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a Heroic Willoughby,a of Delhi fame, was there,a all, all were good men and true !
As my sphere of duties widened to embrace the civil department also, the place grew upon me, and I hoped to remain there for a long time. Looking back, I often wish it had been so decreed ! Men who had resided for some time in India thought differently, they longed for,the time when their regiments should be ordered back.
And their wish was soon to be gratified : they returned just in time to get entangled in the outbreak, in which the majority of my old comrades were shot down by the men they trusted.
I was caught in the same trap, but escaped by the skin of my teeth. Circumstances unfortunately compelled me to remain on for many years; but I place it on record that from that time forward I loathed the country and the altered mode of Government, and I maintain, without much fear of contradiction, that under John Companyas Raj, Europeans and natives were far happier than they have ever been since, or ever will be.
At Prome there certainly was a dearth of those amusements to which the majority of officers had been accustomed; but this was the case at most Burmese stations. The band and the mess were all that remained. There was very little sport; and libraries and billiard-tables were inadmissible, as part and parcej of campaigning equipage ; the ladies tooawhere were they ?
In its palmy days of yore, before the great convulsion, India was celebrated for its sociability, for the brotherly feelings that knit together Europeans of every denomination, and for the deference shown them by the population at large.
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