[Reproduced from The Times of London, Dated October 24, 1835]

Advices from Calcutta to the 12th of May [1835] have arrived. The movements of the contending parties in the north of India were watched with much interest by
the British residents in India, and that war, though on a small scale, was considered the most important political event which has occurred in the East Indies for many years. The result, it was expected, would materially affect the interests of England, inasmuch as the defeat of Runjeet Singh would much increase the Russo-Persian influence in those dominions.

The two powers, the Afghans and the Sikhs were concentrating their forces near to the passes of the Khybar, where the dispute was to be decided by force of arms.

The Afghans are well mounted, brave and desperate combatants, while the Sikhs are equally determined, in a high state of discipline, officered by Europeans (mostly Frenchmen), and in great numbers. The struggle, therefore, was expected to be sanguinary.

Runjeet Singh, the Rajah of Punjab, Lahore, and Cashmere, with their immense dependencies, or, as he is denominated in India, “The Lion of the North, and Rajah of the Five Waters,” is himself a faithful ally and supporter of the interests of the [East India] Company, while Dost Mahommed Khan is hostile to their views; so that it is argued, should the former be overthrown, the Company would be compelled to extend their territory to the banks of the Indus.

M. Allard, the commander-in-chief of Runjeet’s army, has arrived at Paris within a very few days, for the purpose of procuring workmen to take out with him to cast balls, as he had not succeeded in teaching the natives of Cashmere to do it, although he had made them very efficient in casting cannon. Madame Allard is the daughter of a Prince of Lahore, and has five children, who are now in Paris at a Catholic boarding-school.

Runjeet Singh is a man of about 55 years of age, but as infirm as an ordinary man at 80 or 85. His eldest son, aged about 25, who will succeed him in his vast authority, a vain, ambitious man, has openly declared his abhorrence of the East India Company, and his willingness to assist in making inroads into the British possessions.


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