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NANA SAHIB, The supposed Nana is still the chief topic of con- versation in India; and the latest intelligence received is that he is to be moved at once to Agra. A wing of the 28th, with a proportion of artillery (three guns) and cavalry from Nusseerabad and Neemuch, will form the escort. It would have been as well (says a cor- respondent) to have first settled the question unmis- takably as to whether the real Nana is in custody. or not, before sending 800 Europeans on what may prove Mr unprofitable journey. Another account states that reports are circulated that the gathering of "Budmashes" and "Pandies," who were at Saloomba a short time ago, kave nearly all dispersed, or hidden themselves in the surrounding hills and jungles. This appears to have arisen from the news of the probability of a force moving out from Neemuch having' been conveyed to their locality. The Nana still remains in durance vile at Ajmere and the Government have as yet made no sign with regard to his future destination. It is said in Nusseerabad that Captain Carnell is to proceed in charge of the prisoner to Cawnpore, or at least that this officer has been named for the duty by the Governor-General's agent for Rajpootana. The Nana is now much thinner than when he was first captured, and his skin, particularly of the face, has become much lighter in colour. It is most extra- ordinary nothing should be known as to what is to be done with him, as, putting the telegraph aside, time has elapsed for a reference to Simla or Calcutta almost over again. It is rumoured the Saloomba Thakoor has sent vakeels into Neemuch denying all complicity in the Nalia's, affairs, End stating tha he didnot know that it was the Nana, and that he is innocent of Pandies. There could surely be little difficulty in ascertaining the facts of the case with our military stations of Khairwarrah, not more than thirty miles distant from Saloomba. News has been received that the photographs of the supposed Nana, sent to Cawnpore, were pronounced by Captain Court, of the police, and by Dr. Cheek, the civil surgeon, as not at all resembling what they recol- lected as the Nana. Both these gentlemen were well acquainted with him previous to the mutinies. It must, however, be remembered that the photographs were amateur productions, and that the man must have altered considerably during six years of wander- ing. If not the Nana why does he not indicate the Deccan village from which he came ? But this he is unable to do. The Englishman says:—" The first count against the Nana ought to be for rebellion, and rebellion alone; and, if found guilty, he should be hanged for rebellion, and be thankful for the clemency which does not blow him away from a gun, or flay him alive, or impale him, which would have been his certain lot under a Mogul conqueror. It should only be under the very unex- pected contingency of the Nana being acquitted of rebellion, or acquitted of consorting with rebels, that he should be tried for those horrible crimes on which the memory of the public is too apt to run." We do not agree with the writer, says the Observer. If we try the Nana simply for rebellion we shall fail to carry the sympathies of the people with us, for it is known all over India that he had a grievance against our rule. If we try him for the horrid massacre of women and children at Cawnpore, we shall approve ourselves to the conscience of every native of the country when we hang him.

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