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Representation of South G-lamorgan.

Penarth Church of England…


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the grins,"Tie comrnan3e3'15e sentence 10 -be read in Hindustani to the Sepoy, and when this somewhat unnecessary formality had been complied with, the man was ordered to prepare for the execution of the sentence. The stolid-lo Iciisr native-a fine man, with by no means unpre < -unj,- features-was stripped of his regimental ja", and, escorted by a guard of the British regill I:, r(-hed up to the muzzle of the jgun. When he is; at reached it a smothered sound was heard. It was the order to fix bayonets. The Enfield rifles were all loaded and at the shoulder. At the least sign of insubordination the" Ready, Present, X, ire would have followed, and the native infantry would have been annihilated under an enfilading Are. The cannon were also made ready, and the yawning muzzles, waiting only the touch of the port-fire to belch forth their full contents upon the Sepoys, had a most intimidating effect. All round the parade .ground were artillerymen, standing by the old guns upon the ramparts ready for action. Meanwhile the prisoner had been securely Strapped to the gun, and after a pause, the clear steady voice of the officer commanding the artillery Ordering all to retire from the gun excepting the gunner, who was standing with lighted port-fire ready to discharge the cannon. "Beady," cried the officer. The port-fire gleamed as it was blown by the gunner, and the prisoner -shuddered visibly as the fatal moment approached. He had now only a few ■seconds to live. "Fire!" exclaimed the captain. A roar, like an earthquake, appearing all the more loud from the oppressive silence that had hung around the parade-giound. A cloud of smoke was slowly dispersed. Some fragments of something led were perceived falling. All was over. Without any delay some natives hurried forward ■ -and picked or swept up these red fragments of what ten seconds before had been a living, breathing man in the full enjoyment of health and strength. All Was indeed ended for him. The sun was already nearing the horizon, and no t time was lost. The other prisoner, who had been disturbed by the roar of the cannon, had now to be executed, and th* guard was sent for him. A firing party was told off and toot up their positions oppo- site the wall by the bastion. There was a pause while the poor man, pitied by -all, was being fetched from his cell; but at last he came forward-his face covered up in a cloth. He had himself wrapped his handkerchief around it before the guard had entered the cell. He did not wish to be recognised evidently, for he had shaved his beard and had doffed his uni- form. He came forth with a firm step, his thin -shirt and a pair of trousers with boots being his only clothing. The colonl turned away; he could not bear to look upon the man whom he had endeavoured to save. He pitied him from the bottom of his heart, but he was powerless to alter the doom already pronounced. The prisoner walked firmly to the spot led by a sergeant of the regiment by the sleeve, and placed against the wall. He stood upright and never flinched, nor did he speak a wor d. His sentence was read to him, but he made no observation, nor did he take any notice of the chaplain beside him. Many remarked how wasted j he had become, and in defiance of discipline several men of the regiment whispered that they would SC mC°ly have recognised him as the same man. The condemned man made no sign. The chaplain whispered to him that all was ready, and offered up a prayer by the prisoner's special request. Layton's lips moved in reply to the Amen but no sound escaped his lips, Then the clergyman withdrew, pondering that his services had been declined all the day before, and requested at the last. Ready cried the colonel. The Enfields clattered and rattled. A twitching Of the hands, a tight compression of the fists, was the only evidence that the sergeant had heard the order. U Present-fire TT AP 17, The volley rang out. The aim was true and •teady. No suffering—no pain. Scarce had the ^ords left the officer's lips when the prisoner dropped ■lifeless upon the parade! Many a hardened. soldier gulped down the strange rismg lump in his throat as he recovered" his arms. Many an old hand passed his fingers cau- i°usly to his eyes, and some men even turned away ^reprimanded. ■. t• A P Then a fatigue party came forward, and as the § °rious sun dipped into a'golden sea the guns were wbered up, and the troops were marched from the Parade. The crowd gradually dispersed, and tha lifted the body of their late comrade. J better take off this handkerchief," they Baid. van t bury the poor chap like this." v ,6 (li«d like a man," remarked another, Url^ and without a word. Come on." -Wt r' a''ou^ ^"° raise the body when the I'lporai in change reverently removed the handker- U- iroin the face of the corpse. It was blood- loo^'6't an^ tj§'htly ^ec'' lia«l some diffieultyto ■ ^Lious.fancy," he irmrmurKi. "Poor chap! alive, who's this ? he exclaimed, in Orrer. J men laid the body hastily down, and gazed .In the dread man's lace, horror stricken. + corpse were' now fully dis- 1 ring eyes open to the sky—the ¡,I. ^i-ty r. ('y all that's good ^lere M'iS no doubt about it; it was indeed 'yip ILlJ)P.\ yol,ng officer who had changed places chai, 'l Wia5 l^d injured,, and life having no Wm™S> l°r had suffered for the husband of the I T e once sought to ruin, and who had Orglveu him. s that the God he. had so often offended ,I) I too. '■ f '.Ishe '1.?.; v ( :,r°ne oe«a 8* occupied in witnesrfflg< 'v -uanX ^pactatoni might, fcava ari disguised as a nativa- hastening ,T1^ent' in the direction of th« river. I'V^ly an(i yet with caution. In five tvVh 1,1 -^appeared, and Sergeant X'ayton place ° ° 'e' an<^ an(l comrades. His 1><' ^eeri t ri v nJ n°r would he ever" 'again il „ J-i }!e bad,retrieved his name and fame. reived -m.SV'Yi'" 0n schemes of vengeance, a de- *»s abonf £ ,w°man' had ]e?fc the sfcaiibn, and dead. embark tor England, believing ho was But they were fated to meet again,t