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THE AFGHAN RISINGS. THE REVOLT AI HERAT. A- 1 -11 OFFICIAL NARRATIVE. ATTITUDE OF THE AMEER. ATTACK ON THE 72ND REGIMENT. MONGOL RAID ON A BRITISH CONVOY. THE GUARD AND MULETEERS KILLED, The following telegram has been received by the Secretary of State for India :— FROM VICEROY, SEPT. 20 1879. Letter from Ameer, dated Sept. 16, and inclosing Turkestan and Herat reports, as follow "Mutiny of troops and murder of Fakir Ahmed Khan, Civil Governor and Military Cornmrmdant under Ayoob Khan, at Herat; disaffection 01 three regiments ordered to march from lakt-i-pul and Mazar-i-Shariff to Ali Shaban in Turkestan. "Ayoob's letter to Ameer confirms report of dis- turbance in Turkestan, and begs leave to resign his position. „ Ameer states that he hopes very shortly to regain his power, and intends to expend the whole of his resources and energy in maintaining his friendship with British Government." Message ends. This news is confirmed by following telegram simultaneously received from Major St. John, in Candahar:— Letter from Ayoob Khan, at Herat, to Sirdar, states that on Sept. 5 Cabuli regiments mutinied, attacked house of General Fakir Ahmed Khan, killed him, plundered and burnt his house. „ i Fakir Ahmed Khan was a noted and very faithful adherent of Yakoob and his brother, Ayùod Khan fled with the latter into Persia in Feb., 1875, in the time of Shere Ali." The following important information dated Shutar- gardan, Sept. 22nd, was received in London on TuesdayOn the 12th inst. Mustanni Habid Khan and Nazir Habib Mahomed, two of the highest digni- taries of the Court of Cabul, occupying the post of confidential advisers to the Ameer, arrived hero with a large retinue, being received at the entrance of the Camp by a British officer deputed for the purpose. They were the bearers of a letter from the Ameer to General Roberts, and proceeded on the 20th to the Divisional Head-quarters at Ali Kheyl" escorted by a British officer. The object of this important mission has not transpired, but it is generally sup- posed that it is to persuade the Indian Government to abandon the idea of an advance upon Cabul. During the night of the 18th, about 10 o'clock, the camp of the 72nd Regiment was fired into. The officers were standing round a wood fire, when shots from a neighbouring0 hill were discharged at them. Thay immediately scattered the burning logs that the enemy should have nothing to aim by, and whilst doing so were again shot at, a brisk volley being poured into the camp. One ball entered a soldiers' tout and wounded private Jackson as he was prepar- ing to turn out. The 72nd picket and sentries quickly made use of their rifles in return, and a company was sent cut to clear the ground. The marauders, however decamped, having first put out the lighted beacon 'used to show the way to our position. They were probably Ghilzais, under the influence of religions p-<vita:;iai't As a proot or the continuance of depression in the German iron and steel trades, it is stated that 20e notices of dismissal have just been served in the Osnabrick Iron and Steel Works, and 130 in the Hermann's Casting-steel Works at Horde. A farewell complementary dinner has been given in London, to Messrs. Peters and Monteith, the workmen's delegates who are about to visit the West Indian colonies, to report upon the cane sugar-pro- ducing advantages of those colonies. A Tenement House, in Gold Street, Boston, U.S., has caught fire the other day. A large number of people were asleep within at the time, and most es. caped with slight injuries. Five, however, were burnt to death, and three were fatally injured. At the first meeting of the London Court of Com- mon Council since the recess, the other day, a letter was read from the ex-Empress of France warmly thanking the Council for their address of condolence with her on the occasion of the death of her son. liic roaa to rue rvaratu;1111 is now ready for the passage of guns, and that across the Shutarganhm Pass, down the other side to the bed of tho river, is also completed for wheeled traffic. A permanent telegraph wire has been laid to the crest of the Shutargaiaan, whence messages have been sent to India since the 19th. A "Duffudar" and "Sowar" of the Guides wore part of the Embassy guard which escaped the massacre on the 16th, disguised as Afghans. Nakshbhand Khan Sirdar Bahadur, who hits fled from Cabul, has taken refuge with us. Ho was Ris- saldar (major) of tho 19th Bengal Lanccrs. Badsha Khan's uncle is now at Ali Khoyl. ..«n'"5' "lÜllJ1b -Ll4.iÄG. Cllrn:yCI 90 mules, in ohargc of 11 Sepoys of the Sth Puiijaub f Infantry. Eight and 15 mule drivers were killed. most of them stabbed by knives. The Mongols were 400 strong, and surprised the party at the foot of the Kotal, an out-of-the-way spot, at the entrance of the pais. At the same time they attacked the tower at Lhe top 01 the Tirkai Kotal, held by a detach- mcnt of the same regiment, under a British officer. These however, soon dislodged the enemy, who had ensconced themselves amongst the rocks opposite and above them. Four companies of the 72nd, encamped two miles away, were sent in pursuit, but before they could come up with the enemy the Mongols made off by unknown paths to their own mountain tops, whence 'hey fired a volley in defiance of their pur- suer?. It did no harm, as it was at a distance of 3,000 yar.ia. They looted several mules, Sniper rifles, am. munition, and accoutrements. The Second Brigade is now holding the Shutargar- dan. General Baker is in command, and expects to advance on Kushi very shortly. The force is com- posed of the 72Qd Highlanders, 15th Goorkhas, and the 15th Punjaub Infantry. The 23rd, attached to General Roberts, is expected here. The health and spirits of the troops are excellent. The weather is fine and colcl- The Mongols have attacked a British convoy near the Shutargardan. 25 have been killed on our side. Four miles east of Shutargardan a body of Mongols wayh'id a retorning convoy and looted eighty-four ules. Thev killed -the guard, numbering nine Sepoys, and als-' sixteen muleteers. This'is the first raid that has been made. THE PLAN OF OPERATIONS. The following is the official plan of operations in Afghanistan as now definitely settled. The occupa- tion of Cabul having become a necessity, carnage is being supplied and measures taken to send and main- tain troops under the command of General Roberts, from the Khurum Valley to Cabul. The troops to proceed with General Roberts will consist of one bat- tery of Horse Artillery, one field battery, and one mountain battery, tho 67th Foot, the ¡2ud, 92nd Queen's, the 12th Bengal Cavalry, 14th Bengal Cavalry'and wing of the 5th Punjaub Cavalry, the 5th Ghoorkas, 5th Punjab Infantry, 23rd I loneers, 28th Punjaub Infantry, SrdS-khs, ono company of Hap- 28th pers and Miners; making a total of seven thousand or eight thousand men. The following force is available for an advance to simultaneously open communication between Peshawur and Cabul:—One battery Horse Artillery, one field battery, one heavy battery, and two mountain batteries, one regiment of British cavalry, four regiments of native cavalry, five regi- ments of native infantry, and two companies of Sappers and Miners, in addition to the troops now holding thc lvhyber as far as .Lundi Kotal and thc Peshawur Valley. General Gough is to command the movable column in advance of Jelialabai, and General Arbuthnot, C.B., the troops in the Khyoer. To General Doran the command ot the whole opera- tion is entrusted, while. General Bright will bo;d the supreme command from the Attack to Jugdaluk. The operation thus developed will represent an ad- vanced division capable of meeting anything Afghan- istan can bring into the field from CabUi. The communications will be assured, and the advancing column be supported from Peshawur. The troops in advance of tho Khyber number fifteen thousand men.

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