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iMEER'S VISIT TO INDIA ING WITH LORD DUFFERIN. erin and the Ameer of Afghanistan met udi on Tuesday. Lord Dufferin, on hit a day or two before, was met at the rail. • by the Punjab chiefs, with many s and military officers, and had npoaing reception. In reply to 'rom the municipality Lord Dufferin as glad that his first public act as India was to cultivate friendly relations i a^v ereigns of states which were conterminous with the Indian frontiers. He trusted that the ;r;endly reception which was about to be accorded to the Ameer would prove to all our neighbours our firm intention to rpspect their rights and wo .Id confirm the confidence in us which had solong been established. Bis Highness the Ameer of Afghanistan was received on the 26th on the boundary of the Afthan territory at Turyham, west of Lundi Kotal, by Colonel Water- field, Commissioner of Peshawur, escorted by the 1st Bengal Cavalry. His Highness who is accompanied by about 2,000 men—cavalry, infantry, and a bat. tery of six mounted screw guns encamped that day at Lundi Kotal. On the 28th he marched through All Musjid to the Shaghai heights, whence our heavy gnug were placed ou Ali Musjid in November, 1878. On the 29th at Jamrud he was met by General T. Gordon, appointed on behalf of the Viceroy to be in waiting on the Ameer, and he waa received with a Royal salute from the Artillery and the Bengal Cavalry. On Tuesday morning he reached Rawul Pindi and was received at the station by Sir C. Aitchison, Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, and a large ttumber of high officials. An imposing military procession escorted the Ameer from the station to the residence specially prepared for him. All the available troops were massed along the route of the procession. The pageant was, however, greatly marred by the heavy rain which was falling at the time. On reaching his resi- dence the Ameer waa met by the Viceroy, who was accompanied by his military and private secretaries. The Ameer was much impressed by the grandeur of his reception. The correspondent of the Standard nates that the Ameer in an interview with Lord Pufferin, said he should ask for large pecuniary Assistance from the British Government, and for troops in case of further eventualities. The durbar was postponed in consequence of the heavy rain. The Ameer, says the correspondent of the Times, fa a hale. man, full of conversation. He pridee himself on hia powers of organisation, on his varied travels, and extensive knowledge thus acquired. He appears extremely self-reliant. He notices every- thing, and makes very pertinent remarks. He is in excellent spirits, and expresses the great satis* faction which he feels at having been able to accom- plish this, his first visit, to India. The glimpse of the Peshawur valley from the mouth of the Khyber reminded him of Balkh. Describing the arrangements for accommodating the civil and military officers the Times' correspondent tiays: The Viceroy's camp is on the racecourse, west if the cantonments, and presents a handsome appear- nce. Tw) broad metalled roads lead to it, separated x band of turf, studded with plants, grouped n und .tains. They are bounded on either side by a long of large tents, placed well back, and connected .1 canvas walls. These tents lead to the larsredur- tent, at the end of the enclosure. At night the unp is brilliantly lighted with gas and coloured .interns, which mark the entrances to the tents, ad- ding to the general effect. The Viceroy's escort is en- amped here. South of the Viceroy's camp, on the 'posite side of the Peshawur road,are the E. A. Royal rse Artillery, the 9th Lancers, the Seaforth High- ?rs, the 1st Bengal Infantry, and the Corps of s, under the command of Colonel Campbell. f the escort camp is the camp of the Lieutenant- nor of the Punjab. The civil camp, which the Commander-in-Chief's camp, is on the parade ground in the middle of the can. It had been arranged to place the camp near the park to the south-east of .tonments, but the tents sent for his use ind to be unsuitable, and he is lodged in a ere, which has been richly furnished. The durbar tent, lent by the Maharajah, has on the lawn. The troops encamped ■una plain, about two miles to the east onments, are the Rifle Brigade and the ruikhas, brigaded together in the 1st The Rifle Brigade turned out he tents for the 4th Gurkhas, who ir- The Punjab chiefs are encamped to the ity.