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A HORRIBLE CARNAGE.

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A HORRIBLE CARNAGE. THE gruesome deed which has been wrought in Thibet in the name of the British people, but without their authority or assent, is of a nature which beggars description. It is no more to be dignified by the name of a battle than is the disgusting work of a shambles. The accounts which have been given in the papers of this bloody deed make the most painful reading and later reports only serve to deepen the horror and the shame of it. Would that it could be blotted out from history! It has inflicted an indelible stain upon British arms, and a sense of its guilt should enter like iron into the soul of the British people. Three hun- dred innocent and inoffensive men have been butchered in cold blood. Three hun- dred mountain, homes are desolate, and GOD only knows how many widows and orphans cuise the British flag. And for what? Why has this shameful thing taken place? The Thibetans are a peace-loving people, and they have given no cause of offence. Alone among nations, they maintain no armaments; and all they ask is to be let alone. Their crime is that they refuse to open their doors to what we are pleased to term European civilisation. For ten years Anglo-Indian diplomacy has been trying to open up Thibet as a market for Indian tea and Bradford woollen goods. To that end the Indian Government has pressed for per- mission for British merchants to travel freely throughout Thibet. This demand has consistently been refused. Failing that, the Indian Government pressed for the opening up of one town inside the Thibetan frontier as a Free Mart. After negotiations this was conceded, and Yatung was declared a Free Mart." But it was quite another thing to find customers. Thibetan traders would not come near the Free Mart." The Indian Government then pressed for another mart further into the interior of Thibet. To this demand the Thibetans have offered a steady policy of "passive resistance." Hence the present expedition. The Thibetans not unnaturally resented this unprovoked invasion of their country. And that they are a peace-loving and non- aggressive people is proved by the fact that all the efforts which they have made to induce this invading force to turn back have been by persuasion and remonstrance. On Thursday a Thibetan leader, accompanied by about 1,500 followers, made another attempt to secure the withdrawal of the British force from their country. Colonel YOUNGHUSBAND refused. But more than that, he surrounded the Thibetans, and pro- ceeded to disarm them by force. The only arms of the Thibetans were stones, swords, and antiquated firearms-matchlocks for the most part. We are told that their leaders bad the insolence to encourage the men to resist" disarmament. Some stones were thrown, a pistol was discharged. Then a horrible scene of carnage commenced. The defenceless Thibetans were hemmed in on every side. In Colonel YOUNGHUSBAND'S own words, They were surrounded to such a degree that our men were pointing their i-ifies into the camp over the wall." The nature of the business is shown by the list of casualties on either side. On our side they amounted to one newspaper corres- pondent severely wounded and one officer and seven men slightly wounded. On the Tbibetan side they amounted to "300 or more killed, and many wounded and prisoners." Little wonder that the news of this revolting carnage has altered and sobered the tone of the Government Press. The Telegraph, though still exulting in the expedition, can only say It was not a battle, but a battue"; and the Standard confesses that." In such an affair there was no glory to be won." Let us hope that those responsible for the expedition which has led to this terrible affair will be brought to justice and punishment.

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