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THE WAR

ITIBET MISSION

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I TIBET MISSION I ATTITUDE OF THE LAMAS. I All the prisoners taken by the British have been relieved of their arms and sent home from Gyangtse, but the action of the Lamas at that place in putting 100 monks into the fighting line is regarded (says the "Times" correspon- dent) as a grave offence, considering the special treatment which has been accorood to all the monasteries and gompas on the way into Tibet by the British Mission. The chief Lamas were received on Saturday by Colonel Younghusband, who pointed out that the Lamas themselves were compelling the ex- pedition for its own safety to treat the religious houses and men as hostile. The Lamas pleaded that there were overruling orders from Lhasa J and that there was only a small and unwilling response to them on the part of the monks at Gyangtse. In order to maintain connection with the Lamas, Colonel Younghusband inflicted only a small fine, but insisted on a periodical inspec- tion of the Lamassery by British officers. The Dalai Lama remains obstinate in his refusal to recognise the mission. TERROR-STRICKEN TIBETANS. The night before the action in Red Idol Gorge (according to the correspondent of one of the London News Agencies at Gyangtse) the mounted infantry and scouts were fired on from a ridge at right angles to the valley. The force marched out at eight next morning. The Tibetans had posted about 20 leather can- non and jingals on the ridge and opened a con- tinuous fire, but all the missiles fell short. Brigadier-General Macdonald decided to send the Gurkhas up a very steep mountain on the left to outflank their position, while the Sikhs kept to the valley. A great snow cloud swept over the hills, hiding the enemy and the Gurkhas from view. Meanwhile the Tibetans kept on firing through the clouds. The snowstorm lasted about an hour. When the clouds cleared it was found that the Gurkhas were still distant from the enemy's position. As the Tibetans' fire was perfectly harmless the General decided to send the mounted in- fantry through the gorge to reconnoitre. They came back with the information that there was a second position behind the first, with many more of the enemy with jingals behind the, rocks. The Sikhs then advanced on this posi- tion, but could not scale the rocks, so they marched through the gorge, the Tibetans firing the while. Finally they found themselves in a, fairly open valley behind the enemy's position. The Tibetans could then be seen running about the rocks and descending into the valley in a great fright. The mounted infantry pursued them, killing many. The troops could have killed more, but the officers restrained their men. Meanwhile the Gurkhas had reached the top of the mountain, where they found large num- bers of Tibetans hiding in caves in terror. These were called out and reassured, and were told to break their swords and matchlocks, which they did with manifest delight, dancing and jumping on them with pleasure. They were brought down into camp as prisoners. Many are now working with the British Mission as doolie bearers. They explained that they were peasants and did not want to fight, but were forced to do so by the Lamas, who threatened to burn down their villages. FOUR SEPOYS KILLED. Tw° ihstres.smg accidents 'have taken place. Wmle the troops were engaged in destroying the gunpowder abandoned by the Tibetans at Gura fcur Sepoys were killed and a native officer severely injured, and at Gvangtse again fourteen Sepoys were severely hurt. Colonel Young- nusband nas received a letter from two leading Bhutanese chiefs, congratulating him upon the success cf the British arms, and adding that the Tioetans brought their punishment upon them- selves by their folly. Tongsa Penlop intends to visit Colonel Younghusband here.

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