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blog 320: 300 pounds of lard

July 4th I pull myself together I must! Today is a big smallpox inoculation drive. A third of the column. I bait it with the offer of a week free of marching or fighting. Big armies mean big outbreaks of … Continue reading

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blog 318: the man I loved most in the world is dead

June 30th Lucknow Residency telegraphs it is besieged. 3000 Loyalists. But only some 900 Europeans are actual soldiers along some actual 700 Indian soldiers. The rest are civilians, technical people, pundits, civil servants, wounded, or the sick. The Rebels number … Continue reading

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blog 315: plassey and the atlantis of britanna

June 23rd The Anniversary of the Battle of Plassey. Everyone assumes the Rebels will make a big push on all fronts. They have staked their reputations of this day. Officially, the entire British Empire implodes into dust and rubble and … Continue reading

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blog 305: the knaves all outrank me!

Last telegraphic message and by now I am assuming it is bad. It is. Wheeler is surrounded and being attacked on all sides by mutineers led by Nana Sahib and commanded by ‘General’ Tope. Nana Sahib betrayed him over and … Continue reading

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blog 221: i meet a traveling ghost

By dusk I was staking out the spot where everyone said the ghost of Narain Rao commenced his banshee-like wailing each and every night. Because everyone was accusing me of not doing anything I asked for a rope. They gave … Continue reading

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blog 220:hey fat friend? who is your skinny friend?

I met the local policeman after being debriefed by the Royal Munshi. “What was stolen?” I asked. “Damnation! The royal fat man won’t tell me!” the policeman replied. “He was all howling but now he is mum exactly what has … Continue reading

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blog 219: caught red handed! cooking!

“You are not under arrest Nicholson Sahib” the soldiers explained as they escorted me to Bithur. “Nana Sahib wishes to meet you. That is all.” “Well I don’t much care to meet Nana Sahib so I will return to my … Continue reading

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