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ORR ঐতিহাসিক চিত্ৰ । করিবেন, ও তাহার ব্যবস্থাও হইয়াছে। কিন্তু যে অশান্তি দেশমধ্যে ব্যাপ্ত হইয়াছে, তাহাতেই সিপাহীদিগের ভাব পরিবর্তন হইতেছে । তিনি বিধবাবিবাহের বিরোধী দিগকে ইহার স্রষ্টা অনুমান করিয়াছিলেন ও কলিকাতার ধৰ্ম্মসভার লোকদিগের দ্বারা সিপাহীদিগের মধ্যে ধৰ্ম্মনাশের বিশেষতঃ তাহাদিগের Calcutta, ( I beleive it is called the Dhurma Subha, ) that they (the Sepoys) are to be forced to embrace the Christian faith. On this report was grafted as an overt act to cause them to lose caste, the destributing amongst them of ball cartridges for the new Enfield rifle, that had the paper forming them greased with the fat of cows and pigs. 2. I should not have allowed these idle and groundless rumours to have had any weight on my mind, knowing that the latter circums tance (regarding the cartridges) would be remedied as soon as reported to higher authority, and trusting to the well-known repugnance of all officers with Native regiments to act or do anything that could be construed into a wish or desire to interfere with the religious prejudices of the men under their command. 3. But, the circumstance of a surgent's Bangalow being burnt down at Raneegunj, supposed to have been caused by an incendiary, a wing of the second Regiment native (Grenadier) Infantry, from this station being now there), and also three incendiary fires having occoured at this station within the last four days ;-one, the electric telegrah Bangalow, and since then two Bangalows that were unoccupied, the second occouring only last night ; as also Ensign F. E. A. Chamier, thirty-fourth Regiment, Native Infantry, having taken a lighted arrow from the thatch of his own Bangalow ;-has confirmed in my mind that these incendiarism is caused by ill-affected men, who wish 'thus to make known or spread a spirit of discontent, and induced the Sepoys to believe they are all labouring under some grievance, which they have not the manliness to make known to their officers. 4. Perhaps those Hindus who are opposed to the marriage of widows in Calcutta are using underhand means to thowart. Government in abolishing the restraints lately removed by law for the marriage of widows, and conceive if they can make sa party of the ignorant classes in the ranks of the army believe their religion or religious