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ধৰ্ম্মনাশে সিপাহী-বিদ্রোহ । SORO খৃষ্টান হওয়ার কথা প্ৰচারিত হইতেছে বলিয়া সন্দেহ করিয়াছিলেন । ধৰ্ম্মসভার সহিত সিপাহীবিদ্রোহের বিশেষ কোনরূপ সম্বন্ধ ছিল। কিনা আমরা বলিতে পারি না । সৈনিক কৰ্ম্মচারিগণের এরূপ অনুমানের মুল কি তাহ অবগত হওয়ার উপায় নাই। যাহা হউক, এইরূপ ধারণার বশবর্তী হইয়া তাৎকালিক সৈনিক কৰ্ম্মচারিগণ সিপাহীদিগের পরিবর্তে হিন্দু জনসাধারণের স্কন্ধে এই বিদ্রোহসূচনার ভার অর্পিত করিতে সচেষ্ট হইয়াছিলেন । prejudices, are eventually to be abolished by force, and by force they are all to be to made Christians and thus by shaking their faith in Government lose the confidence of their officers by inducing Sepoys to commit offences (such as incendearism) so difficult to stop to or prove, they will gain their object. 5. Brigadier Grant directed commanding officers of Regiments at this station the day before yester-day to parade their corps, and asked them if they had any grievance to complain of. Three of the officers have reported their men to be perfectly satisfied, and Colonel S. G. Wheler, Commanding the thirty-fourth Regiment, Native Infantry, assured the rumour so industriously circulated was false, aud the Native officers and men said they were satisfied, that it was so, but one Native offlicer respectfully asked if any orders had been received regarding the Enfield rifle cartridges. This he could not answer, as the letter permitting G/tee or other matirial to be used for that purpose by the men only arrived this morning. I have, however, directing its contents to be made known to every Regiment in the cantonment, and a copy to be sent to Colonel C. S. Riel, commanding Dum-Dum, for Major Bontein's information. 6. It is my purpose, should this uneasy filling not abate, to parade the brigade, and myself explain the absurdity of the notion that, any, the most distant, intention to interfere with their religion is comtemplated by Government, 7. I am sorry to add that I this morning heard that the officer, Commanding Her Majesty's fifty-third Regiment in Fort William wrote to the officer in command of the wing of that Regiment at Dum-Dum to warn a company to be ready to turn out at any moment, and had distributed to the men of the company ten rounds of balled ammunition,