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By the Hannah Nicholson we (Melbourne Herali) have news from Calcutta to the 6th January, but our files are by no means complete.
It appears very doubtful.whether the report about the death of Nana Sahib is correct. The Ltwknour Herald assertfe that the Nana'a 'death is yet a doubt- ful question, and our contemporary is still suspicious. His arguments are contained in the 'following
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We certainly do think the Nepaulese might be called upon to furnish the best possible proof in such a case. The Nana was no common, criminal, and our account with him ought to be settled to tbe satisfac- tion of the English nation. It is a singular fact that
reports of hi3 illness were circulated when our inten- .
tion to hunt him out of the Terrai was-first-bruited.
It is equally strange that at no one period between August and December, any general breaking up of the mutineers was reported, although it is evident such a casualty as the Nana's death must lisve so far disconcerted their hopes as to have Induced à desire to surrender. We simply give the following native report in support of our own remarks. It is said that the Nana and Azimoollah have' taken shelter in the mountain ranges about 40 miles from Dhang, and that he adopted the disguise of a Byraggee". ' It will be remembered that the Nana'gave out at Cawnpore in 1857, when pressed by Havelock, that he had sent his family to Sattarah ; the whole, however, have now/ turned up in the Ten-, and ~a_rnow-at _¡an_ich We must bear in mind that the, accounts received by U3 are partial, and intended tomislead, asJhungim KhanBahadoor'scaseexpressedhimselfinamanner to imply readiness on his part to counÉenançèescapeif this, rebel had committed murder. This, too, Was do»e without reserve, and in that ready way-which Paw» from preconceived tendencies. If you bava murdered Europeans, said he, fly'for your life-,' the road is still open. Destiny, however, "holding itB victurj. j& para- lysed inaction, consigned him to the hanc_ of justice. The mutiny has taught us. to place no reliance on information 'from the Nana'a servant*> and unless more trustworthy evidence has co_armed these ac- counts of his death, we have no faith in statements made by or coining from the Nepaulese. That power might at once have Sent the mutineers in chains to one of our frontier military posts, but re- mained inactive1 during a whole year, and entailed upon us-an additional expenditure pf 'fifty lacs. We asked for a force to be led with actir^y, resolution, and vigor, añd'Vere told that the- _Btitteers would die out before'the approach of winter,-* that1 the Tenu fever was equal to a thousand decimating swords, and. that we should have the Nana when his men would be incapable of defending him. No European officer has yet visited the spot where the Nana is reported to have died, and we have every right to doubt nativ» testimony from a quarter where our greatest enemiga have long enjoyed repose."
We have heard it reported very frequently in Lucknow that Tantia Topee was also still alive, and would, turn up some day to overthrow the Govern* ment. > , __ " , ^
The Bombay Telegraph and Courter.publishes the following in an Extraordinary of the 28th ultimo : ^'Defeat of tho Waghuw.-The following important intelligence has been kindly placed af our disposal by a friend in this city ; its accuracy, we believe, may be relied upon. ' Neither the date upon which, nor the name of the place where,'the, Waghurs were encoun- tered, is furnished) but we presume^ from the let Grenadiers, and 11th Native Infantry, having been
engaged in the action, that it must- liave been in the neighbourhood of Porebunder. Our .friend writes : Another disastrous action with the Waghura has just taken place ; although the enemy had beau again de- feated, our loss is exceedingly severe. ; Captain An- derson, of the 11th Regiment N.I., was 'shot through the chest, and it is said was killed' on the'spot. Lieu- tenant Lewis; 1st Grenadiers, is also reported to hare been mortally wounded by a bullet' pawing through his stomach. A doubt, however-,- seema-to exist as to which ofthe two officers was kUfed upon the spot ; but that either one or botbfeU seeO- to bo a factjesta
Wished beyond doubt. Several other ofiie.;i « are re- ported wounded.- The defeat of the Waghura is de- scribed as having been most complete ; their loss has not yet been ascertained, but judging by the casuality rolls on our side, we should think that it must have i een most disastrous."