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CAPTAIN MEADOWS TAYLOR, M.R.I.A.

AUTHOR OF "CONFESSIONS OF A THUG,' ETC. ETC.

IN THREE VOLUMES

VOL. III.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS
EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCLXIII

250. p. 130.

The Right of Translation is reserved.

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TARA :

A MAH RATTA TAL E.

CHAPTER I.

THERE is nothing, perhaps, more effectual to deaden, if not to relieve recent misery, than the sensation of rapid motion. Leaning back in the palankeen, with the doors now shut, and the fresh breeze blowing refreshingly through the open blinds, Tara felt herself hurried swiftly and smoothly along, while her attention was at once occupied and distracted by the occurrences of the journey. Sindphul, its temple and trees : the lane which was the bed of the rivulet, through which the bearers plashed rapidly: the village gate now shut, and its bastions manned with men to keep out marauders : the long shady narrow lane, overhung with trees ;—then, beyond, the plain, covered with rich crops of grain now ripening: the shouts of the men and boys, perched upon their stages in the fields,

VOL. III.

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