Date: February 23, 1904 (2015)
Location: Entrenched Camp, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Situation: After The Battle
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
Feb. 22, 1904 Gen. Pettygree Arrives at Tapi River Camp near Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Battle of Burhanpur.
See Previous Chapter 73 here:
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After the victory of Burhanpur, General Pettygree thanked the men within the entrenched camp.
He next rode outside the camp to thank and review the 9th Bengal Lancers.
As he wheeled Express to return to the enclosure....
Two of the defeated Thugee Host carefully aimed a singularly long jezail and....
Fired at the General.
Nahin, sahib khabadar. (Take care) General! Be still.
General --- GENERAL!
AN INSTANT LATER
"Yes. --- I can hear you. --- But, I've lost my sight."
"He's unresponsive. We've lost him!"
"Confound it man. I CAN hear you! --- What's wrong with you?"
"Here I am. Who are you? --- What do you want and where am I?"
"There are many questions. Come hither and you will know."
"I beg your forbearance --- but the crossing to where?"
"Preposterous. A moment ago I was reviewing the Lancers in India. However, my uniform is changed. I must be dreaming and you are a vision in that dream. Or --- am I dead?"
"I am compelled. I will."
"All is as you sense and much more."
"Yes when your mission is completed --- or not --- as you choose."
"What you know interiorly."
"A riddle or ruse I dare wonder."
"Quiet your mind and reflect."
"There is more, William."
"I have something to show you. Let's return to the bridge."
"You know them all William. Look more closely. More will come."
"Do they appear so?"
"You are free to cross. However, if you pass the boundary on the other side of the bridge, you can not return to India, your wife Mary and your mission."
"I have a choice then?"
"Yes. However, before you decide, allow me to reveal images of what will be if you remain."
"A confident foe will arise. He could rival the malevolence of Roman Emperor Nero."
"He will travel to the palace of the Thugee Supreme Leader Muljadhi."
"I have been summoned by Muljadhi. Take me to him."
"The Razzia will begin with the greatest ferocity today. We will take no prisoners."
"You may commence with our captives here."
"You will find forgiveness in the arms of Kali as you enter eternity. It is your fate."
"Yes, when the time is right. Godspeed William."
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1) From Empress Miniature see Mutton Chop miniatures MC004 Lord Cirencester and Jazz Age Imperialism for several of the natives. The elephant is from Foundry. Muljadhi and Pettygree aboard his horse are 30mm Edward Suren castings. The bridge and buildings in the beginning are from Miniature Building Authority.
2) Dismounted lancers are mostly Old Glory. Mounted lancers and Imperial infantry are Connoisseur Miniatures.
3) I can't remember what company manufactures the woman.
4) Thank you Clive G. reminding me Parroom Station offers the nemesis in this story in their Extraordinary Personages as Captain Nemo.
5) Muljadhi's palace is an Ian Weekly creation from the collection of Der Alte Fritz.
6) Thank you for looking in. Your remarks are welcome below at Comments.
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