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THE

WILD SPORTS OF INDIA:

WITH REMARKS ON THE

BREEDING AND REARING OF HORSES,

AND THE

FORMATION OF LIGHT IRREGULAR CAVALRY.

BY

CAPTAIN HENRY SHAKESPEAR,

COMMANDANT NAGPORE IRREGULAR FORCE.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.

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PREFACE.

SINCE the commencement of this work, England has been surprised and horrified by the terrible mutiny and revolt of the Bengal army, and by the cruel enormities committed by men who had taken the oath of fealty and allegiance to the East India Government. It is not too much to say that, in many cases, young and gallant gentlemen, descended from the chivalry of England, have fallen helpless and almost unresisting victims, who, had they been acquainted with the use of their weapons, and accustomed to handle them, as well as manage their horses at speed, might have escaped, or, at least, have sold their lives dearly, and died in arms.

Courage without skill will not avail in the time of danger: and men of great natural courage will,

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