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N.I., who commanded an outpost during the siege.
'A Lady's In reviewing on April 24th 'A Lady's Diary siege of of the Siege of Lucknow: written for the Perusal
i.ucknow.' Df Friends at Home,' the Athenaum says: "Here is the story of Lucknow, told without a touch of art or effort. It is strictly and simply a diary, and the shadow of death is on almost every page. The lady who writes enters morning and evening in her journal the incidents of the last few hours, and in her broken narrative, blotted with tears, the tragedy stands forth more terrible, the heroism more majestic, than in any military chronicle, emblazoned like a banner with those epic epigrams that tell of victory. This is a book written by one who nursed the dying, who shrouded the dead, who sat among the Hecubas of that Indian Troy, while round shot splintered their walls, while blood dripped from the verandah into the room, while women were begging that their husbands should be inclosed in coffins instead of being wrapped in their bedding for the grave, and while all the circumstances of horror that accompanied the siege were witnessed, without the heat and flush, the cordial and fierce enchantment of battle. To the writer of the journal Lucknow itself was a scene almost as new as the mutiny: she had arrived there with her husband only a few weeks before the outbreak; and it was her habit to keep a diary whatever might be the influences surrounding her. Sometimes with a child in her arms or asleep in her lap, often with the enemy at the walls and the hurricane eclipse of an assault at the gates, she continued this tale of Lucknow; and although few of its passages are characterized by any intrinsic novelty, the whole narrative is rendered fresh and warm by unaffected womanly sentiment, by the rapid alternations of the writer's feelings, by the fact, indeed, that the author is a lady, and not a Captain or a Civilian Volunteer."
'Day by Day at Lucknow,' by Mrs. Case, is'Day by Day reviewed on the 3rd of July. Mrs. Case's first at uc nowdate is May 21st, when anxiety had been felt at Lucknow for several weeks, and when the rising of the native soldiers was imminent. Precautions were taken, and it was not until the end of the month that the revolt broke out, and the women were ordered into the Residency. Then came the awful news from Cawnpore, and "these reports, blackening as they flew, excited a panic that shook with strange terrors every
heart in the garrison There were some
terrific tempests, accompanied with thunder and lightning, and while these continued the Sepoys never ceased their fire; their batteries maintained a rivalry with the clouds of heaven, and the double roar produced an effect rare even in warfare. Of course, the tenants of the Residency
were in perpetual danger The building was
shaken by the explosion of mines, which the ladies appeared to anticipate with peculiar horror. On the 27th of July :—
"' Mrs. Inglis went this evening to see Mrs. Cooper, and there she heard that the enemy are mining just under the mess-room, close to where all the ladies are. It was first found out, I believe, by one of the ladies, who heard the noise when she was in her bath-room, and called her husband to listen to the sound. But we are making a counter-mine there; so I hope we may get the best of it The ladies are sadly frightened, and no wonder. Nothing can be more dreadful than the idea of mines.'
"Some of these mines were beautifully constructed, and in one a wax candle was found burning. What moral effect was produced by these alarms is shown by the narrative of Mrs. Case :—
"' In the evening Mrs. Inglis went to see Mrs. Cooper, and found Mrs. Martin sitting with her. They all had a consultation as to what they would consider best to be done in case the enemy were to get in, and whether it would be right to put an end to ourselves, if they did so, to save ourselves from the horrors we should have to endure. Some of the ladies keep laudanum and prussic acid always near them. I can scarcely think it right to have recourse to such means.'"
On the 20th of November a review appears of
'Letters written during the Siege of Delhi,' by The siege of
Delhi. H. H. Greathed, edited by his widow : “In the terrible outbreak at Mírat Mr. and Mrs. Greathed had a very narrow escape. They were in concealment on the roof of their house, while the mutineers were plundering it, and could hear them yelling for their blood. The wretches had set fire to the building, and just as the flames got the ascendant, and the smoke was becoming intolerable, Mr. Greathed and his wife were Mr. Greathed saved by the presence of mind and courage of an their head servant, Gulab Khán. He went up Gulab Khán. boldly to the mutineers, and told them it was no use their searching in the house for his master and mistress, but if they would follow him he would show them where they were concealed. Before the murderous wretches could return, mad with the deception that had been practised upon them, their intended victims had escaped, which they had no sooner done than the house fell in with a crash. Guláb Khán, who was himself in imminent danger, but was dexterous enough to elude the fury of the mob, was afterwards rewarded by the Governor-General with a gift of a thousand rupees and a pension of a hundred rupees a year.”
The books of the year included the first two Literary volumes of the 'History of Friedrich the Second,
year, called Frederick the Great,' by Thomas Carlyle;
'The History of the Origin and Rise of the Republic of Venice,' by William Carew Hazlitt; 'Fifty Years' Recollections,' by Cyrus Redding; 'The Eighteen Christian Centuries,' by the Rev. James White; 'The Works of William Shakespeare, the Text revised by the Rev. Alexander Dyce'; the first and second parts of Bohn's edition of Lowndes; the second and third volumes of Lord Macaulay's 'History of England '; Trelawny's 'Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron'; 'Andromeda,' by Charles Kingsley; Cardinal Wiseman's ' Recollections of the Last Four Popes'; 'Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age,' by the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone; the first volume of Thackeray's 'Virginians'; the first and second volumes (all published) of 'The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley,' by Thomas Jefferson Hogg; 'Historical and Biographical Essays,' by John Forster; 'Legends and Lyrics,' by Adelaide Anne Procter; 'History of the First Battalion Coldstream Guards duringtheEastern Campaign, from February, 1854, to June, 1856,' by John Wyatt, Battalion Surgeon; 'The Modern Art of taming Wild Horses,' by J. S. Rarey; 'The Ballads of Scotland,' edited by William Edmonstoune Aytoun; 'Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa,' by Dr. Barth; and 'The British Cavalry; with Remarks on its