Christmas with the Lushai Expedition. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 8 February 1890.
Mary Winchester Zoluti lalet tura a siruk laa General Brownlow kaihhruai sipaiho leh an puakphurte Zorama a rawn chhuah khan Tlabung bul Tuikawi-ah bawk khawhin Krismas an hmang a, hei hi 1871 kum kha a ni a, Mizo tawnga letlingtute lehlin dan a inang lo nual a, a Sap tawnga ziak ngei hi thul chhung atangin ka han haichhuak e.
THE LUSHAI EXPEDITION (1871 1872) by R.G.WOODTHORPE, Royal Engineer.
The next day Christmas Day the 44th went out again, under Captains Lightfoot and Robert-son, and burnt some twenty well-filled granaries, They secured the body and gun of one Lushai, which were sent into camp. The casualties on their side were four men wounded, one of whom was badly hit in the forehead.
Major Stafford also patrolled down to the lower camp and back again, fighting each way.
The Kookies in camp were greatly excited when the Lushai’ s body was taken in, and were very anxious to cut off his head, but of course they
were not allowed to do so. Old Eaipa, on finding that he could not have his desire upon his enemy, set up a dismal wail which must have
been heard for miles.
In the evening all the officers assembled at the head-quarter mess, to keep up as far as possible the semblance of Christmas. They sat at a table raised in a conspicuous position, with candles burning before them, and Lushais firing from the jungle close by.
Whether from some idea that the death of a white man would be more severely revenged than that of a Sepoy, or from some superstitious notion, it is impossible to say; but notwithstand- ing the excellent mark which the dinner-table and its lights presented to them, no shots were fired in that direction though single sentries posted quite near to it were hit.
Another curious fact is that, when some songs were sung after dinner, the Lushais stopped firing altogether while the singing lasted, com-
mencing again when the song was over.
A FLY ON THE WHEEL OR HOW I HELPED TO GOVERN INDIA by LT.COL.THOMAS H.LEWIN
Christmas Day was observed in camp in true English fashion. General Brownlow invited all the officers of the advanced column to dine with him and to our great astonishment, among other good things, a miraculous plum-pudding graced the board. I obtained the recipe afterwards from Major East, Assistang Quartermaster-General, who had evolved the same from his inner consciousness, as follows; one pot of marmalade, one pot of black-currant jam, some guyal suet, and a sufficieny of biscuits pounded fine, together with a tablespoonful of essence of ginger; the whole boiled for two hours; and served with a few spoonfuls of burning brandy. Result, beatific!