Sir David Baird, whose death is announced by Reuter, had seen active service in three continents. He served with the 74th Foot in the Kaffir War of 1851; and with the 98th Foot in the Crimea, and acted as one of Sir Colin Campbell’s aides-de-camp in the Indian Mutiny. Lord Roberts, in his "Forty One Years in India," tells how Sir David and another officer helped him under fire to plant a flagstaff on the roof of the mess house at Lucknow in order to indicate to the garrison of the Residency the progress of the relieving force. Sir David came of a fighting stock. His great uncle, the first baronet, led the storming party at the successful assault of Seringapatam where, twenty years previously, he had been the prisoner of Hyder Ali. "God help the chiel chained to oor David": his mother is said to have exclaimed on hearing that her son was in fetters. Whether the story is true or not, it probably affords a fair insight into the natural combativeness of the distinguished commander who in 1809 was made a baronet for his services on many battlefields.
MAHOMEDANS AND HINDUS
The London Indian
London, Oct 14
Wazir Hassan, Secretary of the All-India Moslem League, Lucknow, addressing the London Indian Association, reviewed the growth of co-operation between Mahomedans and Hindus in India, emphasising the need for education to make the co-operation of the former effective. It was impossible, however, to dissociate religion from politics.
Therefore he looked forward to a united India in which the union would be a union of communities on federal lines, a federation of faiths no less strong than the federation of the American States or German Kingdoms. The Mussulman mind was awakening to the defects of the present administration. The unity of Hindus and Mussulmans was not to be a unity in opposition to the British Government, though it was true they wished to unite in attacking the citadel of bureaucratic, despotic rule, with its inevitable abuses. Naturally self-government could not be achieved in a day. It would only follow the development of a common nationality, requiring many decades of patient labour and sustained effort.
Mr. C. Ghose, barrister, of Calcutta, cordially reciprocated these sentiments, and gave several instances of harmonious co-operation.
London, Oct 14
The Carmania has arrived at Liverpool. Captain Barr, in an interview, explained the numerous attempts made to establish connection with the Volturno. He manoeuvred to get to windward of the Volturno, and told Captain Inch to string lifebuoys to ropes in order that the Carmania might pick up any person jumping off the Volturno. He said it was useless to send off any further boats in the Carmania&’s position. With a searchlight he watched the boats of other liners. He thought it better to direct other vessels than to rush in and save passengers.He had heard from people in the boats that the people on the ship were as quiet as though terror was upon them. In the circumstances the Captain of the Volturno acted most bravely, considering that he was one against so many terror-stricken people.
PRINCE ARTHUR’S WEDDING
Reception By Their Majesties
London, Oct 14
The King and Queen held a reception at St. James’ Palace yesterday evening, on the occasion of the marriage of Prince Arthur of Connaught, which takes place tomorrow. Eight hundred guests were present, including all the members of the Royal Family. At a meeting yesterday the suffragettes decided to hold a demonstration on the day of the wedding.