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Ad been found well wounded in among some whms and brambles. He had gone rushing off to join in the battle, and run full i~to a frightened rebel who shot him and fled, Just as he fired his revolver. So he, the man for whose sake the only lucid warning had been given by any of the inhabitants was the only military casualty. That evenin~ the question of punishment was considered. There was no hope for any of the wounded police, and the resident magistrate was probably dead alrf'ady. Ni~e good men were dead or dying.
The truth is that the idea of using troops in sub-war to support the police does not lead anywhere. It never gets the police right back to duty as police, because the people are no longer supporting and co-operating with the 65 64 • • ~ BRITISH RULE, AND REBELLION a new difficulty. The policy of the civil power is always to hold every district or every county, in spite of the fact that only centres of population and the main communications between them are really being held. All the rest of the country, the fields, the bills, the woods, and the villages, are really uncontrolled, except when columns of troops invade for brief periods.