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‘The Ustrelyahs, whom we met later, also spoke through their noses not little, and they were tall dark men, with grey clear eyes, heavily eyelashed like camel’s eyes – very proper men – a new breed of Sahib to me…Dark, tall men, most excellent horsemen, hot and angry, waging was as war, and drinking tea as a sandhill drinks water…’


This is from ‘A Sahib’s War’ in ‘Traffics and Discoveries’.

A Sikh soldier who accompanied his officer to the South African War is recalling the Australian soldiers with strong approval.