Every habitation was explored

TCD MS 10515 folio 139 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 139 recto

knocking them over with clods of earth or lopping off their heads with a Kukri Everyone searched for loot; one officer might be seen groping in the corner of a filthy hut in the hope of finding a rifle for a trophy; a Persian carpet was the ambition of another; a third had a collection of coffee-pots strung along a stick at the sight of which treasures he assured us his wife would go mad with delight. But of such trophies we found little; the Arab scouts knew where to search and so secured most of the booty. Every habitation was explored and everything either looted or destroyed. The destruction of the dwellings was easy; they were built of matting and in a few minutes burnt to a cinder. In less than an /