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Examples of Khuram
The advanced column of this division consisted of the 7th company of Bengal Sappers, the 23rd Bengal Pioneers; a battery of horse artillery, one of Royal Artillery, and two mountain batteries; a squadron of the 10th Hussars, and the 12th Bengal Cavalry.
The defects of the transport were aggravated, as the time went on; and the Norfolk Rangers fared much better than some of the troops which followed them.
With the exception of fruit trees planted round the villages, scarce a tree is to be found; but each village is marked by a huge chunar-or oriental plane-beneath which the villagers rest during the noonday heat.
On the hills around a considerable number of sheep were seen grazing; but the natives did not care about selling these which, indeed, belonged for the most part, not to the Turis-the tribe which inhabit the valley-but to nomad Ghilzais who, like the Swiss shepherds, move about with their charges among the mountains, wherever fodder is to be obtained.
The buildings-which would have been useful for the troops-had, however, been wrecked by the Turis; who have a deadly hate for the Afghans-their masters-and who were also animated in their work of destruction by a desire to obtain wood, which is exceedingly scarce there.
On the 24th the headquarters, with the cavalry and two regiments, moved forward ten miles and encamped at the south end of the Darwazi Pass-the road leading to open, broad valleys, covered with dwarf palms, and wholly uncultivated.