Ere he attained a footing, he had clasped a tuft of grass with his left hand, and was on the point of surmouinting the difficulty, when a fierce Mussulman, with a curved, glittering scimitar, made a stroke at his head, which completely cut the bearskin from his helmet, without further injury. He performed this arduous duty effectually, and although first in the town, his company were the only part of the regiment who did not reap any pecuniary reward for such daring heroism. One step the water scarcely covered the foot; the next we were plunged headlong into an abyss of fathoms deep. How far this deviation from orders can be justified may be subject for discussion, but a brave man does not often reflect on consequences, when assured that an energetic movement on his part will probably ensure a certain victory and the preservation of a multitude of his fellow-soldiers. Towards evening the troops selected on this interesting occasion moved slowly down to the trenches, under the command of Baird. At this time General Baird was discovered on the ramparts. Tippoo finding his troops fired on from the inner ramparts, hastened to the Sallyport.
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