10 SEPTEMBER

BRITISH MAJOR IN INDIA RECOUNTS WITH PRIDE HIS EXTRA-JUDICIAL HANGINGS.

10 September 1857 – The Globe newspaper carries a report by Major MacDonald commanding the third irregular cavalry, in which he proudly recounts how he carried out executions of Indian suspects to a murder without any legal authorization. As he put it

“I took on my own shoulders of hanging them first, and asking leave to do so afterwards,” adding that “two of the culprits were paralysed with fear and astonishment, never dreaming that I would dare to hang them without an order from government.”(1)

Footnote

  1. “India,” The Globe, 10 September 1857 p4

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