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Lord Hartington has been much harassed, especially by Sir W.

Palliser, as to the policy of retreating from Cabal, in the face of the disaster at Candahar. He has replied that the step was adopted on the strong recommendation of Sir D. Stewart; that it is not a political, but a military measure ; that when we are sending an expedition to relieve Candahar, such a withdrawal, provided for and announced two months ago, could not be misconstrued into a counsel of fear ; and that Sir F. Roberts could, were a base necessary,—which it is not,—be better supplied and reinforced from the Kurnm than from Cabal. In the sufficiency of this answer, even Sir Stafford Northcote had to express a reluctant acquiescence.