31 AUGUST 1867, Page 1

The great difficulty of the expedition will probably be water.

Dr. Beke says there is none, and even if that is an exaggeration, mountain water in the tropics is always bad. If the Government will send out a few thousand gallons of some cheap via ordinaire, and prohibit any drinking of " pure " water, they will save hundreds of lives. The Sikhs will drink anything which even seems to be liquor, though they like over-proof whisky with chillies in it best, and the Mussulmans will call it vinegar, and be quite contented.