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a glorious death. Five thousand rupees were offered for Mhowa - dead or alive before I went on leave. × × × × As the hunt waxed hotter and hotter on the heels of Mhowa, as he grew by degrees tired of being chased in season and out of reason, he arranged through his uncle Petho to surrender to Captain Salmon, then employed, if I remember right, on special outlawry duty. Mhowa never was captured; I do not think he ever would have been. He knew the whole country too well, he had too many friends, and really few enemies, It is only when their women turn against them, or when their friends betray them that the Kathiawar outlaws are fairly run down and caught, But Mhown and Petho put their heads together and decided that it was time to put a stop to this raiding and pillaging. Very amusing for a while, possibly profitable, but one may have too much even of a good thing and after five or six years of it Mhowa felt that he had enough and more than enough. So he resolved to take his chance. I forget exactly how it was contrived that Petho should get the Government reward for the 'Capture', or whether it was actually Petho or someone else put up in Mhowa's name to be informer, and so secure the reward. But Mhowa was duly "Captured” by Captain Salmon who had the honour of receiving his sword, and making him prisoner. The 5,000 rupees in the meanwhile had been deposited with the local Europen shopkeeper, to Mhowa's credit. His trial took place before Mr. Whitworth in my absence. Mhowa retained the leading Rajkot Barrister, Mr. H. A Wadya, and Mr. Wadya daily drew his three hundred rupees out of the Government reward