§ In answer to the Marquess of LANSDOWNE,
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord REAY)
said, I can communicate a telegram just received from the Viceroy, dated 3.15 p.m. to-day, which is as follows:—Malakand Pass captured yesterday, 3rd April. The pass was very difficult and stoutly held by 3,000, chiefly Mullahs and Sheikhs and their followers, Upper Ranizais, Utman Khels, and Adamzais. Gatherings on Morah and Shahkot Passes had no time to join. Advance was made by our infantry in several columns, and the heights were ultimately carried at the point of the bayonet. Artillery and Maxims co-operated with great success. Enemy lost at least 500, and probably more. Our casualties nut vet known fully, but reported as 50 in second brigade alone. First brigade advance to Swat river to-day (4th), and the second follow when pass is tit for camels.