The Temptress: Page 6 of 35

Bombay, like wild fire. The night, however, passed without any special ground for extraordinary excitement, as  the Who Who of the persons involved in crime remained a sealed book till the next morning, When the morning papers appeared with bold  placards and sensational advertisements giving details in full. Even papers conducted by Tom Dick and Harry made a good cash business 'that' morning. The Journals published articles full of burning excitements, exaggerated rumours and imaginary conclusions. The first imaginary conclusions. The first impressions were simple and amounted to mere sympathy for the dead and the wounded. People took it as no more than a lamentable result of some unknown rivalry in matters of love account strumpet. But no sooner did the relations of Mumtaz with Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar of Indore, painted with the most vilifying manner possible by almost all Anglo Vernacular Newspapers, come to light than the curiosity of the public reached its climax. The people had scarcely finished the reading of the story of the Sir Harising-Robinson case in London when this notorious Mumtaz affair brought the Maharaja Holkar to their notice. None, of course, were given the chance of fully discussing the pros and cons of the so-called relations; and every tyro in the street began to paint the Maharaja in the foulest colours, in the moralist. It must be borne in mind that it was the Harising case which lent so much odious colour to this point, and perverted the right  perspectives of public opinion. The Perversion of the facts owes its orgin to the acrimony of curtain newspapers, who always feed upon scandal, especially when it is in respect of Indian States, whom they hate as bitterly as the British rule it: Khalsa. Their trading on the Hollkar scandal resulted in good bushiness and they found the  Bawla Murder affair a sure and certain help to get time circulation of their papers increased. we have in our mind an infamous  Marathi Journalist, who 'has escaped the tortures of actual starvation since he found in Bawla Murder and the Holkar scandal sufficient material to permit his cursed pen to dance at its pleasure, both in puerile articles and obscene cartoons. The irresponsible howlings of journals made the people almost overlook the tragic death of Bawla, and concentrate their attention on the further un-ravelling of some probable hideous details of the Holkar scandal. People were soon tutored to digest without a Shudder the most defamatory and obscene cartoons. published by some Marathi and Gujarati newspapers whose audacity when to the lengths of openly accusing the Maharaja as the prime mover of the conspiracy. It is not what justification they have. or what evidence they can put in support of this mischievous theory, which has already gone into bankruptcy topsy-turvy, when scrupulously thrashed in the chambers of the Sessions Court, as all are now well aware. Suffice it to say that more mischief is wrought by these mendacious journals than the pistol-shots and knife found of the culprits. More prejudice is 'broadcasted by this pitiless pestilence of newspapers than the