The mess rose joyously as he thrust forward the hilt of his sabre in token of fealty for the colonel of the White Hussars to touch, and dropped into a vacant chair amid shouts of: "Rung ho, Hira Singh!" (which being translated means "Go in and win ").
After the shouting had died away Hira Singh rose to reply, for he was the cadet of a royal house, the son of a king's son, and knew what was due on these occasions.
Decidedly Hira Singh's was the speech of the evening, and the clamour might have continued to the dawn had it not been broken by the noise of a shot without that sent every man feeling at his defenseless left side.
Hira Singh started slightly at the sound of the man's pain.
"Now where the dickens did you get that knowledge, Hira Singh?" said the captain of the Lushkar team.
"Hear him!" said Hira Singh simply, pointing at the crumpled figure that wept as though it would never cease.
Hira Singh was the last to go, and he looked at Dirkovitch.
Only Dirkovitch's seat, next to little Mildred's, was blank, and little Mildred himself had found Hira Singh's place.
Beside it is written, in very rough and coarse characters, 'The sign of the four,--Jonathan Small, Mahomet Singh
, Abdullah Khan, Dost Akbar.' No, I confess that I do not see how this bears upon the matter.
All that Dhulip Singh could do in India he has done, down to the distribution of his photographs among the peasantry.
- which means "with speed" - to introduce embarrassment into an Irish regiment, "already half-mutinous, quartered among Sikh peasantry, all wearing miniatures of His Highness Dhulip Singh, Maharaja of the Punjab, next their hearts, and all eagerly expecting his arrival." Other information equally valuable was given him by his masters.