On my arrival at Lahore, I found that the king, Runjeet Sing, with his army and the four Frenchofficers, was absent, having gone to-wards Peshawur ; but at the commencement of the rainyseason, in the middle of June, they had all returned to Lahore, and I was well received. The first patient I had to attend, after my arrival at Lahore, and before I got public employment, wasAchilles, an adopted son of General Allard. This boy was afflicted with a fistula on the spine,of long duration, and which had been several times superficially healed by the native surgeons. Hewas so reduced, that one could truly say, he was but skin and bone :•' Ossa atque pellis totus est,"which of course rendered the case most difficult. I was convinced that my medical reputationdepended upon this case. General Allard told me that the boy would die, if not attended to, thathe could no longer bear to see him in that pitiful state, and urgently solicited my aid. He did notat that time imagine that his darling Achilles would outlive him; but the destiny of man lieshidden. Allard died at Peshawur, and was buried at Lahore; and Achilles returned from France toLahore, where he also died, and was buried in the cemetery, near to General Allard's own tomb,which was in his adjacent garden.I ventured to perform an operation, and that by force, for the boy made an obstinate resistance,when I placed him on a sofa. General Allard holding his arms and General Ventura his feet,while I made a cut along the fistulous sore, which caused him to be senseless for the followingthirty- six hours, and to suffer with severe fever. My assiduous attendance accelerated the radicalcure of the fistula, his strength visibly increased, and after a few months he regained his original plumpness, and, six years afterwards, when General Allard and his family arrived at Bordeaux,where I then was, I was astonished at Achilles' healthy appearance. On his returning to Lahore afew years afterwards, in company with Benjamin Allard, who went to take possession of theestates of his deceased brother, and to whom he officiated as interpreter in the Indian language,he fell sick, and died under the treatment of the native physicians. I was much grieved at theunexpected intelligence of his death, and paid him the last honours, by attending his remains tothe grave. To encourage the suppuration of the opened fistula, I employed a mild stimulatingremedy, namely, cantharides infused in honey, on fist, twice a day, applied to the wound, bywhich it was soon cured. At the recommendation of General Allard, shortly afterwards, RajahSuchet Sing, the younger brother of the minister, requested me to accompany him into themountains, to attend him there professionally, to which I readily agreed, as, in consequence of my recent illness, I was very weak, and the summer heat of Lahore was intolerable. Besides that,my friends, the generals, advised me to accept the offer on account of the great influence theyoung Rajah Saheb possessed as one of the first personages at the court, and as by curing him Ishould establish my reputation.Although my post was at that time not fixed, and consequently I did not depend on, nor was Isubject to any one I nevertheless imagined that my departure for the mountains had met with theconsent of Runjeet Sing. But it was not so. The young Rajah, who had a secret disease, hadinduced me privately to accompany him, whilst Runjeet Sing, in my four months' absence,inquired after me several times of General Avitabile, who had first introduced me to him. It was, probably, for that reason that he detained me for nine months without giving me my dismissal, or appointing me to any office. General Allard said to me one day, jesting, “It is very difficult to getan appointment here, but still more so to get one's dismissal, when once in office.'' He himself,feeling an excessive longing to revisit his dear native land', after an absence of so many years, petitioned for a short leave of absence, which the sly Runjeet Sing repeatedly promised, but along time elapsed before he obtained it.