History of the Capture of Gúr.

The Sultán began to reflect and to be disgusted with the districts of Gúr, with the insolence of the inhabitants, and the insults (of those people) in the neighbourhood of his kingdoms and centre of his empire’s circle, and began to be jealously indignant on account of their crimes and wickedness, and infidelity and disobedience, and their heavy imposts (by lying in wait) upon caravans and travellers. For he saw it not fitting that a people destitute of Faith’s decoration, and marked with the brand of infidelity, should through the prestige of their munitions of mountains and repelling cliffs, in the neighbourhood and vicinity of the powerful throne of royalty, display such arrogance and pretensions, and take upon themselves such enmity and for­wardness. He resolved to correct and pinch them, and drew a considerable army of infantry and cavalry to those confines. And he appointed to the command of the army Altontash, his Chamber­lain, who had been Prince of Herát, and Arslán-Jazib, a well-known and celebrated man of Multán. And they, in folding up those passages and halting places fell into straits, for all the people of the army of Gúr were entrusted with the guardianship of those defiles, and great battles took place between the two divisions, and they obtained not a hand’s breadth of footing, except by the scimitar, and no other weapons were of service, and the swords took nothing, except to wait the opportunity of cutting to pieces, and daggers only fought with throats. And the Sultán, informed of this, forthwith arose, with a body of his own special slaves, and came to their aid, and step by step drove those wretches far from the defile, and their places of asylum and (repositories) of wealth, until he had scattered them all from the protection of their narrow passes and the benefit of their difficult ground, and opened a way for his infantry, and made a road to arrive close to the stronghold-nest of the king and chief, whose name was Ibn-Súrí, and by a ravine (or village) named Ahingiran (?) came over to the sides of his fortress. He then issued out with ten thousand men, and drew up in line of battle against the Sultán, and by his opportunities of entrenching himself behind walls, and by reason of the aid he derived from his strong places of retreat and deep ditches, resisted half the day. Thus they con­tinued striking on both sides in stubborn fight, and confused shootings and blows. But the Sultán ordered that they should turn their backs, as though his army were yielding and descending. These doomed ones were deluded with this decep­tion, and the Hindú no longer held firm (to his ground) but, fascinated by a desire for plunder, came into the open plain, to see the flight. Upon this the Sultán wheeled round, and laid them all on the couch of sweet sleep, with death as their bedfellow. He took the son of Ibn-Súrí prisoner, and carried away as booty wealth and arms, which chief after chief and infidel after infidel had be­queathed, as inheritance. Thus the ensigns of Islám were displayed in those regions and coasts, and the renown of these great victories travelled throughout the world. Thus the Sultán, on the wing of success and the upraised pinion of good fortune, set off for Ghazna. As to the son of Sholi (i. e., Súrí) when he saw himself disgracefully caught in the snare of imprisonment and the halter of ruin, and when he saw the people of Islám lords of all the deposited wealth of his castle, he sucked a poisoned ring that was on his finger and resigned his soul to the Supreme.