The official diary of the Gould mission to Lhasa sent by the British government. Read more about the mission diary.
At the beginning of the Two Minutes Silence a maroon was fired from the roof of our house. It was an impressive sight to see the rapid trail of smoke followed-much to the consternation of the Lammergeyers and Vultures-by the sudden appearance of a white cloud.
The second maroon was less successful. The primary explosion hurled it onto the roof, after which it exploded. Dagg, who was setting off the maroons, was hit in the face and rather badly cut and bruised on his chin, lip and cheek. The latter wound needed six stitches to hold it together.
Author: Frederick Spencer Chapman [see handwritten annotations in Diary by Hugh Richardson in MS. Or. Richardson 2, Bodleian Libary, Department of Oriental Collections, University of Oxford]
Page Reference: Pt IX p.1