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December, 1903. A border dispute escalates amid rumours of a proposed secret alliance between Russia and the religious monarchy at Lhasa. British Colonel Francis Younghusband marches his Indian troops north with a battalion of coolies and special correspondent for The Daily Mail Edmund Candler in tow.
Edmund Candler (1874-1926) was a popular war correspondent, once called the very soul of fearlessnessA by The London Times. Born and educated in England, he became an educator in India and was named principal of Mohimara College in Patiala State. In 1903, he lost an arm as special correspondent to accompany the Younghusband mission in Tibet. In WWI, he wrote from the Western Front and Iraq. He was the author of several books including novels and nonfiction.