Excerpt from The Saturday Magazine, Vol. 10: January to June, 1837
The lady, with great resolution, maintained not only her own and her children's innocence, but also her lord's, at the same time submitting to the king's pleasure, and offer. Ing up her own and her offspring's... lives, with' a fervent hope that her husband would be benefited by the sacrifice. Having uttered these sentiments aloud, she desired her eldest boy to submit to his fate; the poor boy, who was eleven years old, clung to his mother terrified and crying; her second son. Nine years old, heroically stepped forward, he bid his brother not be afraid - he'd show him the way to diet! By one blow of a sword the head of this noble child was severed from his body; it was thrown into a rice mortar, the pestle was put into the mother's hands, and she was ordered to pound it. One by one, the heads of all her children were cut off, and one by one the poor mother - but the circumstance is too dreadful to be dwelt on.
One of the children was a girl; and to wound a female is considered by the Singalese a most monstrous crime another was an infant at the breast, and this was plucked from its mother's breast to be beheaded.
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