Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official eBook

William Henry Sleeman
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are often comical.  The ghost of a bibulous European official with a hot temper, who died at Muzaffarnagar, in the United Provinces, many years ago, was propitiated by offerings of beer and whisky at ’his tomb.  Much information on the subject is collected in the articles ‘Demon’, ‘Devils’, ‘Dehwar’, and ‘Deified Warriors’ in Balfour, Cyclopaedia of India (3rd ed.).  Almost every number of Mr. Crooke’s periodical North Indian Notes and Queries (Allahabad:  Pioneer Press; London:  A. Constable & Co., 5 vols., from 1891-2 to 1895-6) gave fresh instances of the oddities of demon-worship.

5.  The officials of the native Governments were content to use either a rope or a bamboo for field measurements, and these primitive instruments continued to satisfy the early British officers.  For many years past a proper chain has been always employed for revenue surveys.

6.  ’The author uses the term ‘Concan’ (Konkan) in a wide sense, so as to cover all the territory between the Western Ghats and the sea, including Malabar in the south.  The term is often used in a more restricted sense to mean Bombay and certain other districts, to the north of Malabar.

7. Artocarpus integrifolius.  The jack fruit attains an enormous size, and sometimes weighs fifty or sixty pounds.  Indians delight in it, but to most Europeans it is extremely offensive.


Interview with the Raja of Datiya—­Fiscal Errors of Statesmen—­ Thieves and Robbers by Profession.

On the 17th[1] we came to Datiya, nine miles over a dry and poor soil, thinly, and only partially, covering a bed of brown and grey syenite, with veins of quartz and feldspar, and here and there dykes of basalt, and a few boulders scattered over the surface.  The old Raja, Parichhit,[2] on one elephant, and his cousin, Dalip Singh, upon a second, and several of their relations upon others, all splendidly caparisoned, came out two miles to meet us, with a very large and splendid cortege.  My wife, as usual, had gone on in her palankeen very early, to avoid the crowd and dust of this ‘istikbal’, or meeting; and my little boy, Henry, went on at the same time in the palankeen, having got a slight fever from too much exposure to the sun in our slow and stately entrance into Jhansi.  There were more men in steel chain armour in this cortege than in that of Jhansi; and, though the elephants were not quite so fine, they were just as numerous, while the crowd of foot attendants was still greater.  They were in fancy dresses, individually handsome, and collectively picturesque; though, being all soldiers, not quite pleasing to the eye of a soldier.  I remarked to the Raja, as we rode side by side on our elephants, that we attached much importance to having our soldiers all in uniform dresses, according to their corps, while he seemed to care little about these matters.  ‘Yes,’ said the old man, with a smile,

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