Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency ..., Volume 1, Part 1

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Printed at the Government Central Press, 1896 - Bombay (India : State)
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Page iii - Government called on the Revenue Commissioners to obtain from all the Collectors as part of their next Annual Report, the fullest available information regarding their districts Government remarked that, as Collectors and their Assistants during the large portion of the year moved about the district in constant and intimate communication with all classes, they possessed advantages which no other public officers enjoyed of acquiring a full knowledge of the condition of the country ; the causes of...
Page 376 - Memoirs : What words of mine can describe the beauty of the grass and of the wild flowers ! They clothe each hill and dale, each slope and plain. I know of no place so pleasant in climate and so pretty in scenery as Mandu in the rainy season.
Page vii - Account besides dealing with local specialities should furnish a historical narration of its revenue and expenditure since it passed under the British rule, of the sums which we have taken from it in taxes, and of the amount which we have returned to it in the protection of property and person and the other charges of Civil Government.
Page iii - British rule orf the condition and character of the people, on their caste prejudices, and on their superstitious observances. They can trace any alteration for the better or worse in dwellings • clothing and diet, and can observe the use of improved implements of husbandry or other crafts, the habits of locomotion, the state of education particularly among the higher classes whose decaying means and energy under our most levelling system compared with that of preceding governments will attract...
Page iv - ... most levelling system compared with that of preceding governments will attract their attention. Finally they can learn how far existing village institutions are effectual to their end, and may be made available for self-government and in the management of local taxation for local purposes." " In obedience to these orders reports were received from the Collectors of Ahmedabad, Broach, Kaira, Thana and Khandesh. Some of the reports contained much interesting information. These five northern reports...
Page 244 - ... money. The only bond was the Sultan himself. The army consisted of the cavalry, infantry and elephantry. The cavalry formed the backbone of the military establishment. It was the cavalry of Delhi which successfully kept the Mongols at bay and struck terror into their hearts.
Page 249 - His father," Barbosa tells us, "desired that he should be brought up from a child and nourished with poison, in order that it should not be possible to kill him with poison ; for the Moorish kings of those parts often have one another killed with poison ... for which cause he became so poisonous that if a fly settled on his hand, it swelled and immediately fell dead.
Page vii - My own conception of the work is that, in return for a couple of days' reading, the; Account should give a new Collector, a comprehensive, and, at the same time, a distinct idea of the district which he has been sent to administer. Mere reading can never supersede practical experience in the district administration. But a succinct and...
Page vii - But a succinct and well conceived district account is capable of antedating the acquisition of such personal experience by many months and of both facilitating and systematising a Collector's personal enquiries But in all cases a District Account besides dealing with local specialities should furnish a historical narration of its revenue and expenditure since it passed under the British rule, of the sums which we have taken from it in taxes, and of the amount...
Page 380 - Malwa, and the total of its revenue is one kror thirty-nine lacs of dams. The city was for a long time the capital of the kings of this country. Many buildings and relics of the old kings are still standing, for as yet decay has not fallen upon the city. On the 24th, I rode out to see the royal edifices. First I -visited the jdmi' masjid which was built by Sultan Hoshang Ghori.

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