Final Report on the Settlement of Land Revenue in the Delhi District, Carried on 1872-77, by Oswald Wood, and Completed 1878-80, by R. Maconachie

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Printed at the Victoria Press, 1882 - Agriculture - 604 pages
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Page 157 - Officer to produce estimates. 3. In estimating the land revenue demand, the Settlement Officer will take into consideration all circumstances direetiy or indirectly bearing upon the assessment, such as rent rates, where money rates exist, the habits and character of the people, the proximity of marts for the disposal of produce, facilities of communication, the incidence of past assessments, the existence of profits from grazing, and the like. These and other considerations must be allowed their...
Page 4 - They are admirably adapted,' wrote John Lawrence, when Collector of Delhi, ' to resist the evil effects of bad seasons, epidemics and other evils incidental to this country. Bound together by the ties of blood connection, and, above all, common interest, like the bundle of sticks . . . they are difficult to break. Drought may wither their crops, famine and disease may depopulate their houses, their fields may be deserted for a time, but when the storm blows over, if any survive, they are certain...
Page 27 - The long straws of the plants reach up to the surface of the waters, upon which float their green leaves ; and their pure white flowers expand beautifully among them in the latter part of the afternoon. The nut grows under the water after the flowers decay, and is of a triangular shape, and covered with a tough brown integument adhering strongly to the kernel, which is white, esculent, and of a fine cartilaginous texture. The people are very fond of these nuts, and they are carried often upon bullocks...
Page 129 - Majesty the amount of the revenues which should be received and the charges of collection, and of satisfying his Majesty's mind that no part of the produce of the assigned territory was 'mis-appropriated. That two courts of justice should be established for the administration of civil and criminal justice, according to the...
Page 116 - India, too, screaming and crying of the bride is an essential feature of the marriage ceremonies — "the final moments are a scene of great sorrow, real or affected; the mother weeps violently and noisily; the women of the family beat their breasts as if the girl were going to her death; and the girl herself . . . puts in a sympathetic whine . . ."*• — mention may be made of a custom obtaining among the Thongas in S.-E.
Page 153 - It is difficult to analyse all that may have been done during that period of excitement'.
Page 130 - Majesty, to whom the proceedings in all trials of this description were to be reported; and that sentences of mutilation should be commuted : That, to provide for the immediate wants of his Majesty and the royal household, the following sums should be paid in money from the treasury of the resident at Delhi : Rupees, per month.
Page clviii - Jhang, is invested, under Section 21 of Act XIX of 1865, with the powers of a Deputy Commissioner, as defined in the said Act, for the purpose of deciding suits and appeals...
Page 156 - Gurgaon district regarding the principle on which the land revenue of that district is to be assessed. 1. The general principle of assessment to be followed is, that the Government demand for land revenue shall not exceed the estimated value of half the net produce of an estate, or in other words, one-half of the share of the produce of an estate ordinarily receivable by the landlord either in money or kind.
Page 15 - ... luxury, well drained, well watered " and adorned with numerous trees and gardens, had, in the " process of centuries, become, for the most part, desert wastes, " their canals and water-courses choked up, and their only " vegetation unwholesome weeds. I knew such to bo the case at " Bagdad, Alleppo, and other places. When I arrived at Delhi, " I found the inhabitants, and those with whom I, as Brigadier" General, was most concerned, the garrison both European and " Native, to a great extent suffering...

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