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air pump is to act in the twofold capacity-first, of stopped. A fanatic now in confinement has predicted creating and maintaining a vacutum under an immense the downfall of the present reigning family; and the botter to be used in the making or refining of sugar, after queen, the minister, and a wealthy and influential the manner of the celebrated Howard's patent improved mahajun are said to have all died on the same day : by Messrs. Oakes and Co. of London; second, of the words of the letter are," said to have all become curing sugar by what is called the pneumatic process, defunct on the same day," which gives reason to supwhich consists in placing the recently crystallised sugar pose, that there is some conspiracy on foot to verify by in a case with a wire gauze bottom, and exhausting the the assistance of poison, the prophecy of the gifted indiatmosphere from beneath, when the air rushing through vidual now in custody. the mass, carries all the molasses below, leaving the crystal perfectly pure.

DACCA, 24TH MARCH.-A force consisting of three companies from Major Lister's light infantry corps, under the command of Lieut, Benett, has been ordered to march against some refractory Cossyah chiefs, within a short distance of the Sanatarium at Cherra Poonjee. It is confidently expected the chiefs with their followers will soon be dislodged from the stockade, where they have taken temporary shelter, and will, probably, submit to any terms after the arrival of our force. A Government demand made by the revenue authorities for lands in possession of the above Cossyah chiefs, situated in the Sylhet district, treating our perwanas with unwarrant able insult, and committing outrages on the peons conveying those notices, are reported to be the ostensible causes of the present movement.

CALPY.-Cholera and fever prevail to a great extent at this town and the surrounding country. At Humeerpore and Banda an extensive mortality is raging, and almost all the villages are more or less depopulated. The latter station is represented to be unusually prevalent and severe. The morality extends also to the cattle, few or none of which remain.

The Rajah Meetur Jeet Singh has subscribed 1,000 rupees for the relief of the N.W. P. cholera and small pox are both raging throughout the district.

An Ukbar written by the Cazee of Cabul was also received, which mentions that the Russian ambassador and Captain Burnes met at the Durbar of Dost Mahomed Khan where they had a long conversation, which ended in very angry words, consequent on some expressions from the ambassador disrespectfully made use of towards the English nation. The ruler of Cabul BEHAR.-The Collector of this zillah, Mr. Hamilton, seemed to take notice, but continued the business of the has dismissed seven of his Amla, for peculation and Durbar, secretly enjoying the scene. They then said embezzlement of the public revenue. The same gentle-that they would go to Lahore, and examine its strength, man has substituted Hindoostanee for Persian in his office.

and report the same to their respective Governments. Deenanath said to the Maharajah, that it would be a desirable object if they came into His Highness's presence and there made proffers of friendship.

NATIVE STATES,

GWALIOR. The raja who lately lost his consort has just selected a fresh one, a daughter of the Mamajee, after sorrowing the usual Musulman period of affliction, forty days. This is the third partner he has taken to himself.

Hydrophobia to a fearful and unprecedented extent is raging in this town from the number of mad dogs in it. Native reports say the mortality caused by it is equal to that produced by cholera. So severe are the sufferings of the poor from famine that they devour the very animals, such as horses, buffaloes, asses, &c., that have died naturally from exhaustion.

LAHORE." An Urzee form Monsieur Uotaylor was received, stating that a Russian vakeel had come to Dost Mahomed Khan, the ruler of Cabul, for the purpose of negociating with him.

LUCKNOW.-Letters from Lucknow state, that there is apparently something of serious nature going on in that city; and that the authorities are aware of what is going on, and have taken precautionary measures accordingly.

An Ukbar from Cabul was also received, mentioning that while Captain Burnes was sitting with Dost Mahomed Khan at the Durbar, the Russian ambassador came into the presence, and, with a loud voice, said to the ruler of Cabul, that he would not recommend him taking that gentleman's advice, as the English nation would make friends of people and afterwards deceive and disposses them of their territories. Captain Burnes heard this in silence; when the Durbar was over, he returned to his quarters, from whence he despatched presents consisting of wines, sweetmeats, &c. to the ambassador, but they were refused and therefore carried back to Captain Burnes.

The Ukbar also mentions that Dost Mahomed Khan wrote to his son Ukbar Khan, advising him to be cautious that the reports of Herat should not be allowed to spread.

The Maharajah inquired of Deenanath and Fakeer Azeezoodeen, if they could inform him how much money Herat yield. They at first replied that the pergunnah of Herat is large and yields one crore of rupees. They afterwards said its revenue was about thirty lacs; but the ruler receives only ten lacs.

At the Durbar of the Maharajah, an urzee was presented from Sawun Mul, Nazim of Multan, stating that a few days ago the Vuzeeree Mussulmans had assembled in large body and plundered the cattle of Multan; but when the news of their depredations reached his ears, he assembled his forces, matched out and attacked them, when after a sharp conflict he succeeded in securing the cattle, completely routing the lawless banditti with a loss on their side of twenty-five killed and fifteen wounded.

BHURTFOOR.-The sickness so general, is very severe in this town. The Rajah has made arrangements for the distribution of medicine in the hope of lessening the

five feet deep in other places 30 or 40 yards distance, and has hitherto been alleviated solely through the exAt one place, called Baddah, no less than 250 dead emplary private charity of the judge, Mr. Okedon, bodies were counted by the spectators. Females with This gentleman's good deeds are not performed for the their jewels on them, lie dead and untouched, the putrid sake of public exhibition, but are the result of qualities smell being too offensive and considered infectious by of which the possessor will alwavs disdain the tribute the surviving villagers,so as to deter them from approach-of publicity or flattery. His private disbursements in ing these corpses, many of which were in a state of charity have, for many months, been the only means of nudity, with the jackals and vultures feeding on them. rescuing from starvation, upwards of a thousand destitute The convicts who have proceeded to bury them, we and famished human beings. understand, dig large holes in the earth, hurl the dead bodies promiscuously into them, and then cover them up. Native superstition ascribes the scourge to the curses of a fakeer, who asked for some charity of these villagers, and was refused by all except one old woman, whose house has consequently escaped the effects of this tempest.

AGRA.-Cholera is on the decline, both amongst the troops and the inhabitants generally; and as the magistrate is putting a stop to a further influx of the destitute poor, in as far as practicable, by arranging so as to employ them at some distance from Agra, apprehensions of a pestilence breaking out are beginning to subside. It has been a mistake to conclude, that the congregation of these unfortunate persons, has been the cause of the cholera : as this disease is pretty well known now to arise from a peculiar condition of the atmosphere, rather than from DELHI.—A native, a female, who, to all appearances, animal or vegetable miasm; nevertheless, it has been had expired, when undergoing the process of ablution found that larger masses of human beings, invite, as it previous to cremation, shewed signs of life. Her hu- were, attacks of cholera, and beyond doubt sooner or later mane and sagacious relatives around, ascribed her resus- in many instances are productive of doubtful maglignant citation to the evil spirit or some equally satisfactory fevers; but the magistracy is now happily so well directcause; nor was it until the poor creature had been ex-ed to the removal of the accumulation of all contaminaposed on her funeral pyre the whole day and shewed ting matters, both on the land and the river connected unequivocal symptoms of life and consciousness, that with the presence of these huge working parties and the she was borne home. Suttee is but half abolished while population of Agra generally, so that little is to be the murders that are frequently perpetrated in cases like feared in the shape of infection by a tainted atmosphere. the above, are suffered to take place.

MOFUSSIL.

It is said that one of the Sudder jung toms furarees has just been secured, after a desperate resistance, in which two of the cantors have been severely wounded. The name of the furaree is Jhoonda, and his companion Unta, had a narrow escape of being secured also.

KURNAUL.-The Governor-General has been holding a levee for the reception of the native community, a large portion of which has flocked to pay their respects to His Lordship.

SAHARUNPORE.-A conflict between a body of thieves and the police of a village called Bela in this district, recently took place, in which several of both parties were wounded. The magistrate proceeded to the spot on learning the affray, and seized the ringleader and others of the gang.

ALLIGHUR.-Manik Rae Rao, of Bidjeegurh, a large village in this district, has been sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, in the jail of Allygurh, for being impli cated in an affray, in which several lives were lost. The affray was caused by the Rae's attempting to enforce the levy of several dues, which he claimed as his right, from the bunneeas of the village, but to which the latter refused to submit.

Small-pox is very prevalent here among the natives, and has extended to the European residents; Mr. Thornton, C.S. and Ensign Corsar, of the 64th regiment, have been attacked by the disease. The misery in which the poorer classes of the natives are kept by the scarcity, combined with the approach of the hot wearther, will, no doubt, tend to make the disease more fatal.

MORADABAD.-The distress in this district, although

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SHAHJAHENPOOR.-On the 28th day of March, the first steam engine in these provinces was put up in motion at the establishment of Messrs. Saunders, Barron and Co., and is a most interesting spectacle. The engine is of eight horse power, and is intended for sawing wood,

air pump is to act in the twofold capacity-first, of stopped. A fanatic now in confinement has predicted creating and maintaining a vacutum under an immense the downfall of the present reigning family; and the botter to be used in the making or refining of sugar, after queen, the minister, and a wealthy and influential the manner of the celebrated Howard's patent improved mahajun are said to have all died on the same day : by Messrs. Oakes and Co. of London; second, of the words of the letter are," said to have all become curing sugar by what is called the pneumatic process, defunct on the same day," which gives reason to supwhich consists in placing the recently crystallised sugar pose, that there is some conspiracy on foot to verify by in a case with a wire gauze bottom, and exhausting the the assistance of poison, the prophecy of the gifted indiatmosphere from beneath, when the air rushing through vidual now in custody. the mass, carries all the molasses below, leaving the crystal perfectly pure.

DACCA, 24TH MARCH.A force consisting of three companies from Major Lister's light infantry corps, under the command of Lieut, Benett, has been ordered to march against some refractory Cossyah chiefs, within a short distance of the Sanatarium at Cherra Poonjee. An Ukbar from Cabul was also received, mentioning It is confidently expected the chiefs with their followers that while Captain Burnes was sitting with Dost Mahowill soon be dislodged from the stockade, where they med Khan at the Durbar, the Russian ambassador came have taken temporary shelter, and will, probably, submit into the presence, and, with a loud voice, said to the to any terms after the arrival of our force. A Govern- ruler of Cabul, that he would not recommend him ment demand made by the revenue authorities for lands taking that gentleman's advice, as the English nation in possession of the above Cossyah chiefs, situated in the would make friends of people and afterwards deceive Sylhet district, treating our perwanas with unwarrant-and disposses them of their territories. Captain Burnes able insult, and committing outrages on the peons con- heard this in silence; when the Durbar was over, he veying those notices, are reported to be the ostensible returned to his quarters, from whence he despatched causes of the present movement. presents consisting of wines, sweetmeats, &c. to the ambassador, but they were refused and therefore carried back to Captain Burnes.

CALPY.-Cholera and fever prevail to a great extent at this town and the surrounding country. At Humeerpore and Banda an extensive mortality is raging, and almost all the villages are more or less depopulated. The latter station is represented to be unusually prevalent and severe. The morality extends also to the cattle, few or none of which remain.

BEHAR.-The Collector of this zillah, Mr. Hamilton, has dismissed seven of his Amla, for peculation and embezzlement of the public revenue. The same gentle man has substituted Hindoostanee for Persian in his office.

The Rajah Meetur Jeet Singh has subscribed 1,000 rupees for the relief of the N.W. P. cholera and small pox are both raging throughout the district.

NATIVE STATES,

GWALIOR.-The raja who lately lost his consort has just selected a fresh one, a daughter of the Mamajee, after sorrowing the usual Musulman period of affliction, forty days. This is the third partner he has taken to himself.

Hydrophobia to a fearful and unprecedented extent is raging in this town from the number of mad dogs in it. Native reports say the mortality caused by it is equal to that produced by cholera. So severe are the sufferings of the poor from famine that they devour the very animals, such as horses, buffaloes, asses, &c., that have died naturally from exhaustion.

LAHORE." An Urzee form Monsieur Uotaylor was received, stating that a Russian vakeel had come to Dost Mahomed Khan, the ruler of Cabul, for the purpose of negociating with him.

LUCKNOW.-Letters from Lucknow state, that there is apparently something of serious nature going on in that city; and that the authorities are aware of what is going on, and have taken precautionary measures accordingly.

An Ukbar written by the Cazee of Cabul was also received, which mentions that the Russian ambassador and Captain Burnes met at the Durbar of Dost Mahomed Khau where they had a long conversation, which ended in very angry words, consequent on some expressions from the ambassador disrespectfully made use of towards the English nation. The ruler of Cabul seemed to take notice, but continued the business of the Durbar, secretly enjoying the scene. They then said that they would go to Lahore, and examine its strength, and report the same to their respective Governments. Deenanath said to the Maharajah, that it would be a desirable object if they came into His Highness's presence and there made proffers of friendship.

The Ukbar also mentions that Dost Mahomed Khan wrote to his son Ukbar Khan, advising him to be cautious that the reports of Herat should not be allowed to spread.

The Maharajah inquired of Deenanath and Fakeer Azeezoodeen, if they could inform him how much money Herat yield. They at first replied that the pergunnah of Herat is large and yields one crore of rupees. They afterwards said its revenue was about thirty lacs; but the ruler receives only ten lacs.

At the Durbar of the Maharajah, an urzee was presented from Sawun Mul, Nazim of Multan, stating that a few days ago the Vuzeeree Mussulmans had assembled in large body and plundered the cattle of Multan; but when the news of their depredations reached his ears, he assembled his forces, matched out and attacked them, when after a sharp conflict he succeeded in securing the cattle, completely routing the lawless banditti with a loss on their side of twenty-five killed and fifteen wounded.

BHURTPOOR.-The sickness so general, is very severe in this town. The Rajah has made arrangements for the distribution of medicine in the hope of lessening the

KOTA. The Raja of this state has taken it into his head to dispense with the services of his Dewan, an arrangement to which the latter appears not disposed to conform, and as he is supported by a portion of the Raja's troops a small fracas is expected. The Rajah has referred the question to Colonel Alves.

MADRAS.

The remainder of the 8th Regt. N. I.. has not yet sailed for Malacca and Singapore, in consequence, it is said, of the want of accomodation in the Barque Fanny, which was taken up for their conveyance.

The accounts from Burmah during the month, do no

TROOPS FOR MOULMEIN.-It is said that the troops under orders for Moulmein, are not to proceed there until further instructions are received from the General Go- differ from those previously received. The affairs of the vernment, the late pacific accounts by the Larne not seeming to require their immediate despatch.

country were in the same condition.

LORD ELPHINSTONE AND SIR ROBERT GRANT. It is generally understood, that both Lord Elphinstone and Sir Robert Grant are recalled; the latter having offended both the Home and the Supreme Governments; the former to fill a situation at Court. Sir James Carnac is mentioned as his Lordship's successor.

THE SCHOONER FOR MADRAS AND MOULMEIN.-The General Government has purchased a large schooner for Madras, to ply backwards and forwards between. Madras and Moulmein, carrying troops. The uncertain tone of the Burmese King renders every precaution necessary, and makes it desirable that a constant com munication should be kept up between Madras and

Moulmein.

BOMBAY.

"The winter this year is excessively severe. The street are literally covered with snow, and we are, in conse

no further accounts about the movements of Mahommed

THE NABOB-EXEMPTION FROM LEGAL PROCESS.-A somewhat extraordinary application was made to the Supreme Court on the 28th of March, by the Advocate General, on behalf of the Nabob, and by order of Go-quence, all shut up in our respective houses. We have vernment, but was not finally disposed of until the 30th. Shah, and it is difficult to say what will be the result of The Court was applied to make an order,exempting all his expedition. You must have heard of the arrival of persons contained in a certain list (comprising the Na- Nicholas at Erivan. The visit of his Imperial Majesty bob's household) from its process. The application was to the Convent of Etchmietchin has, I am glad to say, refused on the board ground that the Court was incom-been productive of manifold advantages to the Armenian petent to make any such order, which would be tanta-nation. He has been graciously pleased to testify his mount to making a law, a power reserved only to parliament.

acquiescence of becoming patron to that venerable fra. ternity on whom he has bestowed twenty-four extensive villages in perpetuity, the revenues of which are to be appropriated to the maintenance of schools for the educa tion of Armenian youths, and to the printing of the Arme nian classics and other useful books. This is all very good and encouraging indeed! Better and happier days await the devoted country of the Armenians!"

THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF.-The Commander-in-Chief is going to cruize for the benefit of his health in the Hon. Company's ship Taptee between Bombay and Surat, the present station of that vessel instead of going to the Mahabuleshwar Hills, which it was His Excellency's intention to do, during part of the hot weather.

MOBURRUM AFFRAYS.-The late mohurrum festival bas been attended with several excesses, which render it rather questionable whether the same indulgence ought in future to be extended to similar exhibitions. One mounted patrol has been murdered, and two police peons have been dangerously wounded, all in the discharge of their duty in protecting the public peace.

CHOLERA MORBUS.-A considerable deal of cholera prevails among the pilgrims who are congregated at Nassick, and that the victims to the disease are numerous, caused principally by the crowded state of a place to which so many went for the purpose of atonement and expiation.

BURMAH.

OPIUM AGENT. It is said, that the situation of opium agent, vacant by the death of Mr. Taylor, is to be abolished as a distinct appointment, and that the duties are henceforth to be performed by the Custom-house department.

PERSIA.

ISPAHAN.-The following interesting extract of a letter dated Ispahan, 27th January 1838, has been received.

CHINA.

The accounts from Canton to the 27th of February, by the Water Witch, indicate no improvement in opium but on the contrary state, that there was a general expectation of the drug falling on the appearance of this year's supply in the market, none of which had been reported as sold. Last year's Opium was respectively, Patna 500 dollars, Benares 450 dollars, and Malwa 380 dollars, but sales were effected with great and increasing difficulties.

New opium was falling hourly, and sales of Patna are reported at 420 dlrs. Benares at 375 dirs There are discrepancies in the statements of deliveries and stock for the last year, which we are at a loss to reconcile with the shipments from here and Bombay, after making every allowance for the consumption of the Straits.

was about 41,000 chests, of which we have an account to Without including Damaun, the export from India the extent of 26,855 chests delivered and in store at Lintin, leaving nearly 15,000 chests undisposed of. It would be satisfactory to have this explained.

Some smuggling boats had been seized. Fast sailing clippers, for the Chinese rivers, of thirty to forty tons, are now fitting out in the Hooghly, to be manned by Europeans well armed, for the purpose of conveying the drug into places, less exposed than the sea coast to the observation of the authorities.

THE

CALCUTTA MONTHLY JOURNAL.

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ASIATIC NEWS.

1838.

MR. LINTON'S CONCERT.

We were in hopes, not only from Mr. Linton's choice programme, but the unusual coolness of the evening on Monday, that his concert would have been better attended. Malgre the damper of such poor encouragement; he sang with great spirit throughout, and, with his invariable readiness, substituted a right jovial ballad for the promised Calunnia' of an amateur,' who was non est inventus. The gems of the evening were, decidedly, the delightful performances of the Ryckmanns. Both the basso and the petit bassoon were exquisite, but the bijou of bijoux was the piano forte fantasia of the junior Ryckmann-the Thalberg of Ind. There was one pianissimo passage in it, which, what with the delicacy of his touch, the modulation of the pedal, and sundry other musical witcheries

Proceedings of a meeting of the committee, held at the Society's office, No. 3, Clive-street ghaut, on Monday, the 7th instant.

PRESENT

Rajah Radhacaunt Bahadoor; Rajah Kallykissen Bahadoor; Cowar Suttchurn Ghosaul; Baboo ProSonnocomar Tagore; Baboo Ramcomul Sen; G. Prinsep, Esq.; W. C. Hurry, Esq.; and Moonshee Mahomed Ameer, committee; Captain G. Vint,

visitor.

LANDHOLDERS' SOCIETY.

of which we confess our technical ignorance, he so thoroughly captivated the hearts of his auditors, that we heard around us, many an irrepressible ejaculation of delight and special wonder.'

The following gentlemen were proposed as members of the Society:

Mrs. Chester was in excellent voice, but, we think, the songs assigned to her were not judiciously chosen, inasmuch as her forte lies in those that require more naiveté in the singing than so sombre a one, for instance, as Gardez vous. Her 'Dashing White Sergeant' and Buy a Broom,' afford ample corroboration of this assertion. Mesdames Ventura and Valadares acquitted themselves very creditably, and Delmar led admirably in short, all went off to the entire satisfaction of the audience.-Englishman, May 2.

Proposed by Captain Vint, and seconded by Rajah Radhacaunt Bahadoor,

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Proposed by W. Storm, Esq., and seconded by Baboo Prosonnocomar Tagore,

Mr. Robert Watson, of Calcutta.

Proposed by Cowar Suttchurn Ghosaul, and seconded by Baboo Ramcomul Sen,

The following gentlemen proposed at the last meet- be requested to serve : ing, were unanimously elected:

Mr. R. Thomas, of Calcutta; Mr. J. C. Miller, of Goorka Rajeshye; Baboo Neelrutten Halder, of Calcutta; Allan Gilmore, Esq.; J. McKilligan, Esq.; James Hastie, Esq.; Baboo Issurchunder, Kanoongoe, heir of Baboo Boydenauth, Kanoongoe, of Chittagong; Moulavee Kurrum Hussen, a vakeel of Shaha Woodaha; Moulavee Karramut Ally, of Hooghly Emambarah; and Baboo Kally Kinker Paulit, of Calcutta.

Issurchunder Baneerjee, of Calcutta.

Proposed by Rajah Kallykissen Bahadoor, and seconded by Rajah Radhacaunt Bahadoor, that the committee be increased to twenty-four, by adding six European members, and that the following gentlemen

Captain G. Vint; W. Storm, Esq.; Robert Watson, Esq.; James Hastie, Esq.; J. McKilligan, Esq.; and W. Fergusson, Esq.

Proposed by Captain Vint, and seconded by Baboo Ramcomul Sen, that the question of the vernacular language be discussed on the last Monday of this month, in order to give time to obtain the sentiments of all the members of the Society, and that the meeting be at the Town-hall-agreed unanimously.

WM. COBB HURRY,

P. TAGORE.

Hony, Secretaries.

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