Strike, But Hear!: Evidence Explanatory of the Indigo System in Lower Bengal, Volume 15

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Lepage, 1861 - Indigo industry - 97 pages
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Page 94 - For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently ? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Page 61 - First, I believe it to be unprofitable, and therefore I cannot believe that any ryot would consent to take up that cultivation, involving as it does serious pecuniary loss to himself ; secondly, it involves an amount of harassing interference to which no free agent would subject himself ; thirdly, from a consideration of the acts of violence to which the planters have throughout been compelled to resort to keep up the cultivation as proved by the criminal records of Bengal...
Page 68 - Not a chest of indigo reached England without being stained with human blood.' That has been stated to be an anecdote. That expression is mine, and I adopt it in the fullest and broadest sense of its meaning as the result of my experience as Magistrate in the Faridpur District.
Page 5 - It is not too much to say, that had all magistrates held the scales in even balance, a cultivation of the character which we have clearly shown indigo to be, would not have gone on for such a length of time.
Page 1 - Council is still willing to hope that this imputation does not attach to the character of the indigo planters generally, considered as a body or class of people. The facts, however, which have recently been established against some individuals of that class, before the magistrates and the Supreme Court of Judicature, are of so flagrant a nature, that the Governor...
Page 90 - Champagne-party and ladies' dance. Mrs. Wood can never dance with any other but our Saheb ; and I saw that when I was a bearer. Mrs. Wood is very kind ; through the influence of one letter, she got me the Jamadary of the Jail.
Page 92 - English knowing anything of them. Had I, as a missionary, previous to the mutiny, been able to submit to men of influence a Native drama which would have thrown light on the views of sepoys and Native chiefs, how valuable might the circulation of such a drama have proved, although it might have...
Page 86 - I solemnly declare that I know nothing more important for the future security of Europeans in India and the welfare of the country, than that all classes of Europeans should watch the barometer of the Native mind. I feel strongly that peace founded on the contentment of the Native population is essential to the welfare of India, and that it is folly to shut our eyes to the warnings the Native Press may give.
Page vii - Aduri. I saw the lady ; she has no shame at all. When the Magistrate of the Zillah (whose name occasions great terror) goes riding about through the village, the lady also rides on horseback, with him — The Bou riding about on a horse!
Page 71 - ... by a gentleman who was a planter formerly, "that the cultivation is not popular because it is not profitable, and the ryot has to bear the whole brunt of the risk" (A. 513) [vide p. 25]; by another gentleman, that nij is more profitable to a planter than "dissatisfied ryots, who give a great deal of trouble, and cost a great deal of money;" by a gentleman who has a large nij cultivation, "that even were a beegah of indigo to pay better than a beegah of rice, the ryot would give a preference to...

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