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(7) Twenty-four silver coins and seventy eight copper
coins of the Hindu and Muhammadan periods, found
in the Patnã and Gayā districts. (8) A number of ancient stone beads, found in Chota
Nāgpur and in the Santal Parganas. (9) One ancient Cinerary urn, found in the Rānchi distriot. (10) Fragments of ancient pottery, found in the Rānchi
district. (11) Ancient brick, found in the Rānchi district. (12) Ancient stone sculpture of a deity carrying a bow,
found in the Ranchi district. (13) Carved parts of an ancient temple, found in the Ranchi
district. (14) One ancient Siva-lingam, found in the Rānchi district.
4. His Honour the President then moved the formal adoption by the Society of the Rules framed by the Council. In doing so His Honour said: “It was decided at the inaugural meeting that the Council should draw up a set of regulations. Nothing was said about submitting them to the General Meeting for confirmation, but it would, I think, be well if this meeting were to confirm the rules already framed, subject to the following changes which were agreed upon at the last Council meeting, viz. :(1) that Rules 5, 6 and 7 be amended so as to coufer on
the Council the power of electing members, and (2) that ordinary meetings be held twice a year, ono
at the beginning and one towards the end of the
in Rule 33."
5. The Hon'ble Maharaja Bahadur Sir Ravaneswar Prasad Singh, K.C.L.E., of Gidhour, proposed that His Honour Sir Edward Gait, K.C.B.I., C.I.E., be elected Patron of the Society in place of the Hon'ble Sir Charles Bayley, G.C.8.1, K.C.I.E., 1.8.0., who has left the country, and that the Hon'ble Sir William Vincent, kt., be elected Vice-Patron.
Nawab Saiyid Nasir-ud-din Ahmad of Bibar seconded the proposal, which was unanimously carried.
6. Rai Bahadur Jwala Prasad proposed a vote of thanks to the Chair. Mr. S. Sinha seconded the proposal, which was carried with acclamation.
At a meeting held at Government House, Bankipore, on the 20th January 1915, which was attended by a large number of leading gentry of the province and presided over by the then Lieutenant-Governor, the Hon'ble Sir Charles Stuart Bayley, it was decided to establish a Society to be called, “The Bihar
" and Orissa Research Society.” The object of the Society was to promote research in this province on lines somewhat similar to other societies already established in India and in other countries. It was decided that the activities of the Society should be limited for the present to four subjects, namely, (1) History, (2) Archæology and Numismatics, (3) Anthropology, and (4) Philology.
At this inaugural meeting, a Council of the Society was constituted, and one patron, five vice-patrons, and office-l varers of the Society were elected. The Council were at the same time requested to appoint a special Sub-Committee to draw up a set of regulations for the Society, and to form four section SubCommittees for the four subjects specified above. These SubCommittees were duly constituted, and draft regulations were considered by the special Sub-Committee at its meeting of the 14th March 1915, and passed at a meeting of the Council on the 6th April. At the same meeting of the Council it was decided (1) to move the Local Government to construct for the purpose of a Provincial Museum and Library at Bankipore a suitable building, of which two rooms might, for the present, be occupied by the Society ; (2) to ask Government to subscribe for 100 copies of the Society's journal at a cost of Rs. 2,000 a year; (3) to ask Government to make a contribution of Rs. 3,000 per annum in aid of ethnographic research, on the analogy of a similar grant made by the Bengal Government to the Asiatic Society of Bengal; (4) and to invite patrons and gentlemen interested in the success of the Society to assist with gifts of books for the library or donations for the purchase of books, or for housing and equipment. The Local Government in their letter No. 1102-E, dated the 11th June 1915, informed the Society that the application for the purchase of copies of the journal had been granted, and in their letter No. 1318-E., dated the 7th July 1915, accorded their sanction to an annual grant of Rs. 3,000 in aid of Ethnographic Research, while in their letter No. 1531-E., dated the 16th August 1915, they informed the Society that a Committee had been appointed to work out a scheme for the establishment of a Provincial Museum and Public Library. We are deeply grateful to the Local Govern. ment for the generous encouragement accorded to the Society.
Copies of the Rules of the Society and of the proceedings of the inaugural meeting were circulated in all the districts of the Province, and thanks to the active interest taken in the Society by the Divisional Commissioners and District Officers, applications for membership began to come in from all parts of the Province. At a meeting of the Council held on the 18th August 1915, as many as 152 applications for membership were considered and approved, and at subsequent meetings held on the 27th September and the 30th November the Council approved of 33 and 15 new members, respectively. These, together with the members who took part or were elected to office in the inaugural meeting, make up a total of 237, exclusive of 1 Patron and 5 Vice-Patrons. Of these, 11 are non-resident members, of whom 7 reside in the province of Bengal, 2 in the United Provinces, 1 in Madras, and 1 in Cochin.
It is to be regretted that we have not yet received more than one application for life-membership. It is still more to be regretted that we have up to date received one donation, vis, of
. Rs. 100, for the purchase of books, given by the proprietor of the Aul Estate in Orissa, to whom the thanks of the Council have been conveyed. The Council desire also to record their appreciation of Mr. S. Sinha's generous offer of his collection of