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1912. Major H. Cox. 58th regiment, N. I., proposed by Dr. Wallich and seconded by the secretary. IIenry Freeth, Esq., assistant surgeon, Nowgong, proposed by Captain Jenkins, and secouded by the Secretary. H. J. Leighton, and Colin Camphell, Esqs., proposed by W. F. Fergusson, Esq., and secondol by the Secretary. . Brigadier General Sir Thomas Anbury, k.c.B., proposed by F. T. Fergusson aud seconded by the Se. cretary. W. R. Logan, Esq., Mymunsing, and Baboo Peary Mohun Day, proposed by D. Hare, Esq., and seconded by A. Grant, Esq., and Dewan Ramconul Sen. W. F. Dowson, Esq., proposed by John Allan, Esq. and seconded by W. Storm, Esq.
Major J. D. Parson, D. c.g., proposed by the se. cretary, and seconded by Dr. Wallich. Col. L. R. Stacy, 32d N. I., proposed by the secretary, seconded by Dr. Wallich. Motions of which notice was given at last meeting. Motion No. 1, by the secretary seconded by Dr. Strong, was brought forward and carried, nem con. Motion No.2, by C.K. Robison, Esq., seconded by W. Storm, Esq., was next brought forward and carried men con. Notice of motion. Proposed by G. A. Prinsep, Esq., seconded by C. K. Robison, Esq. “that the sum of 500 rupees be appropriated for procuring cotton-seed of every variety in estimation from South America, and that a correspondence be opened with Rio Janeiro, for the purpose of obtaining it.” Reports. The President drew the attention of the meeting to the subject matter of motion No. 1, of April meeting which was brought forward at the last meeting, ani carried by an amendment on the original motion, being at the same time referred to the general committee, for consideration. He (the President) would read the re.
port of that committee, drawn up at a meeting held on the 9th instant, as follows:
From J. Guilding, Esq. dated May 23, forwarding a sample of cake cochineal, made by him from Sylves re insect, abounding in Midnapore, and asking for an opinion upon its quality, &c.
From Professor O'Shaughnessy, dated May 31, giving his opinion on the cochineal paste prepared by Mr. Guilding. Having submitted it to chemical test, the Professor speaks in very favorable terms of this dye. “This I think completes the proof that between the fina and Sylvestre insects there exists at least no chemical difference.” The conclusion at which Mr. Piddington and Professor O'Shaughnessy arrive are very similar, the only difficulty appearing to be in obtaining a complete absorption of all moisture from the paste, immediately aster the process of manufacture.
(Referred to the cochineal committee.)
From Major W. H. Sleeman, dated Jubbulpore, May 7, conveying much interesting information on the mode of cultivating the lac insect.
(Referred to the committee of papers.)
From the Revd. C. E. Driberg, dated May 9, annexing a paper on the “culture of the cocoanut tree in Ceylon,” received from a friend in that island.
(Referred to the committee of papers.)
From Col. Dunlop, a parcel containing varieties of bill forest trees, referred to in his letter to the Secretary, on the 25th March.
From G. H. Smith, Esq. dated Delhi, May 8, promising to forward, shortly saunples of cotton of the first and second year's crops, raised from Upland Georgia-seed.
Gives a favorable account of an experimental plantation of Otaheite sugar cane in Deyrah Dhoon.
From the same, dated May 18, forwarding for the opinion of the committee, samples of Upland Georgia and Sea Island cotton, the produce of his garden at that station, as alluded to in his former letter of the 8th.
From R. Lowther, Esq., dated Allahabad, May 20 advising despatch of two cases containing samples of the produce of four varieties of cotton-seed forwarded by the society for distiibution in that and the neighbouring districts.
Enclosing a memo. received from Mr. Lambert regarding these samples.
From Dr. Huffnagle, dated May 30, forwarding a bale of cotton, being a portion of the second crop produced from 400 plants grown at Cossipore, raised from Upland Georgia seed imported by the society in 1836.
Suggesting that the bale of cotton be sent to England for a competent opinion as to quality. Forwarding also two bottles of oil pressed from the seed of this cotton.
From T. O. Crane, Esq., Secretary Agricultural Society of Singapore, dated May 11, acknowledging receipt of Secretary's letter of the 17th March, together with the Seychelles' cotton-seed, and transactions of the Society vol. 5.
Enclosing a small sample and a few seeds of a description of cotton resembling Sea Island.
From Major Syers. Secy, to the Agricultural Society of Cuttack, presenting samples of Upland Georgia cotton and Virginia Tobacco, grown on that district from seed received from the society referred to in his letter of the 4th May.
Note.—All these samples of cotton ordered to be referred to committee for reports.
From Mr. A. Harris, dated 24th May, forwarding three cuttings of cane (variety unknown, but resembling the China cane) together with a large cane, retained from the small stock.
Mr. Harris states, that the original cuttings from which these three average canes were produced, did not exceed the thickness of a common ratan, shewing a vast improvement on the plant canes; but the most extraordinary improvement is upon the ratoon, which is nearly four times the thickness of the plant or parent stock,-a fact which is at variance with the course of ratooning in general, since ratoons are invariably smaller, and can only be accounted for, in the extraordinary fertility of the Soonderbund soil, and holds out fair prospect of ultimate remuneration to those grantees who are now laboring to convert a rank pestilential morass, into a highly cultivated sugar country.
The Madras Journal of Literature and Science from January, 1837, to March 1238, 5 numbers, has been received through Messrs Thacker and Co.
From Captain F. Jenkins, dated Gowhatti, May 31, intmating his intention of sorwarding by a different mode to that hitherto pursued, which has proved unsuccessful, some eggs of the Fria worm to try if by this means they can be received in a living state.
From James Anderson, Esq., M. D., secretary Agricultural Society, Beerbhoom, forwarding the samples of cotton alluded to in his letter of the 5th instant.
From Miss Peacock, a pod of a large species of tamarind the produce of Mhow.
Dr. Wallich stated, that it was not a tamarind, but the adansonia digitate or boobab of the West Coast of Africa.
From Dr. Wallich, dated June 13, annexing extract of a letter from Mrs. Captain Milner, presenting a basket of beautiful and perfect bunches of purple and white grapes, with some interesting details as to the mode adopted by that lady in treating the vines. Proposed by the president, seconded by the meeting, that the special thanks of the society be offered to Mrs. Milner, for her highly interesting and beautiful present, which clearly proves that nothing but taste and attention is wanting, to secure as fine grapes and as plentiful in and about Calcutta, as in the finest vine countries.
Memo.—The Secretary had also received within the last week, a spendid bunch of grapes from Col. James Young,the produce of the vine planted by C.K. Robison, Esq., in the Union Bank compound, and a bunch from Mrs. Smith, the produce of her garden in Short's Bazar. If every householder in Calcutta would plant but two vines, he would secure at once a cool retreat, and delicious fruit by simply planting cuttings in a soorkey corner.
Mr. George Prinsep presented a fine specimen of cotton grown from Peruvian seed, valued by Mr. Hill at fifty percent. more that Surat. It has the advantage of black seed which are easily detached.
Mr. Masters presented a fine graft of the Ficus Elastica, of 48 day growth, 10 feet in length and 6 inches in circumference.
Mr. G. T. F. Speed presented a specimen of hemp grown from the purple Hibiscus, grown at Patna.
The thanks of the meeting were ordered to be given for all the above cummunications and presentations.
John Bell, Secretary. Town-hall, Calcutta, 13th June, 1838. [Hurkaru, June 14.
tdvantage of by many, who from want of time and other causes could otherwise do nothing. A plan of a hotel has been prepared by Messrs. Burn and Co., which Mr. Spence approves of; and as he agrees to open it on much the same footing as the one conducted by him here, the question now remains to be considered, “whether or not an adequate sum for its erection is likely to be raised ? Messrs. B. and Co. are not at present prepared to give an estimate or enter into a contract; but from the abundance of mate. rials on the spot, they are disposed to think, the expense of such a building at Darjeling would be considerably less than in Calcutta. The scheme of the proposed tontine has been kindly drawn out by Mr. Cuonin, and along with the plan, both are now submitted for con. sideration. Doubts have been expressed by some persons as to the probability of a hotel succeeding at Bajeling, and the Mussoorie one is quoted as being nearly a failure. Without enquiry here into the accuracy of this assertion, it appears, to us, that the circumstances are totally dis. ferent. The Mussoorie hotel was started after the number of bungalows built exceeded the demand for them. At Darjeling there is not a hut at present available. No doubt it may be argued that the hotel is not likely to be patronised after parties have built their own bunga. lows; but the answer here again is, that the cases are not parallel; and whatever number of bungalows are built at Darjeling, it may be fairly presumed, there will always be a sufficient influx of Bengal visitors, who, from various causes, would prefer a residence at the hotel, to the trouble and expense of building houses for themselves. Most persons present are aware, that measures are now in progress for the construction of a public road, and four staging bungalows. These undertakings will probably be completed against February next. There are other matters of importance to the settlers. Such as, arranging for a proper dák line; managing the details connected with these bungalows; fixing on a European of respectability near Titalay, who would keep a store there and at the station, and act likewise as an agent in Procusing bullocks, &c. &c. These objects must be attended to by the committee to be now appointed. It may be satisfactory, however, to the meeting to learn, that a statement regarding the alteration of the dak line has been already submitted to the proper authorities, (with every prospect of success,) which, if adopted, will enable a traveller to lay dåk from calcutta at once to the second bungalow at Punkabanee, 1,500 feet above the sea level, and where he may arrive with ease on the fourth evening. With these observations this report may be concluded. The subject in all its bearings is how before the commu. nity at large ; and whatever difference of opinion there may be, as to the means proposed, discussion cannot fail to promote the speedy establishment of an object, conducive alike to the health and recreation, of a great proPortion of the Europeans in the Bengal presidency. HENRY M. Low.
Calcutta, 15th June, 1838. W.M. Bruce.
MRS. CHESTER'S FAREWELL DRAMATIC concBRT.
On Tuesday evening, we attended the above perform. ance at the Town-hall, and considering the circumstances under which it had been got up, we were agree. able surprized to find it so well attended. There could not have been less than twelve hundred rupees in the 00m.
Mrs. Chester welcomed with hearty, congratulations, which, doubtless, stimulated her to do her utmost to please her audience ; for she acquitted herself much to their satisfaction.
Mrs. Valadares warbled through passages of consi. derable length, with great rapidity and delicacy of tone.
R. D. Mangles, Fsq. who has been appointed to the board on Tuesday last, the 19th instant, it being the officiate as a member of the Sudder Board of revenue, first board day, at which he has attended ever since
in the room of Mr. Walters, who has proceeded to sea
his appointment as a member of it.-Hurkaru,
for the benefit of his health, took his oaths and seat at June 26.
THE DARJELING MEETING.
A meeting was held at the Town-hall, this morning,
Messrs. J. W. Grant, J. Abbot, S. Smith, W. Patrick, J. Cumin, C, Deasie, W. Bruce, W. Storm, A. Grant, D. McPherson M. Dugal, C. K. Robison, J. Spence, Davidson, J. H. Stocqueler, Gray, W. Jackson, R. Evans, R. Walker, Captain Harrington, A. H. Sim, G. Prinsep, Willis, Earle, Barwell, and II. M. Low.
The secretary read the following report from the committee :
The committee's repont.
By the 3d resolution passed at the public meeting of the 15th instant, your committee was directed to call a meeting of shareholders so soon as it appeared a sufficient number of shares had been subscribed for. Upwards of ninety having been taken on the 22d, your committee felt justified in calling the present meeting, and they have now to report the number of shares subscribed for as 105.
It will be in the recollection of the meeting that two plans for the proposed hotel were produced on the 15th instant; and that neither of them were approved of. Your committee at their first meeting, came to the same conclusion, viz. that there were objections to both ; and Major Garstin having kindly undertaken to make a new plan, it was accordingly submitted for consideration at a meeting of the committee on the 22d. At this meeting too, another plan by Messrs. Burn and Co. was laid on the table.
Your committee do not feel authorized to recommend either for adoption. They approved generally of Major Garstin's, as from the explanations given by him, it seems to combine comfort with economy. But before adopting a plan at all, it is evident that some reference must be made to the amount of funds subscribed for, as well as to the opinions and wishes of the tenant who is to occupy the premises. ... Another consideration is impossibility of finishing a building on the scale contemplated so early as March next. Your committee, there. fore, are decidedly of opinion, that a temporary building should be erected at a moderate expense; and, though at first this recommendation may almost have the appearance of throwing away money, they are satisfied the result would prove a saving. Ample time would thus be given for practically ascertaining the value of materials, cost of labour, &c, &c, and in afterwards effecting
a contract for the more durable building, the Company would no doubt have the benefit of a competition, which at present cannot be expected. On the whole then, after giving the subject their best attention, your committee would recommend;
1st. That authority be given to lévy the subscription forth with ;
2d That a sub-committee of three be named for the above purpose, and with power to carry through the necessary arrangements for vesting the property in their names, as trustees for the company ;
3d. That the committee be directed to make arrangements for the erection of a temporary building at an expense not exceeding Rs. 6,000, and at the same time to secure a respectable tenant for opening it as a hotel. In conclusion, your committee have to observe, that though active operation cannot be commenced on the spot, before the month of October, still it is very necessary that certain measures should be in progress here, with as little delay as possible. That some difficulties exist is unquestionable, but if resolutions are passed to the effect recommenced, your committee feel confident, these difficulties will soon be surmounted, and that the sanatarium of Darjeling will thereby be established on a permanent footing, by next hot-season.-J. W. GRANT, Chairman. '