Ringtons. A Visit to India and Ceylon: 16th January, 1936The Ringtons Blog Ringtons. A Visit to India and Ceylon: 16th January, 1936

A drive through Sajan Niwas gardens and visit the Museum, Zoo and Jail. The governor of the jail was a fine type of man who spoke English well and seemed to be of a kind disposition. He had 599 prisoners, including 129 life prisoners. There were 30 women in the Jail, among them being several life prisoners. The life prisoners were distinguished by wearing red clothing and red caps. One political prisoner’s rations cost ten times as much as those of the other prisoners. They were all fettered from the waist to the ankles by chains and were occupied in spinning cotton and jute, weaving cloth on very primitive looms and making carpets. Distinction is made for prisoners of various castes and religions and from what I saw the majority are better housed and fed than if they were at liberty. Mac did not accompany us on this trip. He had been successful in securing one of the Maharana’s horses and had been for a ride with the head groom into the hills. We leave at 6pm tonight and do not reach Abu Road until 4:12pm tomorrow, – over 22 hours in the train. We have only one more night in the train – from Abu Road to Bombay. Five days in Bombay and then homeward bound!

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