Spent day writing letters to catch Air Mail and calling at various offices to bid good-bye to our friends. Caught 8.30pm train from Benares.
Month: December 2012
A drive and visit to the interior of Queen Victoria’s memorial, a wonderful building. Afterwards to a polo match – Jaipur versus Kashmir. IPA Championship Final; Jaipur won. Also Kashmir A Team versus the 10th Hussars – Kashmir won. The Viceroy and Lady Willingdon were […]
Went with Mr Lloyd to Gourepore to visit Barry and Co’s Jute Mills. They have two mills, one employing 5,000 hands and the other 7,000. We saw the process of manufacture which resembles that of cloth in Leeds and district, only the machines used for jute are stronger than those used in the manufacture of cloth. We then went on to the Oil Mills and witnessed the process of extracting oil from Linseed. The oil is used by Paint Makers and Printing Ink Manufacturers and the residue is used for making feeding cakes for cattle. Had lunch and tea with the Lloyds and then returned to Calcutta for dinner, then to bed very tired after the late night yesterday.
Mac and Siewert off for a swim. Our bearer – the room boys and the bath boy brought button hole posies. Our bearer brought his in with chota hazri – a rose and also ivory cherry sticks. The other boys came in procession with pink carnations – their way of showing respect is to garland one with flowers but I always have a fear that some biting insects are lurking among the petals. As I finished breakfast there was a knock at the door and the messenger boy also handed me a small rose. These tokens of esteem have cost me 16½ rupees up to now. We are going to the Botanical Gardens this afternoon to see the giant Banyan tree – 88 feet high and 1,170 feet in circumference. This tree drops creepers from its branches which ultimately reach the ground, take root and grow into stout tree trunks. The Tea trade of India is indebted to the Botanical Gardens for its prosperity because of the number of experiments carried out there.