OCCASIONAL NOTE

In connection with the census returns for Burma it has been pointed out that the percentage of male literate Burmans in jail in comparison with the total jail population is considerably higher than the proportion of literate free Burmans to the total male free population. The numbers are 646 literates per thousand of the male convicts and 534 per thousand of the free population. The inference would almost seem to be that literacy in Burma has special dangers for the men. The explanation may perhaps be, as one writer has suggested, that in Burma at the present day a high degree of literacy prevails only in the cities, where also the greatest tendency to crime is found. Among the women of Burma illiteracy is more widespread than one would imagine from their general brightness and intelligence, and it is a curious coincidence that the proportion of women convicts is extremely low, amounting to only 3 and half per cent of the total.

NEWS ITEMS

THE PORT OF KARACHI
A Proposed Graving Dock
(From Our Correspondent)
Karachi, June 13
The Karachi Port Trustees have passed the following resolution :- “The board are of opinion that the provision of a graving dock is essential to the complete equipment of the port. They consider that a masonry dock will be best suited to the condition of Karachi harbour. They approved tentatively the site suggested. In view of the strategical value of Karachi they are of opinion that the board should communicate with Government with a view to ascertaining whether a Government grant will be given towards the cost of the work if the board construct it in accordance with the requirements of the Admiralty, as to which the necessary inquiries should be made.”

THE CIVIL SERVICE DINNER
Sir E. Henry On The Indian Police
Why Village Watchmen Are A Failure
London, June 13
Presiding at the Indian Civil Service dinner Sir Edward Henry, Commissioner of Police, London, alluding to the attack at Delhi on the Viceroy, said the police were too often condemned for what they could not prevent. It was easy to protect the Viceroy in functions in buildings, but it was difficult to do so when he took part in processions which passed slowly along a pre-determined route.
Sir Edward condemned the placing of village watchmen under village punchayets, which system, he said, had the effect of their not giving news to the police. Sir Edward praised the district officer as the backbone of the administration.                                                                                                   14 June, 1913