OCCASIONAL NOTE

It is unfortunate that Dr. Nair is out of health, as he is one of the few Indians in England who can tell the stern truth regarding the credentials of the Indian political leaders. In a powerful article in the Yorkshire Telegraph on the “Reform” leaders and labour he writes: “Excepting in the case of Indian political leaders attempting to make capital out of carefully manipulated economic disputes Indian politicians have till now taken no interest in the conditions of the Indian working men. Even in Madras, where political leaders are supposed to have made attempts to organise the Indian working men, a careful examination of the facts would show that what was actually done was to get the working men to strike without an adequate organisation or funds and to leave them in the lurch when they could not extract favourable terms from their employers.” Similarly Dr. Nair heaps ridicule on the pretence of the politicians that their anxiety to impose Customs duties on English imports is in the interests of the masses. He concludes: “Please understand that Indian labour’s interests do not come in any way into the present controversy” – a fact which everybody in India knows to be the truth and which accounts for the disgust felt towards those who are now engaged in imposing on the ignorance of the English working-man.

AMRITSAR CHURCH BURNING CASE

LAHORE, JULY 19

Judgment was delivered on Friday last by the Special Tribunal in the Amritsar Rambagh Church burning case in which eight accused were originally charged with being concerned in the burning of the Mission Church at Amritsar on April 10th. The case against four of the accused, Muhammad Sultan, Fazl Din, Abdur Rahman and Ismail was withdrawn by the Public Prosecutor with the consent of the court by reason of the fact that these accused had already been convicted under the same section in connection with the burning of the Normal Mission School. One Fajja was given the benefit of doubt and acquitted. The remaining three, Abdulla, Nenra and Ghulam Muhamad, were sentenced to transportation for life with forfeiture of property.

REVIVAL OF YACHTING

There are many signs of a revival in yachting, says the Daily Chronicle. Although a number of large yachts have only recently been released from war service and cannot be got ready in time for sailing this season, there are many others which are being commissioned on the Solent. The famous racing schooner Margherita, which made such a successful debut in 1913, defeating the German schooners Meteor and Germania at Cowes, and winning the Kaiser’s last cup competed for there, has been bought by Mr. S. Joel, and is now being fitted out. The well-known ketch Julvar, which won the King’s cup at Cowes eight years ago, when she was owned by Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, has been sold to Mr. E.R. Gluckstadt, and left Cowes last month for Copenhagen. Another famous old racing yacht, Bona, winner of several King’s and Queen’s cups, has gone to Norway, having been purchased by Admiral Byrreson.

CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST

The trial of Lalchand Hazarimal on a charge of criminal breach of trust as a servant in respect of a sum of over Rs 1,10,000 has just concluded in the Bombay High Court Sessions. The accused is a native of the Punjab and a commerce graduate of Birmingham university and was employed as secretary and manager of Messrs. Pakubha Ambalal and Co., export and import merchants, doing business in Bombay and Ahmedabad. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty. The judge, in passing sentence, said that the accused had misbehaved towards masters who had been very handsomely, and sentenced him to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment.

LORD WILLINGDON

His Excellency Lord Willingdon laid the foundation stone of the Holmes Cotton Market here. In reply to an address from the Tirupur municipality His Excellency said: “In the tours which I shall take from time to time in various parts of the presidency for the purpose of making myself personally acquainted with the needs and requirements of various localities it will not be thought necessary, especially in these hard times of high prices and shortage of foodstuffs, for any public body to spend large sums of ratepayers’ money in order to give me as His Majesty’s representative a suitable welcome. Feeling sure, as I am, that I shall receive a loyal welcome from all parts of the presidency, I should be glad if all such expenditure should be cut down to the lowest limits.” In conclusion His Excellency assured the council that any representation they might make to Government would be most sympathetically considered.