OCCASIONAL NOTE

Sir Havelock Charles is the first occupant of the office of Medical Adviser to the Secretary of State for India which was created by Mr. Austen Chamberlain. The predecessors of Sir Havelock at the India Office were chairmen of the Medical Board which was concerned chiefly with invaliding. Under the new arrangement the Medical Adviser is charged with the duty of giving advice on all matters affecting the health of the people of India, with the right of making representations direct to the Secretary of State. It is apparent from a speech delivered by Sir Havelock at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association that he thinks there is a tendency at present to underrate the importance of the research work that has been accomplished in India in connection with the Indian Medical Service.

He refers to the research laborator ies at Bombay, Kasauli, Madras, and Rangoon, to the Pasteur Institutes at Kasauli, Shillong, and Coonoor, and to the Malar ial Bureau at Kasauli. But even before these laboratories had been properly equipped, valuable work was done in India by Donovan on kala-azar, by Mackie on relapsing fever, by Glen Liston and Lamb on plague, by Rogers on dysentery and liver abscess, by Semple on rabies, by Greig on cholera, and by many other workers in various lines of research. India, however, is a country where the opportunities of medical research are unsurpassed, and there can be little doubt that ful ler advantage is to be taken of them in the future.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE THEFTS

Arika Swamy, who was the personal bearer to Lord Carmichael, was yesterday sentenced by Mr. Das Gupta, Third Presidency Magistrate, to three months’ rigorous imprisonment under section 54 (a) of the Police Act, for being found in possession of property belonging to Mr. Baker, the Government Architect. Mr. Baker, it seems, missed this property while he was a guest at Government House, in 1917. About the same time also, Miss Anderson, missed a gold neck-chain set with a diamond pendant, at Barrackpore Government House.

Enquiries were taken up by the police, and a portion of Mr. Baker’s property was found in Arika Swamy’s box. He made a statement, which led to the recovery of Miss Anderson’s neck-chain, from the possession of a woman residing in Umacharan Dass Lane. This woman, it may be mentioned, was convicted of being found in possession of stolen proper ty. Ar ika Swamy, however, escaped from police custody, and he was not heard of until recently, when he was arrested at Poona, from which place, he was brought down to Calcutta for trial.

BOMBAY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 

The Bombay Legislative Council met today, Lord Willingdon presiding. The Hon. Purushattamdas Thakardas was allowed to move a resolution recommending that steps be taken immediately in view of the seriousness of the situation caused by famine conditions. The resolution was warmly supported. The Hon. Mr. Carmichael, Revenue Member, made a statement regarding the agricultural outlook and said that the Government of India had been approached to come to the rescue. He said there was a serious failure of rain in the Gujrath Deccan and other parts of the presidency. The prospect was not encouraging, but was not altogether hopeless if rains still came. The resolution was passed.

SCOTS HEROIC STAND

Reuter’s morning despatch from Headquarters makes a feature of the heroic two days’ stand at Moeuvres by a corporal and six men of the Highland Light Infantry mentioned in a British communiqué. The incident can be compared with the fight at Rorke’s Drift. The gallant Scots were rather weak and blear-eyed when they were rescued but were able lustily to respond to the tumultuous cheering of their comrades. A regular cordon of corpses around the post told how fiercely they were assailed.

They were practically without shelter and ceaseless vigilance was necessary to prevent the Germans get t ing wi thin bombing distance. Although they knew they were right in the midst of the foe they did not despai r. Thei r only concern was whether their ammunition would hold out. In any event they had determined not to surrender but when it became impossible to hold the post they had meant to make a sortie and try to reach the British outposts.