The first business at tomorrow’s meeting of the Bengal Legislative Council, after Messrs. Green, Goode, and Chaudhuri have taken the oath and questions have been asked and answered, is a statement on the floods in Burdwan by Sir William Duke.
Sir William Duke will then present the report of the Select Committee on the Bengal Laws Bill 1913, and will move that the Bill be re-committed with a view to further amendment.
Nawab Syed Shams-ul-Huda will submit the report of the Select Committee on the Bill to provide for the appointment of sanitary officers for certain municipalities outside Calcutta, and will afterwards move that the Bill be passed.
Mr. Samman will introduce a Bill to dispose of the property and funds of the Doveton College as a consequence of the settlement arrived at. Resolutions on sanitation are to be moved by the Maharaja Ranajit Sinha, of Nashipur, and Babu Surendra Nath Roy, and at the close of the ordinary business the Council will proceed to the election of six non-official members to the Finance Committee to be constituted for the discussion of the Draft Financial Statement of the Government of Bengal for the year 1913-14.
BURGLARY AT KARACHI HOTEL
Indian Singer’s Loss
(From Our Correspondent)
Karachi, Aug 30
Last night a burglary was committed at the North-Western Hotel, Karachi, a despatch box containing about Rs 3,000 in small notes and cash being abstracted from the room of Gauhar Jan, the famous Indian singer. The theft is a mysterious one as throughout the night Gauhar Jan and her husband were sleeping in the room, and an ayah and three male servants were sleeping in the adjoining dressing-room and passage. The police were informed early this morning and active investigations are now being made.
THE MONEY MARKET
German Banker’s Prediction
London, Aug 30
At a meeting of the German Reichsbank the Vice-President declared that the reduction of the Bank rate was still impossible, although the Banks at present had bullion in deposit to the extent of nearly pound 9,000,000 above August 1912, and, in spite of the transfer of over pound 1,000,000 to the war treasure. Germany had imported hitherto in 1913, pound 11,000,000 and exported pound 2,250,000.
Before the Bank rate was lowered they must see whether the easiness of money was not merely temporary.
He added that it looked as if there would be a period of strain at the end of September.
A MISSING LAUNCH
The Clytie&’s Mysterious Disappearance
The River Police authorities of Calcutta have received information that the steam launch Clytie, dispatched from the Royal Indian Marine Dockyards at Kidderpore, on the 13th ultimo to Murshidabad, had not reached its destination. This launch had been sent here for repairs and its non-appearance at Murshidabad is naturally causing the authorities of that place a good deal of anxiety.
She was scheduled to arrive there on July 16th. A Sub-Inspector of Police from Murshidabad was sent on July 31st in another launch to search for the missing boat and after patiently scouring the river between the two places for some days was unable to obtain any information whatever relating to the vessel.
She had on board at the time of leaving Calcutta a serang and the usual Indian crew.
At the present moment it is impossible to suggest any definite theory, to account for the disappearance of the launch. Enquiries are still being made.