The law’s delays seem to be a subject of universal complaint in India. The latest example comes from Pudukkottai, the third in importance of the Native States in direct political relations with the Government of Madras. In the course of the report, just issued, on the administration of this State during 1912-13, it is stated very frankly that, while the general reputation of the magistrates for fairness is satisfactory, "the slowness of their methods is little calculated to encourage the public to resort to the criminal courts for the protection or recovery of property." In the courts of magistrates of the first class, out of a total of 190 cases disposed of, 55 were pending for over three months. In 23 cases the interval between the first appearance of the accused and the close of the case was over six months. Three persons were kept under remand for over two hundred days each. One magistrate in disposing of thirty cases under the preventive sections allowed an average of more than twelve adjournments per case: and another magistrate allowed fifteen adjournments
in each of two cases. An attempt is to be made to speed up the machinery of justice in Pudukkottai, and if the attempt be successful this States will be able to set an example to the greater part of the rest of India.
SIR SWINTON JACOB’S RESIGNATION
Archaeological Department To Find A Substitute
(From Our Special Correspondent)
Simla, Oct 29
No successor has yet been selected to replace Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, as Indian Art Adviser to the Delhi Committee. It is understood that the Government of India are in communication with the Archaeological Department to secure the services of a master craftsman. Col. Sir Swinton Jacob has also made several suggestions in connection with the appointment which are under consideration. His refusal to serve on the Committee will certainly cause disappointment to exponents of Indian architecture, but every effort will be made to secure the services of a competent substitute.
PERSECUTION OF THE PRESS IN RUSSIA
Protest In The Duma
St. Petersburg, Oct 29
The Duma adopted by 149 votes to 106 an interpellation of the Constitutional Democrats, drawing attention to the persecution of the Press, especially in connection with the Beiliss trial.
M. Miliukoff, Leader of the Party, said that the persecution of the Press had reached a climax in 1913, the authorities hoping thus to prevent publicity of the trial.
Mr. Purishkevitch, of the Extreme Right, said that the Duma had no right to become a meeting of sympathy with Jews, who were trying to cloak a crime which was exciting the whole of Europe.
NEW TROOPING SCHEME
Practical Training For Officers
(From Our Correspondent)
Simla, Oct 29
With a view to improving the trooping arrangements in India the Government of India have sanctioned a scheme under which the embarking of staff officers at Bombay and Karachi will, during the first year of their appointments, be interchanged for a few weeks, and during the second year be deputed for one month’s duty at the War office and Southampton.
The officer going home on deputation will embark on one transport as adjutant, and return in another as quarter-master so as to gain a thorough insight into the conditions on board ship.
Major H.A.V. Cummings, D.A.A. and Q.M.G. Bombay Brigade, proceeds Home on this duty in the Plassy, leaving Bombay on November 7th.