Motor transport in Calcutta has suddenly emerged into prominence, and so far as the requirements of the docks and jetty traffic are concerned the time would certainly appear to have come when it should be given at least a trial. Another direction in which motor transport might well be employed was suggested by Mr. J.G. Apcar in the course of Wednesday’s discussion in the Corporation on the proposed extension of the tramways so as to tap areas which are not served at present by tramways. Mr. Apcar’s proposition was that a system of motor omnibuses should be started to run from these areas, and that when the traffic had sufficiently developed, the Tramway Company might consider whether lines might not be laid down. Mr. Apcar did not indicate whether the omnibuses were to be run by the Corporation, by the Tramway Company, or by some third party; but there is a great deal in his remarks as to the comparative cheapness of the service, and as to the ease with which it could be transferred from one district to another.
CHINESE AND THE POLICE
Owing to the strained relations existing between the different factions of the Chinese community in Calcutta, Sir Frederick Halliday, Commissioner of Police, on the receipt of information that a meeting was to be held on Tuesday night in the Chinese "Chongyee Thong" church, situated at No. 20, Bentinck Lane, issued orders for special police precautions. Superintendent Aldridge, Circle Inspector Hamilton, with a number of European sergeants and constables from headquarters, accordingly attended the meeting, which began at 8 o’clock, and ended about midnight. Apart from a number of heated speeches, however, the function was a quiet one. Mr. Yup Soon Hui was elected president with Mr. Yoon Miu Hiu as his deputy and Mr. V Harri the translator for the ensuing year. The meeting was attended by over 600 Chinese.
TWO VERSIONS OF THE FIGHTING
All Parties Claim Victories
London, July 2
A semi-official telegram from Belgrade received early this morning says that fighting continued yesterday, and that the Bulgarians were repulsed along the whole line, losing six quick-firers, and eight hundred prisoners. It is admitted that the Servian losses were heavy. On the other hand, although a state of war is declared to exist, it is pointed out in Belgrade that diplomatic relations have not been interrupted. Diplomats in London and on the Continent are still confident that war will be averted, and that the acceptance of arbitration by the Skupstina will mark the beginning of a peaceful solution of the
dispute through the mediation
The Bulgarians claim that they routed the Greek and Servian aggressors in the recent fighting, and seized and occupied the positions from which the Greeks and Servians were ousted.
DUTCH EAST INDIES
Royal Commission’s Report On Defences
The Hague, July 2
The report of the Royal Commission of enquiry into the defences of the Dutch Indies makes the following proposals: The establishment of a navy, the cost of which is to be defrayed equally by the Netherlands and the East Indies, including nine dreadnoughts, five of which are to be constantly stationed in the East Indies, supported by a large number of torpedo boats, destroyers, and submarines.
The establishment of a principal base at Tanjong Priok, and the construction of three forts there, with subsidiary bases at other points in the Archipelago. Also, the accumulation of huge stores of provisions and fuel. It is proposed that liquid fuel be used.
The report suggests 35 years as the period for the completion of the scheme, the annual cost being to the tune of 45 and half million florins.