NEWS ITEMS

COCHIN STATE
Improvement Of Police Service
(From Our Correspondent)
Cochin, July 20
The Dewan of Cochin has accorded sanction for an appreciable improvement in the Police Service of the State, which was badly needed, at an additional annual expenditure of Rs 5,064 to the durbar. The new arrangement, which comes into force from August 16th next, consists of the general strengthening of the staff from inspectors down to constables, with the exception of prosecuting inspector, the formation of two divisions, each under a sub-inspector to be newly appointed, the introduction of an increased scale of pay for inspectors and headquarters inspector, the reduction in the number of prosecuting inspectors, the investment of sub-inspectors with power to conduct minor prosecutions, and the abolition of the post of office sub-inspector.

THE OPERA CINEMA
The show at the Opera House continues to be an excellent one, the attractions, of course, being Nat Clifford and Sir Mark Anton. The former is very funny in his songs "Fifty years ago" and "Barcelona" and his character study of "Mister Booze" is a good piece of acting. Melrose and Franklin’s sketch "The Tramp and the Maid" affords much amusement.
Sir Mark Anton’s one-man performance of "Caught Red-Handed" is a fine exposition of quick changing. He fills eight roles and the changes of costume occupy him, on an average, about three seconds. His imitations of various composers conducting their own compositions is also clever, and provokes much mirth, and a word must be given to the orchestra who ably supported him in this last item.
The Cinematograph films are excellent.

HINDU AS AMERICAN CITIZEN
A Calcutta-Born Man
(From Our Correspondent)
Allahabad, July 20
The Standard’s New York correspondent states that the first Hindu to become a United States citizen, Akhay Kumar Mozumdar, was born in Calcutta, and is a Yogi. He has just been admitted. The necessary judicial ruling that Mozumdar was a free white person within the meaning of the Nationalisation Act seems to have been influenced by the candidate’s statement that high caste Hindus always considered themselves Aryans.