A temperate and sensible article on the action of Dr. Fraser in the Lushai Hills appears in Conference, the quarterly organ of the United Free Church of Scotland Missions in India. Dealing with the matter from a missionary’s point of view, the writer, while giving full personal sympathy to Dr. Fraser, shows clearly that the doctor lacked justification for setting himself in opposition to the British civil authority and his own missionary colleagues in regard to the Lushai "Bawi" system. It was not a case that called for any heroics. There was no tyrant to be faced. There was, on the contrary, "a paternal government, if there ever was one, patiently and sympathetically weaning a wild, head-hunting tribe to peaceful habits and more wholesome occupations, with as little force as possible, with officials in full sympathy with the people and enamoured of their task, and having the satisfaction, that does not always come so speedily, of seeing the results of their labours." That they could not bring about an ideal state of things all at once is admitted. But that Dr. Fraser would have done better by working with them than against them is evidently the opinion of experienced missionaries as well as of laymen.
SMALL CAUSE COURT HARDSHIPS
(From Our Correspondent)
Bombay, Aug 19
A petition of some importance to commercial interests has been presented to the Bombay High Court by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber and Bureau. It points out that in the Small Cause Court, which deals with suits up to Rs 2,000, a great hardship is inflicted on merchants and commission agents by the existing practice of the Court not to allow interest on claims from and after the filing of suits. The High Court, and almost all district courts, award judgment, allowing the creditor interest up to date of the payment of his claim. A further hardship arises from the fact that payment as decreed in the Small Cause Court is almost always spread over a considerable length of time.
CO-OPERATIVE BANK FOR TANGAIL
(From Our Correspondent)
Sakarail, Aug 19
Mr. J.M. Mittra, Registrar of Co-operative Credit Societies, arrived in Tangail yesterday and held a conference with the members of the Tangail Co-operative Town Bank and other gentlemen. It was decided to open a central bank at Tangail, with rural banks all over the subdivision. A provisional committee was formed for the purpose. Mr. Gurney, Sub-divisional Officer, was present and took a lively interest in the proceedings. Mr. Mittra left today in his steam-launch. Mr. Gupta, Examiner of Local Accounts, accompanied him.
Demand For Immediate Recognition
Peremptory Letter To Washington
New York, Aug 19
A telegram from Mexico City says that Mexico has handed a letter to Mr. Lind demanding the recognition of the Mexican Government and has sent another direct to Washington. These are regarded here as an ultimatum, as the United States is given until midnight to recognise the Mexican Government. It is understood that refusal means severing all relations.
A telegram from Washington states that officials deny the receipt of the ultimatum. Mr. Bryan announces that he has only received news of President Huerta’s rejection of the American suggestions for a peaceful settlement of the revolution. President Wilson and the Ministers take the view that the Government has done all that a friendly neighbour can, and the only interest of the United States now is to protect lives and property, claiming indemnities for losses and withdrawing American citizens.