The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton's tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: Choosing a site for the Dimapur Post Office and for boundary pillars; some clearing of the old fort
medium: tours
location: Dimapur
date: 19.12.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.12.1922-23.12.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
note: margin notes
text: 19th
text: Halted Dimapur. I spent most of the morning in viewing and discussing possible sites for the Post Office with the Deputy Post-master General, the Superintendent of Post Offices, the Executive Engineer and the Civil Surgeon. Fortunately we were able to agree on a site which will probably do. I then went with Executive Engineer to examine some errors in the plans sent up for signature by the Public Works Department for their proposed boundary pillars. Apparently they are going to waste money in putting up pillars on a block that it has already been decided to evacuate as soon as funds permit. I take it that this is some subtle measure of economy.
text: On my return I renewed a number of gun licenses, and in the afternoon took a couple of Naga coolies and cut myself a way round the four sides of the fort in which the monoliths are. It is easy to follow the wall all the way, and the ground along the foot of it is littered with fragments of bricks and pottery. Then to the Bazar and a few miscellaneous petitions, and more gun licenses, after which I discussed with the Executive Engineer the best site for the serai if the allotted site were given up to the Post Office.
text: The Khal along the north side of the Cart Road opposite the Dimapur fort is blocked by approach roads made by inhabitants to their houses, I think the Public Works Department should take action and insist on the approaches leaving a water way underneath. If not made within a given time they might be done by the Public Works Department and the occupants billed.