The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Dimapur; illegal distilling; roadmaking
medium: tours
person: MoluramKaluram
location: Dimapur Lahorijan Diphupani R. (Diphu R.) Ekarani
date: 4.9.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 28.8.1923-9.9.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 4th Sept
text: Inspected Dimapur Thana. Among other things I learnt that the poor consumption at the liquor shop was due to the private distilling on a considerable scale of a certain Nepali living just across the district boundary at Lahorijan. This man buys large quantities of molasses and rice for brewing in Dimapur and all the custom has gone to him. He was convicted a month or two ago but only fined Rs. 50/-, ie, about a week's earnings. I am suggesting that he should be ejected from the Mikir Hills Tract. Moluram the Pandit is in great trouble and has asked for a rise of pay, as he has exceptionally long service and has only just got a post on incremental grade. I fancy it might be possible to give him some special promotion. He cannot live at Dimapur on his present pay with the family he has.
text: A lady who had a Rs. 100/- Government currency Note eaten by white ants came to see if she could get it back. The number was gone and the Currency Office refused to renew it, but said [blank] they would return the fragments. These should be given back to her. I gather that the story with which she produced them was a fabrication intended to move me to pity.
text: After finishing the Thana I examined the pound keeper's records, but as he had not entered the serial No. of the Form A receipt in the Release receipts, it was impossible to check his records without going through every item since the audit last spring. I have shown him how the records must be kept and when Sub Deputy Collector (I or II) next goes to Dimapur, he will have to check some of the entries made after September 4th.
text: In the evening to a local enquiry in old Dimapur. First round the bazar to see where the next piece of metalling is needed. The first to be done must be an extension of the road past Kaluram's shop parallel to the Railway. The next most needed bit is the road in front of the new Masjid and the Muslim bazar now beginning to grow up, and the approach to it from the Station Road. I told the Muhammadans that I would start on that next. Then I heard criminal cases all the morning and spent all the afternoon in visiting the site of a homicide six miles away, as I could not decide the case without seeing the spot which was by the Diphu beyond Ekarani.