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 Khonoma; availability and issuing of gunpowder and caps through licenses and passes
medium: tours
person: Merhema khel/ Khonoma
location: Khonoma
date: 14.5.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 14.5.1926-9.6.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: Tour diary of J.H. Hutton Esqr. C.I.E., D.Sc., Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills for the months of May and June 1926.
text: 14/5/1926 To Khonoma. Renewed gun licences and listened to the old complaint that the powder and caps allowed on a licence is much too little. I told them that they could have one of two things - an increase of the allowance in which case I should put an end absolutely to all extra issues of powder beyond the licence, or the status quo under which I give passes for very considerable amounts of extra powder etc. for village ramashas or cases where damage is done by wild dog, tiger etc. They said they preferred the present arrangement to one under which no extra passes would be granted. Of course the amount allowed on a licence is small enough - half pound does not go far.
text: The Merhema people came as usual for the site of the fort. I said I would consider nothing until the village water supply, which Merhema have stopped, was reopened.