The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Bullion dealing; preparations for the voyage home
medium: diaries
date: 5.1.1923
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Friday, 5.
text: The "Moldavia" arrived early. After breakfast at the Club, I paid off my bearer & took my heavy luggage down to Ballard's Pier. Lunched with Wilson, to meet Prof. and Mrs. Garner of Illinois University, who were going home in the "Moldavia". Went round to the N.B.I. and saw the manager & Mr. Manchlal (a Parsi broker of reliability of H. Nagindas & Co,) and Mr. Sohovala (of Premchand Roychand & Sons). I got from them statements as to the status & soundness of the bullion-dealers on Lewis's list. Interview very helpful. I went down to the "Moldavia" & looked at my cabin [Promenade deck, Starboard side, berth 214], & went over the ship which is on her first trip, very new & clean. She can carry 14,000 tons of cargo. In the evening Wilson invited me to drink with him while he paid duty-calls on the suburbs. We drove out to Malabar Hill & had a view over Bombay from the "Hanging Gardens"; then past many very large houses of various Maharajas (Gwalior, Baroda, etc.), & other wealthy residents. I dined with Wilson & Thomas. There was a dance at the Club that night. Wilson & I and a geologist sat talking on the Club terrace till 10.30 p.m. or so.