The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - H.H. Godwin-Austen, Journal of a Tour in Assam, 26th November 1872 to 15th April 1873

caption: river trip along the Brahmaputra
medium: tours
date: 27.11.1872-1.12.1872
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 27th.
text: Steamer stopped at Chilmari. Simlah there having smashed her paddle wheel. Took short stroll with Macdonald & heard all his grievance abt. the Looshai Survey work. Reached Ruimari on R.B. ghat for Lura 1 o/c. Only stayed a few minutes.
text: 28th.
text: Whole of this day steaming up against strong currents & wind & reached [blank] Mari abt. 3 miles above Dhoobri at 7 o/c when quite dark.
text: 29th.
text: Went ashore with Burt early, shot a Duneticola in the long grass. Himalayahs pretty clear & I saw my old friends Chumalarhi, Kanchin, the Tagong La Li. Very pretty views all day of the hills bordering the rivers & the distant Garos. Made drawing of a coolie girl on bd. the flat. Anchored for night above Chandadinga. "Simla" close behind.
text: 30th.
text: She passed us very early next morning, we arr'd abt 9.30 at Gwalpara & laganed on chur above 2 miles from the station & waited there until abt 2 o/c for the Doctor to inspect the coolies. Briscoe I was glad to meet & [went] to the stores so kindly sent out by his wife when Williamson and I were together in the Garo Hills. Cornish of the Police also came on Bd. looking very ill poor fellow from the effects of jungle fever contracted in the same quarter of the hills. Both of them sent with us up as far as the 57 comp[any] camp (Comber) opposite which we anchored for the night. Went ashore with Burt to get some small birds & obtained a lark I had not seen before, "Alandala" & some others I had already got.
text: 1st Decr. Sunday.
text: A very dense fog next morning. Col. Comber came on board next morning & I had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. Did not get away until 10 o/c owing to dense fog. The views of the Garo Hills very fine as we worked up the river. In places we steamed along under high bank of the older red clay alluvium formed evidently when the whole surface was nearer the sea level than now. This older alluvium had a thin capping of vegetable mould and thin sandbands about 4 ft. thick.