The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - Tour Diary of the Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills 1870 (John Butler) volume one

caption: visit from Thongal Major to discuss boundary; ordered to restore revenue taken by sepoys
medium: tours
person: Brown/ Dr
location: Barail Range (Burrail Range) Maon R. Serjo R. Dzulu R. (Zullo R.)
date: 16.2.18701842
person: Butler/ John
date: 5.1.1870-30.3.1870
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 16th February, Wednesday. This morning I received a visit from Major "Thongal" the chief Native official accompanying the Political Agent a sharp shrewd, sensible fellow and as I learn from Dr. Brown, the working man in Monipoor. He was very anxious that I should discuss the question of the jurisdiction of some of the border villages but this of course I declined to do merely informing him that he must be perfectly well aware that a definite boundary line had been laid down in 1842 and that I was now going simply to point out what this line really was and the jurisdiction of all villages would therefore be at once settled by the fact of their being situated either north or south of this line, in the former case they would belong to Assam in the latter to Manipoor. We then had some conversation regarding the "Maid" or Maon River which I was anxious to identify as its sources in the watershed of the Burrail range will be the spot from which we must commence our work and I am afraid we may have a little difficulty in fixing upon this stream for Major Thongal first informed me that there was no such stream and then shortly afterwards said that there were two rivers (called by the Nagas "Serjo" "Zullo") which were both called Maon rivers on account of their taking their rise from the midst of the Maon villages and then pointing to the Seejo he added "If you claim up to the sources of that river you will take away all our Naga villages."
text: In the course of the day I received a letter from the Political Agent in reply to my former letters of the 11th and 14th instant informing me that the Moneepooree official accompanying him (above alluded to) had been ordered to restore the money and pay for the provisions taken from the several villages and that he had promised to do so, he also informed me that with the exception of 80 men the force accompanying him had been been ordered to return so I hope this little affair may be considered satisfactorily settled.