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: march to Samagooting; note on ease of procuring supplies and coolies in the Angamee Naga Hills
medium: tours
location: Samagooting Diphopanee R.
date: 29.3.1870-30.3.1870
person: Butler/ John
date: 5.1.1870-30.3.1870
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 29th March, Tuesday. Halted today so as to have a good rest and make a fair start of it tomorrow, for I have decided upon marching straight to Samagooting in one day so as to avoid passing the night in the jungly valley of the Diphoopanee which just at this season of the year is most unhealthy and shunned even by the Nagas, and moreover I find my men are much knocked up and foot sore, 3 constables and 2 servants having their feet so swollen that it was only with the greatest difficulty they managed to crawl into camp yesterday, indeed one of them had to be carried in the whole way for he couldn't put his foot to the ground it was so painful.
text: 30th March, Wednesday. Marched into Samagooting and was rather surprised to feel the marked change in the weather. Two days ago we were glad to sit by a fire, now I should almost be thankful for a punkah, however we are all pretty glad to get back and have a good roof over our heads again for we have had rather trying work of it ever since the rain commenced. In conclusion it may perhaps be considered worth recording here that this is the first occasion that any European officer has visited the Angamee Naga Hills without taking up with him from the plains both coolies and supplies, and I may add that I found no difficulty whatever in procuring both from every village I passed through.
text: Offg. Deputy Commissioner.