The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - tour diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for the year 1870-1872 (John Butler) volume two

caption: to Kezakenomah; Thomson's coolies receive orders not to go further east; confirmation of the murder of a Kuki scout for his musket
medium: tours
person: Thomson/ Col.James
location: Kezakenomah Hebupoonomah Keruphemah
date: 20.1.1873
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 20th January. Marched to Kezakenomah passing through Hebupoonomah en route.
text: [29] I am sorry to say we were very much delayed this morning in making a start owing to Colonel Thomson's coolies having received private orders from the Major forbidding them to accompany him any further to the East, orders which were afterwards changed to the effect that they were only to accompany as far as Kezakkenomah and "not a step further". The Major himself has marched to Tengiphemah (or Makhel) under the pretence of making arrangements for russud.
text: In the afternoon I received a letter from James at Samaguting reporting the murder of the Kuki Scout near Keruphemah. From the deposition of the Khassi who accompanied the unfortunate man, it seems clear that the murder was committed for the sake of obtaining possession of the musket with which he was armed and has no political significance whatever. I am sorry to say James does not seem to have obtained any clue likely to lead him to discover who the perpetrators were.