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: Colonel Thomson's escort at Sikhami; Major Roma Sing denies telling coolies not to go to Kazakenomah; wants Butler to go to Manipur; official orders to continue boundary work
medium: tours
person: Thomson/ Col.Roma Sing/ Major
location: Ketsumi Sikhume (Sikhami) Kazakenomah
date: 7.2.1873
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 7th February. Passing below the village of Ketsumi we marched today into Sikhami where we found that Colonal Thomson's escort had not returned to Manipur after all, as they had threatened to do.
text: In the afternoon I received a visit from Major Romasing who rather amused me by saying that the only reason for his not accompanying us to the east was because he had no russud and his coolies had refused to go on and when I reminded him that I had promised to furnish him with russud as long as my own supplies lasted and that his coolies would have followed him fast enough had he not openly stated that it was the Rajah's orders that no one was to proceed a step [34] beyond Kazakenomah. He actually had the audacity to deny it in toto saying that I must be mistaken and this too although nearly the whole of our conversation on this subject had taken place in the presence of four European Officers and any number of natives. By the way Major Rama Sing is very anxious indeed that I should go into Manipur and as Colonel Thomson also wishes it and I think myself that it is just possible a personal interview with the Rajah may do good I have determined upon going in.
text: In the evening I received daks from Samaguting the first had left the station fifteen days ago and the second seven days ago and the party of constables escorting the latter tell me that just before starting a report had reached the station that the whole of our party had been cut up. Amongst other letters I received No. 231 of 15th January 1873 from Government of Bengal to Commissioner of Assam and enclosures from which I am glad to see that the Government have declined to recall its orders regarding the demarcation and survey of the boundary. These orders have arrived just in the nick of time and I fancy the Rajah will now see the folly of throwing any more obstacles in my way.