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Calcutta and a fellow survivor of the troubles under Suraj-ud-Daula. One would have liked to find the name of Peter Speke, after whom Sudder Street was named Speke Street and who was for twelve years “a ruling voice in the Supreme Council.” But, as we have said, the work does not profess to be a complete guide, and, if there should be a second edition, the few names we have ventured to suggest might perhaps be added. Meanwhile, we must be content with what we have been given. in regard to errors there are none, at least we confess to being unable to discover any By the way, is it strictly correct to describe Sir William Nott, although he undoubtedly recaptured and dismantled the fortress of Ghazni, as the “hero" of that place?
No less an authority than Earl Curzon has been pleased to write out describing the Hand-List as a most useful and valuable one. The paper is good and the printing and cover do credit to the Catholic Orphan Press. Not the least noticeable feature of the work is the addition of the plans which give the visitor an idea at a glance of the sites of the monuments, The Appendix gives an extract, from the Empress, describing a visit of the-now, alas ! practically defunct-Calcutta Historical Society to the cemeteries under the guidance of the compilers. The value of the work would, in our opinion, have been enhanced if the compilers could have seen their way to furnishing photographs and an alphabetical index of names. So also a mention of the price and of the place where the work is available would help would-be purchasers. We join the compilers in their pious hope that this small brochure may serve hereafter as a nucleus of some larger work. Indeed (in the words of no less exalted a person than our King-Emperor) it is, among other things, “the splendid historic traditions" of Calcutta “ which should preserve to it a pre-eminent position " as “the premier city of India."
K. N. Dhar, M. A.
LOYAL LEAVES-being a few selected Poems by A. S. H. Hussaia, B.A.,
Bengal Education Service. Calcutta, 1911, 8vo. The poems contained in this little work are five in number, the last and most interesting of them being an Address of Welcome to H. I. M. King George V. They are the effusions of a cultured Moslem gentleman who is already known as a poet among his countrymen ; indeed it is said of him that he was the first Muhammadan in India to publish English verses. The unexceptionable sentiments expressed by him do credit to both his heart and his common sense, while his loyalty certainly rises above all question. The brief
. Prefatory Note, setting forth the benefits India has derived from British rule, is as thoughtfully conceived as it is concisely put together, and should be carefully studied and widely read by all young Indians to whom, among others, its perusal cannot fail
to do good. Hence this little work, it seems to us, should also be useful as a text-book for schools and colleges throughout India.
We must not omit to mention here that the Hon'ble Mr. G. W. Küchler, C. I. E., Director of Public Instruction, Bengal, has been pleased to allow the poems to be dedicated to him, while a copy which had been submitted for the acceptance of His Imperial Majesty, was suitably acknowledged by the Private Secretary. As a frontispiece to the publication we have a pleasing portrait of the King-Emperor and Queen-Empress. In the form of a supplement the author provides a curious, but not uninteresting, Genealogical Tree showing his descent from the Prophet of Arabia and his connection with certain ancient and noble families in Bengal. Both printing and paper are excellent. The price is Re. 1 only for cloth-bound copies obtainable from the author at 60, Sakaripara Road, Bhowanipore, Calcutta.
The work opens with an Ode on the Golden Jubilee of the late Queen-Empress Victoria, followed by two others commemorating the Diamond jubilee of that Sovreign. Then we have one on the Coronation of His late Imperial Majesty King Edward VII. These four poems have been reprinted from previous works of the Author's. The last is the Address of Welcome to His present Majesty already referred to.
We regret that with the space at our disposal we can quote only a brief extract (taken from the last poem) as a specimen of the author's style :
O Emperor-King within thy hand
Lies India's future fate,
Raise her and make her great.
Teach thou her rulers still
Nor spurn her people's will.
From hearts that beat for thee :
And Edward--thou may'st be."
Ne'er, India, in thy storied past
So great a day has been:
God bless our Empress-Queen !
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1909-10. Bengal Government. Report on the Land Revenue Administration of the Lower
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Punjab for the year ending 31st July 1911. Punjab Govern
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the Punjab for the year ending 30th June 1911. Punjab
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the year ending 31st March 1911. United Provinces
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for 1910-11. North-West Frontier Province Government. Annual Progress Report of the Superintendent, Mahomedan
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Co. Selected Poems by Oscar Wilde. Methuen and Co., Ld. The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Graham Balfour.
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Baroda. Longmans, Green and Co.