Items of Interest

Lord Carmichael, soon to retire as Governor of Bengal, India, was presented with a farewell address recently by the municipal body of Darjeeling, the beautiful hill station to which official Bengal is accustomed to retire between March and November. In the course of his reply he made the following notable admission: "I am afraid I cannot agree with those who profess to think more work is done in the hills than in the plains. In Bengal, at any rate, that is certainly not the case ... I know that if I had been in the plains I could have done more work. I know too that many of my friends, especially of those who seem to me to work hardest, think the same thing, and I cannot see why we should not say so."

This system, notwithstanding repeated protests against its extravagance, has now continued for some fifty years. So far, attempts to bring about a reform have been fruitless. In a country like India, where there is no public opinion, the severest criticism has not the effect which it has in European countries, and the strength of vested interests grows with the years.

Praising God
January 27, 1917

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