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Dawk Journey from Calcutta to Cuttack.
BY REV. I. STUBBINS.
think our judge--Octavius Toogood, from Calcutta about the 20th of Esq.—has nobly done his duty. * February, and prayer will, it is be
Another case considered, and on lieved, be offered that they may be which the Cuttack brethren were wafted in safety over the mighty empowered to take legal advice, was waters, and that health may be as to the question of divorce under mercifully restored. May all that Act V. of 1852, commonly called was done at our late Conference the “the Indian Marriage Act.” It (which was one of the most imporis difficult, of course, to say what a tant we have ever held) fall out to professional opinion on such a the furtherance of the gospel. question may be, but the the act
JOHN BUCKLEY. itself says nothing of divorce.+
The propriety of making Ganjam, which is said now to be much more DAWK JOURNEY FROM healthy, a sub-station was discussed and referred to the brethren at Ber. CALCUTTA TO CUTTACK, hampore. The desirableness also of the missionary, or missionaries, in the Piplee district, generally residing at Pooree, was considered at
Khundittur, Feb. 11, 1863. some length, but no decision was adopted, except to defer it till next As I am now enjoying for the first year.
time since my return to India, a Another important case received little comparative quiet, I feel dismuch scrious and anxious attention. posed to give, for the special edificaMedical certificates were submitted tion of yourself and some of my as to the state of Mrs. Taylor's many friends, a few personal rehealth, and the necessity for a collections of our journey from change of climate. The brethren, Calcutta to Cuttack. after a full consideration of the case, I need not, if I could, say how expressed their conviction of the often during that journey I wished necessity for her return home. It for one of your good honest English will involve a separation from her railroads with all its marvellous beloved husband, and such sepa- accommodations, instead of that rations are exceedingly painful, but miserable, jolting, tedious, expenthe grace of Christ is sufficient for sive, hearse-like-thing, a Palanquin, the exigencies of all who trust in where you are shut up to dire soliHim. A passage
bas been secured tude as though you were being for Mrs. Taylor, and the two child- carried alive to your grave by a ren, that the Lord has spared to set of black, yelling, screaming them, in the good ship ‘Malabar'- creatures, that a stranger might Captain Pope-advertised to sail fancy bad just emerged from the
most undesirable of all places. I 4th Feb., 1863.-The case was after all scarcely settled when this was written. The sighed and laughed in turn at their adversary did not yield without another grotesque wildness while my bones struggle. Attempts were made to hinder fairly ached with the sbaking they the carrying out of the judge's order, but gave me. At times, however, I did they did not succeed : and on Saturday manage to lose myself in reveries of evening last, about nine o'clock, Bainsee, the never-to-be-forgotten past-in his wife, and five children, were at our door. It was a most exciting and affecting revisits to places and scenes most scene, but I cannot now give details. likely never to be visited again
except on fancy's wing + Since writing the above I have seen in communion with loved ones and the papers that a Legislative Member of friends who have endeared them. the Governor General's Council has brought in a bill to empower the High Courts of the selves to my heart of hearts by several Presidencies to deal with questions of almost unnumbered acts of kindness divorce.
and affection. But anon some sudden
halt, changing of shoulders, chang | write their names in, with a column, ing of bearers, hoisting on board a not only for how long you stay, what ferry boat, clamouring for Bakshish you pay, &c., but for remarks and or something of the kind, recalled read “ Kit, i.e. the cook, a decent the mind to all the realities of one's fellow.” “Kit a lazy rascal.” “Kit degraded position. And then there a horrible scoundrel.”
“ Servants was the blazing torch emitting an negligent." Bungalow filthy." odour anything but agreeable, and “ Bed not fit to lie on." "Pigeons exhibiting in no very delicate view, fill the place with fleas," &c., &c. its semi-naked holder whois running, However, despite of all, you bathe, smoking, shouting, and grinning eat, rest, and feel refreshed and against your palkee door.
thankful that there are even dawk Morning dawns, for we have been bungalows. As the time for your travelling all the live-long night departure draws nigh you enter your and a good piece of the previous name in the book and pay a fee of afternoon, if not day, and if we have one rupee each for the use of the had good bearers all the way, a bungalow, settle with Kit for the great improbability, we find our. curry and rice and whatever you selves set down in front of a com- have had, make him and the other fortable hotel? Not a bit of it, but servants a present for their diligent in many instances a damp chilly attendance and attention, and predawk bungalow without a bit or drop pare for exit; while the bearers of anght to cheer you except you outside are binding up their loins have brought it with you. Such | by pulling and folding their long was the case when we were set cloths as tightly round them as down on Tuesday morning, at Midna- | possible, quarreling about which pore, after travelling in one form palkee they should carry, if there be or another for more than twenty more than one and one is lighter consecutive hours. I immediately than the other. Their language on ordered the cook, for a cook and one such occasions is altogether too or two other servants are kept at impure for transmission to paper, each of these bungalows to wait we therefore leave it to die in the upon travellers, to get us a little air, at least so far as we are con. breakfast which to consist cerned. Would that it could die mainly of a cup of tea and some there so far as its wretched utterers curry and rice. Away he runs and are concerned ! wrings the neck of an unfortunate Well, Tuesday night we travel on fowl, which he has knocked over and on till we are stopped at Danwith
a broom or anything he toon by a native moonsiff or judge, happened to lay his hands on first, whom I had known in Orissa. He tears off the skin and in no very had been up watching a good part scientific manner proceeds to dissect of the night, that he might make his it; and then there are the pounded salaam and assure me that he had turmeric, cayenne, mustard seed, cor- not forgotten me. This was pleasant. iander seed, sliced onions, garlic, &c., Well, on we go till we reach Jellamixed with ghee or oil, and all are sore, the end of the stage, but two stewed together, and in about three miles short of brother Hallam's hours breakfast is broughton the table house where we want to go. Therethe after patience and appetite are alike bearers set us down in the road and almost exhausted. Grumble? Why stoutly refused to stir another peg. of course you grumble, you would Promises, threatenings, and even be something super-human if you that magic word “bakshish” were did not, but you might as well of no avail, and we were obliged to grumble at the wind. Help your wait till fresh bearers could be got. self you cannot. Wile away your
Thankful were we to find ourselves time by looking over the book which seated at length by the side of our lies on the table, for travellers to warm-hearted fellow.labourers Mr.
Dawk Journey from Calcutta lo Cittack.
and Mrs. Hallam and zealous Miss | vain, and in due time reached the Crawford, who was the first in that crů of the stage. Here again there mission that returned to America were no bearers. There was, how. and came back to Orissa. All honor ever, a bungalow close by and off to the dear girl! I might say, Mr. we went to that with the assurance Hallam went from the neighbour, that it was unoccupied. While our hood of Cradley Heath when a lad palkees were being set down a to America ; that he well remembers warm-hearted honest looking Irishthe Sabbath-school, good old friend man, whom we had roused from his Cheatle and many others. The day slumbers, opened the door! I felt, passed very pleasantly in the society as may be supposed, taken aback. of these valued friends, but parting I say I, for Mrs. Stubbins and time came at length, and we parted Harriet were fast asleep and knew where we love to part, at the throne of nothing that was going on. I of grace.
told him what a pretty fix we were in, We had provided, as we thought, when he, by way of making the best of for a pleasant night's run to Bala- it, roused up his servant and ordered sore by laying a government dawk, him to ge a cup of coffee ready but were sadly mistaken ; for at the while we deliberated upon what was end of the very first stage we were best to be done. I need not trouble set down in the middle of the road you with what we said and what we with the delightful assurance that did; suffice it to say that nothing there was no relay of bearers ! could exceed the kindness of Mr. O. What could be done? I showed the Riley, and when he left in the mornpost office warrant that dawks had ing, he left behind him what probeen laid and the hire paid. I visions he had and his principal begged the bearers who had brought servant to wait upon us, with strict us to take us on the next stage; orders to get us whatever we wanted told them I would give them extra as long as we might have to stay. hire and “bakshish” beside; but About nine o'clock one set of bearers no, they were immoveable as a rock. came up, and I thought it best to go The night was cold. We therefore on with these and make provision had a fire made, kettle boiled and at the next stage for my fellow took a cup of tea from the top of our travellers. There I found all right, palkees. Meanwbile, I ascertained and so pushed on to Balasore, where that there were two sets of bearers Mrs. Stubbins and Harriet arrived sleeping in a house close to and some three hours after me. waiting for some sahibs who were Here we were most kindly wel. travelling from the south. I had comed by our dear friends Mr. and them roused up and offered all sorts Mrs. Miller, also as at Jellasore, of of rewards if they would take us on, the American Free Baptist Mission. telling them that if they should The day, so greatly abridged, was meet the other palkees they might sadly too short for all we had to see change with those bearers, &c. and say especially as we had to leave After between two and three hours early, the night's dawk being a very of consideration and talking, over long one. pros and cons they agreed, and then That night we had no mishap, but with some of the old bearers we arrived safely and as comfortably as started off again. Scarcely had we circumstances would permit, at got half through the stage when the Bariapore, where we were glad to palkees from the opposite direction find our old friend the Kitmutgar, appeared in sight. Our men shouted, who was there when we first went bawled, stormed, but all in vain; to India and long before. He talked the bearers woull not stop but a great deal about Lacey, Sutton, rushed by us with more than double and all the rest of our missionaries. their' usual speed On we went as He had provided for us most sumpall hope for our bearere was now tuously, and was most assiduous in
his attentions. He is the best christians who had come out to fellow I have ever met with at any welcome us. On we went, the bungalow where I have stayed, and bearers singing and bawling as seems to have the good word of loudly as they could, passing house every one.
after house and bazaar after bazaar, I should have mentioned that as
till we were affectionately welcomed morning dawned I threw open my by our dear old friends Mr. and Mrs. palkee door intending to get out Buckley and our new friend Miss and have a walk, but to my horror | Guignard. With this welcome to we passed close by a poor pilgrim the heart and home of my college who had evidently just died, and companion and oldest friend in the miserable mangy dogs were India, hungry, thirsty, and weary gnawing and tearing away we rest, thankful for the mercies though they were afraid of losing which have attended us during our
One such sight was long absence and many journeyings, enough before breakfast, so I threw and which have now brought us myself back in my palkee, scarcely back in health and safety to labour daring to look out again, and for Him whose we are and whom we earnestly prayed that the fearful hope to serve for ever. and murderous delusions of Jugger. nath might soon come to an end,
“ Praise God from whom all blessings flow." and the life-giving truths of Jesus be everywhere heard, believed, and
Before leaving the bungalow, a Mrs. Taylor and her children sailed lady and gentleman, whom we had from Calcutta in the “ Malabar previously known, came up with on February 24th.
Mr. Taylor their three sweet little children accompanied them as far as the looking as happy and healthy as “Sandheads,” and then returned could be desired. They were on to Calcutta in the Tug Steamer. their way from Cuttack to Calcutta. MISSIONARY SERVICES. -The Rev. Since then we have heard of the H. Wilkinson and the Secretary death of two of these darling ones, have been busily engaged during and the dangerous illness of the the past three months in attending third. Oh, how frail are our greatest Missionary meetings. Brethren Alle earthly treasures ! How important sop, of Whittlesea ; J. J. Goadby, to have treasure in heaven. Reader, of Leicester ; R. Kenny, of Burton; is yours there?
E. Stevenson, G. Hester, T. Wilshere, The next night all went on well and T. W. Marshall, · of Lough. till we reached Tangey, the last borough; and T. Yates, of Wirks. stage in our long and tedious journey. worth, have also rendered valuable I had been congratulating myself assistance. The meetings at Lei. that we should reach Cuttack by cester, Derby, Loughborough, seven o'clock, but so it was not to Coningsby, Wisbech, Long Sutton, be. There were no bearers ready. and March, and a few other places, I roused up the head of police and were of an unusually lively and sent off his men, constables if you encouraging character. like to call them so, in every direc
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. tion, and paced the road from 3.30 till day-break, hoping every moment to MR. BUCKLEY presents bis sincere be able to resume our journey, and thanks for the following books sent feeling mortified at such a break for gratuitous distribution in redown when comparatively within sponse to his appeal inserted in the sight of the goal. Instead of seven Observer for June last :it was past noon when we entered To Messrs. Wilkins and Ellis, for Cuttack, but it was peculiarly grati. two dozen of Immanuel the Chris. fying to meet some of the native | tian's Joy.
To Rey, J. C. Pike, for one of To Boston Juvenile Society, for Pike's Guide ; six of Pike's small Joseph Perry's writing box, conworks ; six of Nehemiah; twenty- tents, &c. And for Mary Ward, four of Put Asyde at Home; six bag, scissors, cotton-stand, &c. of Peggs' Orissa.
The warmest thanks of Mr. and Thanks are also heartily presented Mrs. Stubbins are also presented to for the following :
J. Heard, Esq., Nottingham, for To friends at North-street, Louth, two dozen of worsted jackets for
native preachers. for a box of useful articles. Ditto
To Mrs. Baldwin, Nottingham, for presents for Kartick and Kasuri. Ditto for Thoma, in
for valuable present of knives and cluding Green's Biblical and Theo pencils for native preachers. Sundry logical Dictionary.
presents for their wives and children.
Needles, thimbles, crochet needles, To Loughborough Wood - gate Sunday-school, for sundry presents
bodkins, &c., &c. Print for Chris
tians. for Mabini and Mary.
To Miss Granger, Nottingham, To presents from Mrs. Barwick, for sun bonnets, embroidery ready Nottingham, for the child that she traced, &c. supports.
To a number of kind friends at To presents from Miss Butler, for Long Sutton, Fleet, and Holbeach, Henrietta, Emily, Maria, and others. for boxes containing valuable prints
To the schools at Barton, Barles- for schools and native christians. tone, Bagworth, Bosworth, &c., for To Mrs. Kemp, of Nottingham, presents for Catherine Kirkman, for a parcel containing print for Samuel Deacon, and their child in native christians. the Berhampore Asylum.
March 2nd, 1863.
Foreign Letters Keceived. BERAAMPORE.-W. Hill, Feb. 17, 28. COTTACK.-I. Stabbins, Feb. 3, March 3. Camr, SALPORE.-J. Buckley, Jan. 22.
-G. Taylor, Feb. 3.
PIPLbE.-W. Miller, March 3.
| SERAMPORE.-G. Taylor, March 4.
From March 20th, to April 20th, 1863.
£ 8. d.
0 10 0 Public Collections 11 15 9 Mr. Ashford
0 10 Collected by Miss H. Cheatle,- Mr. George Cheatle
0 10 Mr. Councillor Atkin
1 1 0
0 10 0
0 5 0 Boys in Mr. Ewen's Academy
0 5 0 for Schools
1 5 0 Small Sums J. C. Woodhill, Esq....
1 0 0 Rev. G. Cheatle
0 5 0 Rev. J Harrison 1 0 0
13 9 6 W. Middlemore, Esq.
0 10 0 Collected by Miss E. Wright 0 15 0 W. Beaumont, Esq. ...
0 10 0
A Friend, for the support of a
0 10 0
2 10 0 Mrs. Southall, ditto
0 10 0
3 3 0 Mr. Findon
1 8 0 Mr. White
0 10 0 Mr. Chambers 0 10 0
33 1 3 0 10 0 Less expenses