Newspaper clippings, 1920’s India

The interests and daily life of diarists are reflected in their writings. Often, secondary materials they collect indicate their social milieu and focus of the day. This post contains transcriptions of four newspaper clippings that Clarence E. Blanc saved with his diary. They are from papers on the topic of India in the 1920’s.

Clipping 1

Famous Spot in India

The Vale of Kashmire is an elevated valley in the Himalayas, north of the Punjab, through which flows the river Jhelum. It is about 120 miles long and is famed for the beauty of its scenery and the charm of its climate. Its altitude varies from five thousand to seven thousand feet, and owing to its altitude and consequent coolness, it is visited during the hot months of summer. It is said that the natives of the Vale of Kashmir derive the peculiar pattern that marks all India shawls from the graceful curves of the River Jhelum as it meanders through the valley–Kansas City Times

Clipping 2

Company Notices

ZENITH ENGINEERING COL, LTD.
NOTICE
IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE THIRD Ordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of the above Company, will be held at the Registered Office of the Company, No. 29, Strand Road, Calcutta on Friday, the 15th October, 1920 at 3 p.m. for the purpose of receiving the Report of the Directors, passing the Audited Accounts for the period ended 31st March 1920 and to transact any other business that may be brought forward.
The Share Transfer Register of the Company will be closed from the 8th to 15th October, 1920, both days inclusive.
By Order of the Board
Linton Bros. & Co., Ld.
Managing Agents
29 Strand Road
Calcutta, 7th October, 1920 CM 18932

Clipping 3

Predicts Sahara Will Be Biggest Power Station

London- William H. Barker, eminent geographer, predicted before a body of scientists that the Sahara desert will become the greatest power station in the world through utilization of heat from sand Africa, he said, is destined to play a most important part in the world’s future. Frances “is anticipating making her Sudan territory into an Argentine for cattle and Egypt for cotton.”

Hard Road to Paradise

In the Mohammedan tradition the Al Sirat is an imaginary bridge between this world and the next. It extends over the abyss of hell, and must be passed by all that would reach the Modammedan paradise. It is very narrow, and has been likened by some writers to the thread of a famished spider, and by others to the edge of razor blade. In crossing, one’s speed is proportioned to one’s virtue. Some pass with the rapidity of lightning; others more slowly; while the wicked on account of the weight of their sins, are precipitated into the gulf below. –Kansas City Star.

Clipping 4

IDOL GUARDIANSHIP SUIT GOING 7 YEARS

British Tribunal Sends It Back to Indian Court

London- A seven-year lawsuit over the guardianship of a Hindu idol was among the curious suits brought before the judicial committee of the privy council (the final Supreme Court of Appeal of the British empire) and the committee, after weighing the evidence with due regard to Indian susceptibilities and the innate love of the Oriental for lengthy and involved judgments, succeeded in “passing the buck” rather neatly.
In a word, the tribunal ordered that the suit be re-tried in India and that the idol be legally represented by “a disinterested next friend, appointed by the Indian court,” who should endeavor to set forth the viewpont of the idol itself.

Large Sums Spent.

Large sums of money have already been expended in the legal fight for the idol, which arose from the provisions of the will of a wealthy Calcutta merchant, Mutty Lall Mullick, who died 80 years ago. Mutty had created three family gods: a male god — Sri Sri Budha Shamsunderji; a female god (or consort) — Sri Sri Radbarant, and a “Salgram Sila” (or holy stone) –Sri Sri Raj Rajiswar. These he bequeathed to his adopted son, who later placed them in a shrine.
When the legatee died the family gods were placed in the chrge of his three sons, each of whom was to be “Shebait,” or trustee, for one year, in succession. The arrangement worked smoothly until the death of the eldest son, whose trusteeship became vested in his heir. Then the second son, Pramatha Nath Mullick, built himself a magnificent new mansion and shrine and, during his term of trusteeship, he insisted on removing the male god to a shrine in his own garden.
This action was bitterly resented by his brother and nephew, who contended that it was contrary to his grandfather’s deed of dedication. The first Indian court to which the case was taken decided after a lengthy hearing that Pramatha Mullick was entitled to remove the god to his own shrine during the term of trusteeship, so long as he treated it with proper reverence and duly returned it to its orginial shrine at the completion of his “term of office.” The court of appeal, however, reversed this judment and laid down that the male and female gods might not be parted. They must be maintained in their original shrine.
Not satisfied, Pramath Mullick brought the suit through various stages to London, where the final judgment of “The British Raj” was sought. A great dossier of evidence, text books and authorities on the tangled romance of Indian mythology and idol worship was placed before the judicial committee of the privy council whach has just handed down its decision, in language flowery enough and sufficiently involved to delight the lawsuit-loving Hindu.

British Wisdom

Lord Shaw, of Dunfermline, famous Scottish jurist, delivering judgment on behalf of the privy council, said that it would be better in the interests of all concerned that the members of the family should be joined and a scheme formulated to regulate the worship of the idols. He accordingly ordered that the two previous decisions be set aside and the suit referred back to the High court at Fort William, Bengal, for a new trial in which “the idol should appear by disinterested next friend appointed by the Indian court.” Each party to pay its own costs in the two action in the Indian courts and the costs incurred before the privy council.
The decision will doubtless be hailed as incontestable proof of the wisdom and justice of the privy council by millions of Hindus, who have been following the progress of the suit with the utmost anxiety, as affecting their rights in the matter of idol worship.

(At the bottom of the rather lengthy article are two snippets)

Need of Popularity
Jud Tunkins says in order to be elected to office ‘most any man must have enough personal popularity to cause him to be forgiven for a few things.’ –Washington Star

When Speech is Silver
If a husband has the last word, it is something like this: “All right; buy the darned thing.” — Duluth Herald


Whoever among Clarence’s group took the time to read, cut out and preserve these clippings must have had at least a passing interest in their content. Materials like this provide us with context in which to view the author’s writings. Thanks for reading.

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