Evidences of Witnesses; Taken Before the India Famine Commission, 1898 Volume 6
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... better classes amonst them, a certain number of course, would not go because under the term " weavers " there would be eertainly a great many grades, and they were not considered by the Lxecutive Committee to come under the term ."s-ufedposh." No attempt was made to relieve them in their trade?--Not from public money. The only attempt was a private one. What relief was given from private money?--The R17,000 that I speak of, Sir. They were mostly the weaver class, and cotton was given out to them, and they brought back the cloth and were paid by the piece. In what way did they defraud the missionaries?--Thcy were given good cotton and brought back bad, havin exchanged it in the bazar. I don't know all their tricks. I was not in charge of that work, but I know that they did in various ways deceive, and of course profited by it. The system was to give a certain amount of cotton and require the return in cloth?--Yes. These various shifts, did the result in large loss?--Yes, I think so, and resulted in work being stopped. The ladies felt they could not carry it on. There is a very large quantity of muslin lying in the Zenana Mission now. It is a very fine muslin. A lot was sent to the Mansion House. Mrs. Steel interested herself in it and disposed of it. Is common country cloth weaved now in Delhi by hand looms?--Yes, I think so. The class I am speaking of now do much finer work than that. Do you think it would be possible to organize a system of relieving weavers by making them weave common cloth and using that cloth for the Chauitable Relief Fund in gifts to poor people?--I don't know how far it would be ossible to organize it. The difliculties of supervision would be very great. (Mr. Holderness.)--In...
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