Excerpt from Illustrated Guide to the South Indian Railway: Including the Mayavaram-Mutupet, and Peralam-Karaikkal, Railways
This work being equally intended for the use of those visiting India for the first time as for the assistance of the more permanent residents in the country, it has been considered advisable to supple ment the information usually given in railway guide books, by a brief account of the history, manners, and religions of the various peoples who have in habited the country traversed by the South Indian Railway. To extract the information from standard works of reference is a task which the ordinary plea sure seeker would hesitate to undertake, but it is obvious that, without some knowledge of these subjects, a tour in Southern India would for most persons be largely deprived of its interest. To avoid inﬂicting these details on the unwilling minority, they have, as far as possible, been dealt with in the Introduction, so that they can be readily skipped. The historical section has been compiled in the Agent's Office, but has had the advantage of revi sion by the Revd. Thomas Foulkes, the eminent antiquarian. The sections dealing with races, reli gions, and architecture have obligingly been contri buted by the same gentleman, while the articles on sport are due to the kindness of Sir Frederick Price, (whose name is a guarantee that the subject is authoritatively treated), and Mr. R. H. Morris. The remainder of the work has been com piled by the Company's officers of the Agent's and Traffic Departments.
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