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GUJARÁT AND THE GUJARÁTIS.

excellent use of it when he lists. Poverty has no sting for Adamji, nor riches au irresistible attraction. He is probably the shrewdest business man of the town; but in other relations of citizenship his simplicity is truly charming. It is guilelessness pure and simple.

But in one thing Adamji bin Didamji differs very materially from every other Gujaráti—he has absolutely no taste for politics. He is utterly callous as to the political management of the country. He has infinite faith in the Government, next only in intensity to his faith in the Mohla. The strongest political agitation in the country fails to strike a responsive chord in the heart. He is a lover of peace. He will put himself to any amount of inconvenience, he will sacrifice anything to secure peace. Peace to Adamji is a priceless blessing; and knowing that a discussion of political questions has a very disturbing tendency he will always refrain from politics. He neither hates nor loves politics; it is a question of stolid imperturbable indifference.

Such is Adamji bin Didamji; and whoever comes to know him well will agree that Adamji is, taking all in all, an exemplary man in every respect. As a son and pupil, as a brother or