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9*8. XL JAN. 10, 1903.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


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LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 1903.


CONTENTS. No. 263.

NOTES : Coronation Dvirbar, 21 Westminster Improve- ment,, 22 -Chinese Analogue of Jonson's ' Alchemist,' 23

"Jeer "Pen nsylvaniaii Dutch, 24 Shakespeariana :

' Merchant of Venice' Kilmany, 25 "Bezique" Mono- rail System "Sermon" : " Homily," 26 French Naval Memoirs Archband Roof Frederick Tennyson -'The Chimes,' 1845 The Crossing Sweeper, 27.

QUERIES -.-Author of Lines Wanted "Rutene "" Le grand peut-Stre" " Lesing "Sussex Clergy, 1607-26 'When the little drummer beats to bed " Duels of Clergymen Cartodis Sale of Prints Group in Biscuit Ware, 28 Danteiana Tucker- John Dryden, Surgeon Fenton Family, 29 " Cock - certainties " Banquo Claridge Leviathan Fireback dated 1610, 30.

REPLIES :-Coleridge's ' Christabel,' 30-Kieff, Kiev, Kiew Heuskarian Rarity, 31 Green an Unlucky Colour, 32 "Quite a few" "Birmingham's dress " Watchhouses against Bodysnatching Hangman Stones Mfilisanrle JEolian Harp, 33 " Popple" St. Katherine's Hospital, Regent's Park "To the nines " Oglander Family Crooked Usage, Chelsea Linguistic Curiosities, 34 Sweezing or Squeezing Watch Mixed Marriages Author and Avenger of Evil " Furlong," 35- "To eat cherries with princes " Knightley Charleton, 36 Black Fast- Piri Pictures, 38.

NOTES ON BOOKS : 'Encyclopaedia Britannica,' Supple- ment, Vol. VII. Axon's 'Treasury of Translations' Dodgson's ' Pierre d'Urte and the Bask Language ' Fry's Royal Guide to the London Charities 'Reviews and Magazines.

Notices to Correspondents.


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THE CORONATION DURBAR.

ALTHOUGH 'N.&Q.' usually takes no account of current events, it would seem fitting that a few words should be added to its Corona- tion notes, to place on record the great cele- bration at Delhi on the 1st inst, when Edward VII. was proclaimed Emperor of India. In the words of the King's message, the great Durbar was held "in order to afford an opportunity to all Indian princes, chiefs, and peoples, and to the officials of my Govern- ment, to commemorate this auspicious event." The day chosen was the twenty-fifth anni- versary of the proclamation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India. Since that date a country larger than France has been added to British India. To the Viceroy's Lord Curzon's invitation over one hundred rulers of separate states responded, and he truly said that " nowhere else in the world would such a spectacle be possible." These rulers govern populations amounting to sixty millions, and their territories extend over fifty-five degrees of longitude. The officers and soldiers present were drawn from a force in India of nearly 230,000 men, while the leaders of Indian society-, official and un- official, were the mouthpieces of 230,000,000


souls. A few of the princes presented may be mentioned. His Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad, G.C.S.I., G.C.B. (Hon.), the Pre- mier Prince of the Indian Empire, born August 18th, 1869, belongs to a family of the highest antiquity, and one that has always been distinguished for its loyalty to the British Empire. In 1887 he made an offer of a contribution of twenty lakhs annually for three years for the exclusive purpose of Indian frontier defence. The Maharaja of Mysore has a revenue of over a million sterling. The Gaekwar of Baroda, in December, 1881, when only eighteen, was invested with full power. The Maharaja of Travancore belongs to a Hindu family whose rule dates back to 352 A.D. ; he succeeded to the throne in 1885. The Maharaja of Gwalior, born October 20th, 1876, is an honorary colonel in the British army ; he went to China as orderly officer to General Gaselee in the recent campaign, and provided a hospital ship at his own expense. The Maharaja of Jaipoor was invested with full powers in September, 1882. In the admini- stration of the State he is assisted by ten members of council ; the capital, Jaipoor, has broad streets lit with gas, a free supply of water, a school of arts, a museum, and public gardens. The Maharaja of Kolapoor, born in 1874, has received a most careful English education. The Maharaja of Kashmir is a major-general, and succeeded to the title in 1885 ; he is grandson of the founder of the dynasty, Ghulab Sing, who negotiated a treaty with us in 1846 at the close of the first Sikh war, and afterwards stood by us during the Mutiny. The Maharaja of Bikanir is one of the heads of the Rathor family of Rajpoots, which is in the highest rank among Rajpoot clans. Born in 1879, he succeeded to the throne in 1887 ; he has received an excellent English education. The Maharaja of Idar is a colonel, and has visited this country at the times of the Jubilee, the Diamond Jubilee, and the Coronation. The Maharaja of Ulwar is descended from Pratap Sing, who founded the Ulwar dynasty in 1770. The Maharaja of Kuch Behar is a lieutenant- colonel ; his state is a small one, bordering on the British province of Bengal, and has belonged to his family for 390 years ; he was born October 4th, 1862. The Maharaja of Rewa is of an ancient Rajpoot line which dates back to 1057 ; his predecessor abolished suttee throughout his dominions in 1847 ; he was born in 1876. The Maharaja of Benares, Sir Prabhu Narayan Sing, belongs to a Brahman family whose traditions go back to 1000 A.D. The Maharao of Kotah belong*