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one of the subjects which he took. Though altogether new to him, he prepared the subject, it is said, in a few weeks, studying the geological specimens, which were in the Government Museum at Egmore, spending there many hours. Mr. Michie Smith, Professor of Physical Science in the Christian College, afterwards in charge of the Kodaikanal Observatory, was so struck with the thoroughness of Subba Row's knowledge of the subject, as he found it during the viva voce examination, that he let him off with very few questions. Unfortunately for Subba Row, the office which ought to have been given to him was given to Varada Row, who took a lower place in the examination. This was a piece of injustice, of which Sir M. E. Grantduff's Government was guilty, and it was committed as a matter of favouritism to Varada Row's father, T. Rama Row, who was then a member of the Legislative Council and a friend of the Governor.

Rajah Sir T. Madhava Row thought so highly of Subba Row that he invited him to take service under the Gaekwar. Subba Row did so, but returned to Madras, passed the B.L. examination, and was admitted a Vakil of the High Court. Needless to say, his reputation at the Bar grew, and had he been spared long enough, he would have risen to the Bench, and discharged the functions of his high office in a way that would have brought credit to the acknowledged judicial capacity of Indians.