. The world's inhabitants; or, Mankind, animals, and plants; being a popular account of the races and nations of mankind, past and present, and the animals and plants inhabiting the great continents and principal islands. government found it advisable to guarantee to the native princes their right of adoption of heirs. Since then the chief events in India have been peaceful. British rule has not been able to Victoria ^^ert terrible famines, which, indeed, have been possibly made Empress of more severe owing to the great increase of population under our more peaceful rule ; but much has been do

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. The world's inhabitants; or, Mankind, animals, and plants; being a popular account of the races and nations of mankind, past and present, and the animals and plants inhabiting the great continents and principal islands. government found it advisable to guarantee to the native princes their right of adoption of heirs. Since then the chief events in India have been peaceful. British rule has not been able to Victoria ^^ert terrible famines, which, indeed, have been possibly made Empress of more severe owing to the great increase of population under our more peaceful rule ; but much has been do Stock Photo
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. The world's inhabitants; or, Mankind, animals, and plants; being a popular account of the races and nations of mankind, past and present, and the animals and plants inhabiting the great continents and principal islands. government found it advisable to guarantee to the native princes their right of adoption of heirs. Since then the chief events in India have been peaceful. British rule has not been able to Victoria ^^ert terrible famines, which, indeed, have been possibly made Empress of more severe owing to the great increase of population under our more peaceful rule ; but much has been done by irrigation to avert them, and, by exceptional measures of relief, to mitigate them. The visit of the Prince of Wales, in 1875-6, stimulated loyalty to the British throne, his engaging manners rendering him very popular. The result of the history of India is, to establish it under Britishadministration; twelve large provinces being directly governed, and onehundred and fifty feudatory states more or less directed by British resi-dents. The vast population of two hundred and forty millions is composedof a great number of races, which Ave must now consider in detail, begin-ning with the less civilised. ^&^. WOMEN OF VARIOUS CASTES : MADRAS. CHAPTER III.CI)e Drabitrian ^^eoples; of hiM:i* Negroid tribes—The Nairs—Female succession—The Gonds—Their occupations—Their marri-age customs—Language and clothing—The Todas—Toda village organisation—The Kurum-bas—The Badagas—The Kotas—The Kandhs—Village organisations—The patriarch of thetribes--Kandh land system—Descent of property—Naming and marriage—Position of women—Kandh hospitality—Kandh airiculture—Drinking customs—British influence—The Oraontribes—People of Rajmahal hills—Tamil-speaking people—Coolies—The Telugu—Telugusoldiers—The Canarese—The Malayalim—The Coorgs or Kodagas. WE cannot have a better guide in treating ofthe varied populations of India than Sir W.W. Hunter

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