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1868. Excerpt: ... THE TOWNS OF THE NOETH. The great railway
stations of India present a more lively scene than those of old
England, even as represented by Frith. The English elements are all
there; but it is to the mass of Hindus of all classes, from the
rajah to the pariah, that we are indebted for the most striking
features of a railway journey. The low natives, who seem to travel
in great numbers, crowd the platform--noisy, dirty, wondering:
driven on with difficulty to their right places by the "age jao "
(get along ) of the guard--one of the few, or at least the earliest
phrases with which that official becomes acquainted. Once in the
carriage, some of which are built in two stories so as to
accommodate a double number, the railway travellers, except those
of the upper class, who travel with the Europeans, are locked in
and kept in durance to the end of their journey, looking out of the
windows of their stifling prison at the sahibs or English gentlemen
refreshing themselves at the various stopping places on the route.
The railway station of Calcutta is at Howrah, which I have already
described as on the opposite bank of the Hooghly. From thence I
started for the northwest on a line of rail which is continued
without interruption to Delhi--1,017 miles from the capital. The
first town of interest upon this journey is Serampore, the scene of
the long labours of Carey, Marshman, and Ward, and Bo of the
first-fruits of the educational blessings which have elevated young
Bengal. After Serampore we pass Chandernagore, the old settlement
and hope of our rivals the French, and Burdwan--the birthplace of
Bammohun Roy. The last named place is also interesting from its
being the centre of the richest coal district in India, and as it
is only fifty miles distant from Calcutta, a...
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