William H. Seward's Travels around the World

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CHAPTER XIV.
ALLAHABAD AND JUBBULPOOR.

An Interesting Debate.--Earl Mayo, the Viceroy of India.--His Murder.--The Vindhya Mountains.--Industrial Activity of Jubbulpoor.--An Elephant Ride.--A Night Voyage on the Nerbudda.--Romantic and Beautiful Scenery.--Hindoo Tenderness for Animals.

Government House, Allahabad, April 6th.--We arrived at a late hour last night. The rest which was so needful was broken at dawn by martial music. A detachment was escorting the viceroy from the railway-station to Government House.

We have had the good fortune to hear a very interesting debate in the Legislative Council, over which he presides, and also of dining with him and the members of that distinguished body. The viceroy is on his way with his court to the summer capital of Simla, in the same lower range of the Himalayas from which we have just descended. He rests here to-night, and the day after to-morrow he will hold the great durbar at Lucknow. The invitations to us to witness it are earnest, but the entire press of India is warning us to leave the country before the intense heat comes on.

Earl Mayo1 has won our grateful regard by the studious care he

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On the 8th of May, 1872, this wise and benevolent statesman, able magistrate, and genial friend, received his death at the hands of a Mohammedan political prisoner, while on a tour of inspection of the penitentiary at Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands. Our excellent friend Lord Napier, as Governor of Madras, succeeded him as Viceroy of India, ad interim.

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