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Given by R.W. Franklin, Indian Police.

Burma: 1920 – 1932

Microfilm No. 63

  1. ‘A Burma Bobby’ by A. Meer-Nemo (R.W. Franklin)
    • Joined Indian Police in 1920; chose Burma.
    • Mandalay for training. Posted to Taungdwingyi. Describes journey there by Irrawaddy Mail and Ferry steamers, past Pagan, Yenangyaung, Magwe, Minbu, and by road to Taungdwingyi – Describes bungalow. Various anecdotes. Describes structure of government. Transferred to Taunggyi in the Southern Shan States.
    • Describes the States, the Shans and Karens, and their history. The Was. Food, and customs connected with InlĂ© Lake dwellers. Elephants travelling by raft. Divisional Commissioners durbar described. Visit of Prince of Wales – Franklin responsible for policing the Wild Tribes Camp.
    • Amusing incidents at ceremonial occasions.
    • Sayings, metaphors and language, animals, names, nicknames and songs.
    • Shooting and guardian spirits
    • Games – including chinlon
    • Ponies and horses owned
    • Buddhist monk’s funeral.
    • Servants and household.
    • Pets kept – amusing and awkward incidents.
    • Historical miscellanea. Various crimes and criminals.
    • Life of police officer in Rangoon: description and anecdotes.
    • The Chinese in Rangoon – characteristics – gambling dens.