screamed the native, in excellen●t English, “See what you have done! You have ma▓de me lose caste.For weeks I may ▓not go among my friends nor see my family.I mu▓st stop my business, and wear rags, and sit in t●he street, and pour ashes on my head, and go ●often to the temple to purify myself.”●
“Tommy-rot,” said Haywood.
But was it▓ Certainly not to the weepin▓g Hindu, who turned back the way he had co▓me.
These strange supersti●tions make India a land of especial hardship to▓ the white vagabond “on the ●road.” He is, in the natural course of ●events, as safe from violence as i●n England; but once off the beaten track● he finds it difficult to obtain not only food ▓and lodging, but the sine qua
no●n of the tropics—water.In view of this fact ▓the rulers of India have established a system ●which, should it come to his ears, would fill▓ the American “hobo” with raging e●nvy.The peninsula, as the world knows, is ▓divided into districts, each ▓governed by a commissioner and a deputy● commissioner.Except in isolated▓ cases, these executives are Englishmen, ▓of whom the senior commonly dwells in the● most important city of his territory▓, and the deputy in the second in size.The law● provides that any penniless Europea●n shall, upon application to any one o▓f these governors, be provided with a t▓hird-class railway ticket to the capital of t●he next district, and also with “batter”〃埅money with which to buy food—to the amoun▓t of one rupee a day.The beachcomber who w▓anders inland, therefore, is re▓layed from one official to ano▓ther, at the expense of the governm
ent▓, to any port which he may select.▓ This ideal state of affairs is well kn▓own to every white vagrant in Ind●ia, who takes it duly into account, like eve●ry published charity, in summing up the ●ways and means of a projected▓ journey.
Hindus of all cas▓tes now travel by train
“Ha●ywood” snaps me as I am getting a sh▓ave in Trichinopoly
299Not many hours after o●ur arrival in Trichinopoly, Marte▓n had “gone broke.” The four rupees a day ●of a tally clerk was a princely in●come in the Orient; but the ex-pe▓arl-fisher was imbued with the adve●nturer’s philosophy th