men cannot but perceive that many evils will result from such a procedure. Even should the act be passed, it is wrong to give it a retrospective effect. An Act may be passed to make only such estates impartiable as are found from records to have never been partitioned before.
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A.G of 22nd December, says, that the police force in India is not an able force. Persons employed in the police must be educated, expert, truthful and benevolent. They must not be simply bent upon making money and eking out a livelihood. All persons employed in the police department down to the constable possess considerable authority. Very few of the higher appointments in this department are conferred upon natives. These are almost monopolised by Europeans. However clever and able a native may be, he is not given high appointments in this department and this is a great defect in the English administration of the country. It is a perfect contrast to the practice in vogue in the Native States, such as Mysore. Another drawback in the administration is that the police are required to do a good deal of clerical work, such as the filling up of forms. The paper suggests that a number of detectives should be attached to every station who should be paid liberally and relieved from much of their clerical work. These detectives should be under the control of a chief detective officer of the district to be appointed for the purpose. Every offence should be entered in the crime register and the police should not investigate any offence after its entry in the crime register. The police should have no power to apply for prosecution regarding complaints made to them. The practice of sending “reference charge sheets” to magistrates as regards “noncognisable cases” is not a good one. The police force must be strengthened, enlisting only able and educated men. For, when the police is unable to make out which members in the force itself are dishonest, how can it distinguish, the paper asks, the dishonest people from others, generally.
Detectives - The same paper writes thus : -- In the Indian Police force there are very few detectives who are able enough either to skillfully inquire into crimes or apprehend offenders. In the Madras Railway Police force there is a very intelligent detective officer, Mr. Papa Rao Naidu. He is an able, educated and expert officer. It would be well if several such officers are enlisted in the police and employed on detective duty. They should be paid liberally and raised to the rank of Super-