The City of Dreadful Night V

With the Calcutta Police

(notes by David Page, drawing on the work of the ORG Editors)

First Publication

14th March, 1888 in the Pioneer, 14th March, 1888 in the Pioneer Mail, 17th March, 1888 in the Week’s News

Notes on the Text

[Verse heading] The two lines of verse are from “The City of Dreadful Night” by James Thomson (1834-82).

[Page 237, line 8] Dum-Dum is about 6 miles northeast of central Calcutta.

Barrackpore is about 12 miles north (upstream) of central Calcutta on the east bank of the Hugli.

[Page 237, line 16] Sealdah or Sialdiah, is an area just inside the Circular Canal due east of central Calcutta at the end of Bow Bazar Street. There is a railway station there for the Eastern Bengal State Railway.

[Page 237, line 17] Bow Bazar a street joining, and to the east of, Lal Bazar.

[Page 237, line 33] “Shall we gather at the River . . . ?” An American Evangelical Gospel hymn, one of the Sacred Songs (No. 1,000) by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908) (ORG). Words and music are also claimed for the Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899).

[Page 240, line 2] the Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith’s (1730-74) famous novel. (ORG)

[Page 240, line 7] Serampore the old Danish settlement on the West Bank of the Hugli, almost opposite Barrackpore. (ORG)

[Page 240, line 17] Bally presumably Ballygunge (or Baliganj) on the southeast corner of central Calcutta.

[Page 240, line 19] Chandernagore the old French settlement, 20 miles upstream on the east bank. (ORG)

[Page 240, line 29] Machua Bazar or Machooa Bazar Street lies just to the north of the Hugli bridge and runs parallel to Bow Bazar Street.

[Page 241, line 6] Burra Bazar and Jora Bagan Burra Bazar is on the northern side of Dalhousie Square, contiguous with Lal Bazar and Bow Bazar. Jora Bagan is on the north side of Burra Bazar.

[Page 241, line 13] Bamun Bustee lies in the southeast corner of central Calcutta, in the general area of Park Street, east of the Maidan.



[Page 241, line 28] brake an open flat-bed cart usually drawn by two horses. It could be fitted with bench seats for passengers.




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