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Cabul river, viz. the Cophenes, and which includes Yousoufzeis proper,
Prior to my drawing this article to a close, I deem it an interesting topic, to make an observation on the region of Tchêlas, situated on the eastern bank of the Indus, four days’ journey (more northward) from Pakhley and Dembor. This region is said to be highly remarkable for the number of ruined towns it contains. Although situated in the neighbourhood of the snowy chain, it may well have been the Taktchashilas of the Chinese Religious, a word which may be decomposed into tak', a throne, chah, a king, and shilas a corruption of Tchelas; and thus form a ground for a probable hypothesis, that the Greeks thence derived their Tawila. The inhabitants of Upper Suwat who repair to Tchêlas, cross the Indus at Goozer Chekhi, whence is visible on the eastern bank mount Mehoor, situated almost opposite the Cabool-Gheram ruins, which are discoverable on the contrary beach.
Higher up, on the upper branch of the Indus, lie the regions of Ghilghit, Ashoor, Goraei, Khélooman, and Balooman, formerly inhabited by the Caffers.
The ferry points of the Indus from Attok to the snowy ridge are the following: Attok, Bazar Hound, Monari, Pehoor, Notchy, Kabbel, Chetabha, Amb, Derbend, Chetterbahi, Mabera, Toohara, Marer, Didel, Kamatche, Behar, Pachetlehi, Guendoo, Mattial, Battera,
Jendial, and Manial, Kallehi, Palles-pattan, Pohoo-Goodje, Koonchir and Jalkoot.
ART IV.-Remarks upon the Rain and Drought of the last Eight Seasons in India. By the REv. R. EveREST, Landour.
In two former papers I endeavoured to trace the variations of the past seasons, as to drought and moisture, by means of the prices of corn, having assumed that the wettest years produced the most abundant harvest, and the driest the reverse. An examination of the subject shewed that the more extensively the averages of prices were taken, the greater approximation there was to a regular ascending and descending series, or curve, with recurrent periods of from six to ten years; thus leading to the belief, that, if the average of certain atmospherical phenomena over a surface sufficiently extensive could be taken, the result would exhibit recurrences nearly or altogether regular. I will now shew how far the Register of the different Rain Gauges corroborate or not this opinion. The following are the annual depths of Rain that have fallen in different parts of India during the last eight
31 Rain and Drought of the last Eight Seasons in India. [Arari,
Calcutta, Madras, Bombay, Dehli,
1831 58.78 40-30 99-64 -- - 1832 50°25 20:07 78-20 To obtain the average varia
1833 00:30 36'99 71°00 14:15 tion, let us take the maximum 1834 68-73 40-17 66'59 36-85 - 13.5 g.o.) 37.3, j ..., and minimum at each place, and 1839 45-66 47-59 87-99 33:00 divide the whole difference beto to 1937 to 1933 t th 1838 53°02 54°33 50-78 20:31 ween them into one thousand parts; then for the number itself substitute the proportional part of the difference. 1835 1837 Thus at Calcutta we have --- --- -- 85-50 43.66 1835 1837 These will by the proposed substitution become ... 1000 000
and the whole will stand thus:–
Calcutta. Madras. Bombay. Dehli. Average.
1831 362 295 769 - - 475 - 1832 158 000 441 -- 200 — It appears from this average 1833 400 246 452 137 309 that the minimum has recurred 1834 600 293 401 1000 573 - - - - - -
1835 1000 250 352 652 563 in five years, which is a period 1836 050 401 635 929. 504 somewhat shorter than we should
1837 ()00 425 376 000 200 1838 225 499 216 371 328 have been led to expect from
an examination of the prices of corn for many years back.
I have before stated, as one of the results of such an examination, that there was a more perfect recurrence at the end of fifty six years than at any other period. Thus comparing together different years with that interval between them, we have the following:—
Marim ; or years l ...... 1815...... 1822-23...... 1829...... 1835-36
of abundance. J ...... 1759...... 1767 ......... 1773 Minim: or years \ ......... 1819-20...... 1826......... 1832 of scarcity. ............ 1763 ...... 1770......... 1776
In searching for data to elucidate this part of the subject, I obtained sight of an old manuscript Register in the Surveyor General's Office, from which I was enabled to compare the annual amounts of rain for the last eight seasons with those fifty-six years before. The Register appears to be imperfect, and, unfortunately, to have been kept by an illiterate person. The daily entries begin towards the latter end of 1776, but, from a note we learn what had been the annual amount of rain both in that year, and in the year previous. I here subjoin them, and place by the side of each the depths registered 56 years afterwards,