PREFATORY NOTE

For the chapter on History and Antiquities we are indebted to the scholarship of Major Haig and for the detailed account of Agriculture to Mr. D. Clouston. Several other gentleman have contributed articles concerning subjects on which they are expert and their kindness has been gratefully acknowledged in the course of the text. The riches of Sir Alfred Lyall's "Berar Gazetteer" of 1870 have been freely plundered and we have made frequent use of the Imperial Gazetteer of India both in the old and the new editions. We have also been particularly fortunate in receiving suggestions from a large number of friends, amongst whom we especially desire to record our thanks to Mr. F. G. Sly, Commissioner of Berar, the Hon'ble Rao Bahadur R. N. Mudholkar, to Mr. F. W. A. Prideaux and Lieut.-Colonel Mauduit, to Mr. C. G. Rogers, Mr. E. C. Rich, Mr. Sorabji Shapurji and Mr. Narayan Raghavendra. Mr. Clouston also wishes to mention the assistance rendered by Mr. V. R. Vairägkar of the Veterinary Department. Rai Bahadur Hira Läl, Assistant Superintendent of Gazetteers has, as in previous volumes of this series, been a great support, and excellent clerical work has been done by Messrs. G. Pydiah Naydu, R. G. Dämle and Mohammad Nurruddin. Of the illustrations some are from photographs specially taken for this volume, others from Originals kindly lent by Messrs. Williamson and Bartlett, Forest Officers in the Melghät and by Saiyid Azmat Husain, Khatib of Ellichpur.

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NOTE.—This Volume is complete in itself and can be used apart from Volume B which is a collection of administrative statistics.

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