Guide to Mussoorie 1908
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Guide to Mussoorie : with notes on adjacent districts and routes into the interior. Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh [India] : Mafasilite Printing Works, [1908?] By F. Bodycot
Notes: Includes [20] p. of advertisements. Description: 159 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 18 cm. Responsibility: compiled from various sources.
This is from a copy borrowed (in 2008) from the SUNY library in New Paltz, NY. There are 2 other copies listed: University of Oregon Library in Eugene, OR and University of Wisconsin in Madison WI http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/24042842
** Hathitrust now (in March 2013) has a full-text online copy of this book. See http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/781458029
Futhermore, Worldcat now lists three other copies, including one at the British Library, if you spell Mussoorrie with two r's http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/549182274

  • 11 chapters in 160+ pages
  • 12 illustrations (or photos)
    plus several full page ads,
    including for Woodstock, which shows a photo of the main 'high school' Woodstock building (when was that built? And before the Quad buildings?) Which says, on p. 12,
    "Organized 1852 Opened 1854 Established in present location 1856 Affiliated to the University of Allahabad 1901"
  • On page 16, in a continuation of a description of the journey to Mussoorie there is a description of the "traditions of the days of the duli dak"
    "The pleasures of a trip to Mussoorie by duli dak were enhanced by the torches and tom-toms which accompanied you, by night or by day, to scare off inquisitive wild elephants and other wandering and occasional ferocious fauna, who sometimes put a great deal of gratuitous excitement into your journey."
    It also writes about encounters with mast or mad elephants.
  • Chapter III. The Story of Mussoorie, starts on p. 23.
    p. 37 writes about "Mussoorie rapidly developed in the scholastic line. St. George's College, Manor House, was established in 1853 . . ."
    "The Convent School on the Waverly Hill has been long and favourably known as a first class educational institution for girls, as has also the Woodstock School above the Tihri road, Landour, working under the control of the Ladies' Board of Foreign Missions of the American Presbyterian Church."

  • Chapter V. Walks, Rides and Excursions (starting on p. 51)
    p. 60 describes Kempti Falls and the Jamna Bridge (another book I was reading says the name Kempti is because the falls were a popular place to camp and have tea, camp tea!) with an ad for the Rink on the opposite page. Somewhere else (p. 142, under Chapter XI. Mussoorie Institutions) there is a description of the development of the Rink. It says (p. 143)
    "In addition to the skating floor, which is one of the finest in the East, there is a large stage, and most public performances and entertainments by the Mussoorie Amateur Dramatic Club, and other amateurs, and by professions, are given here."
    Other falls and places are described. (nothing on an excursion to Nag Tiba)
  • Chapter VI. Landour (starting unnumbered p. 64)
    65 "Landour contains 78 private houses, and over 230 European residences"
  • Chapter XI. Mussoorie Institutions (starting p. 139)
    Clubs, The Library (141), Churches (145, including "the Presbyterian Church (Kellogg Memorial) in Landour."), Banks, Postal, Breweries, Masonry, Schools (147 on, including a paragraph on Woodstock p. 153. And also p. 155-56, "Woodlands School" "A Day and Boarding School for boys. The school, which had been in existence under a different name since 1898, was opened in its new premises in 1906, under the patronage of the Diocesan Board of Education. . . "), Hotels (158). (last text page is 159, with two end page ads)
  • I found the short description of the development of water supply for the East Indian Railway Schools, Oakgrove (Boys and Girls), p. 147 to be interesting - and the disruption caused by the April 1905 earthquake (have there been other major ones in the Mussoorie area?)

    The PDF of selected pages and photographs up on the web are searchable (put in Woodstock or Kellogg or Library), though it is quite large (10,000 kb) and therefore might take many minutes to load if you have a slow Internet connection.

    --Philip McEldowney (Originally: 2 July 2008, Charlottesville, Va) (Sligt updates: 2 March 2013)

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