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178
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english
Zeitschrift:
Notes and Queries
DOI:
10.1093/nq/178.13.229g
Date:
March, 1940
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NOTES AND QUERIES.

Readers1 Queries
"DANNER YEARS—The note on 'Beau
•'-' Brummell at Eton and Oxford ' at ante
p. 185 contained the, to me, curiously incongruous sentence: " But 1790-91 were banner
years."
What exactly are banner years ? Is not the
expression an Americanism bearing some relationship to the involved and unfamiliar phenomena of athletic success in American university life ? Can it be said to be truly applicable to Eton in 1790-91, and, if so, in what
connection ?
ST. VINCENT THOTJBBIDGE.

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COLOMBO JOVBNAL.—Has any his••• tory of this journal been put together?
I should be glad to know the date when it
started, the names of its founder and editors,
and also the range of its circulation. Was
it, in the nineteenth century, read much outside Ceylon?
j ^ JJ_
PNGLISH
CIRCULATION OF INDIAN
u
PAPERS. — Could any reader of
' N. and Q.' inform me whether, at any time
during the nineteenth century, there were any
Indian papers which had any regular, however small, circulation in England ? Did
English editors of newspapers at that time
take any account of Indian newspapers for
their reports of Indian news or Indian
opinions?
JJ_ JJ_
DRINCESS AMELIA, DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE II. — This not altogether
amiable lady (who is not to be confused with
the much younger Princess Amelia, daughter
of George III) is very familiar to readers of
Horace Walpole's letters, and occurs in
various other contemporary writings. She is
perhaps hardly important enough to be subject of much more than annotation (there
seems no separate article on her in the
' D.N.B.'), but I should be glad to hear what
is the latest and best account of her.
N.
COWING BY HAND.—Could any country
^ reader inform me whether there is any
part of the British Isles where seed is still
sown by hand ? And is anyone acquainted with
an expert who can sow seed in this way? If
sowing by hand is practised at all, I should
be glad to know for what grain and on what
sort of land.
C. E. H.
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MABCH 30,

^THATCHING.—One hears that the art of
•*• thatching is gradually being lost, though
thatched cottages are still not so very uncommon, and, to the inexpert eye, the thatching seems good and serviceable. The word
seems to be late M.E. Was not thatching
an older device than that? - What is the
earliest mention, or picture, of a thatched
building? What is the earliest thatched
building now extant ? I do not know for how
many years a really good roof of thatch, with
average weather, might be expected to last.
C. E. H.
TIIMALAYAN
GLACIERS Can anyone
1J
- supply me with a list of the glaciers in
the Himalaya (including the Karakoram),
exceeding 20 miles in length, or give the
individual names of any with their location 1
The four longest as known to tie are the
Siachen, Hispar, Biafo and Baltoro Glaciers,
all of them in the Karakoram range in Kashmir. • I should also like to know the names
of those glaciers which are known to be either
receding or advancing at th© present day,
with their estimated average rates of retrogression or advancement if possible, and
explanation of the same either from local or
cosmic causes. There are, I believe, more
glaciers whioh have been receding than
advancing within recent years. During the
maximum phase of the glacial period in the
Northern Hemisphere many glaciers in the
Himalaya extended for 5000 ft. or more
below their lower limits at the present day,
unmistakable evidence of which I have seea
myself in the south-eastern Himalaya, notably in Sikkim.
WILLIAM HAaccmBT-BATH.

" OILOK " AND '• SIVOK."—Which of
^ these two words is the correct way of
spelling the name of the Rhinoceros in the
vernacular language of northern India, presumably Hindustani? " Silok," in science,
Terminalia pentaptera, is the name of a
gigantic tree which grows in the hotter subtropical valleys of the eastern Himalaya, i.e.,
the Rhinoceros-tree, on account of its bulky
proportions. In the same region, where the
Teesta river gorge terminates on its exit from
the mountains, we have the " Sivok La,"
the Rhinoceros Pass, whioh was much used
by these animals when they were more abundant than they are at the present day. Only
half a century ago, a shikari informed me
that their grunt could often be heard after
dusk in the immediate neighbourhood, though