So far as I went south I believed it to he true; and I went down-stream beyond Monghyr and the tombs that look over the river."
"Thereafter I worked up-stream very slowly and lazily, and a little above Monghyr there came down a boatful of white-faces-- alive!
"The last time that I had my hand in a Mugger's mouth," said one of the Englishmen, stooping down (he was the man who had built the bridge), "it was when I was about five years old--coming down the river by boat to Monghyr. I was a Mutiny baby, as they call it.
Their homes ranged from Howrah of the railway people to abandoned cantonments like Monghyr
and Chunar; lost tea-gardens Shillong-way; villages where their fathers were large landholders in Oudh or the Deccan; Mission-stations a week from the nearest railway line; seaports a thousand miles south, facing the brazen Indian surf; and cinchona-plantations south of all.
Thereafter he was made a General and commanded at Monghyr
In a guesstimate of raw 1971 census figure arrived at by adding up the total population of the districts of Purnea, Saharsa, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Monghyr
(half) and Santhal Pargana (half), G.