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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 204.


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Government schools have been established at Miram Shah, Idak,
Hassu Khel, and Tappi.
Davangere Taluk.-North-western tdluk of Chitaldroog District,
Mysore, including the Harihar sub-tdluk, and lying between 14° 13′
and 14° 38′ N. and 75° 38′ and 76° 10′ E., with an area of 556 square
miles. The population in i go i was i og, i 2 r, compared with 94,565 m
18gi. There are three towns, DnVANGERE (population, 10,402), the
head-quarters, HARIHAR (5,783), and Malebennur (2,056) ; and 259
villages. The land revenue demand in 1903-4 was Rs. i,86,opo. The
Tungabhadra river runs along the western boundary, receiving the
Haridra from the south near Harihar. The south-west is bounded by
a chain of hills skirting the right bank of the Tungabhadra. Except
where a low range crosses from east of Mayakonda to Anaji, the tdluk
is a wide, unbroken plain, sloping down to Harihar and the river in the
north-west, on which the insignificant Bad hill makes a conspicuous
figure, while Uchchangidurga looms formidable on the north-east just
over the border. Black soil prevails in the west, and stony or
gravelly soil in the east, but these are often intermixed, together with
patches of red. The chief crops cultivated are jola, cotton, and rdgi.
Rice and sugar-cane are grown to a small extent near tanks. The tdluk
is noted for the manufacture of blankets, of which some of the finest
texture are valued as high as from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300.
Davangere Town.---Head-quarters of the tdluk of the same name
in Chitaldroog District, Mysore, situated in 14° 28′ N. and 75° 55′ E.,
on the Southern Mahratta Railway. Population (igoi), 10,402. It was
originally an obscure village, a suburb of Bettur. Haidar Ali gave it as
a jdgir to a Maratha chief named Apoji Ram, who encouraged mer-
chants to settle here. He died without heirs, but the place continued
to increase, being favoured by Tipu Sultan, and is now the most
populous town in the District. The merchants are principally Siva-
bhaktas or Lingayats. The most valuable trade is that with Walajapet
in North Arcot in the east, and with Nagar and Nagar in the west.
Areca-nuts and pepper from the latter are exchanged for goods from
Europe and China, and articles from the eastern islands imported
through Madras, as well as salt. Blankets made in the District are
sent to the Malnad. There is a large trade in cotton, and a cotton
ginning factory has been established by a European firm. Agents of
Bombay houses are stationed here for the purchase of oilseeds, &c.
The municipality dates from 1870. The receipts and expenditure
during the ten years ending 19or averaged Rs. 14,2oo and Rs. i2,6oo.
In 1903--4 they were Rs. 17,ooo and Rs. 29,000.
David, Fort St.--Historic fort in South Arcot District, Madras.
See FORT ST. DAVID.
Debar.--Lake in Udaipur State, Rajputana. See DIIEBAR LAKE.
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