fifteen days in the month at Tavoy and fifteen at M:ergui), all the
judicial work of the District is dome by the executive officers, assisted
at Tavoy by a bench of honorary', magistrates. The 'Tavoy township
judge is invested with Small Cause Court powers with respect to
suits of the: value of Rs: - 50 or less arising in Tavoy town. 1'he
crime of the District presents no ,special features.
The District was settled in ygo4-5. The following rates were
fixed for a term of fifteen years from July, rgo6: on ordinary rice
land, Rs. a. to Rs. 4-8 per acne ; on mayin rice land, R. r to
Rs. z ; on garden land, R. r to Ids. 5 ; on miscellaneous cultivation,
Rs. r-8 ; on dani palms, Rs. 3 to Rs. 4 ; and z anna:~ on each soli-
tary fruit tree. The rates on ordinary rice land have been fixed for
a term of only five years; at the ekpiration of that period the minimum
rate is to be reduced to r4 annas an acre, while the maximum rate
is to be raised to Rs. 6.
T he land revenue has been rising steadily during the past two
decades. The following table shows its growth as well as the growth
of the total revenue since r88o-r, in thousands of rupeta:-
~ ~BSo-t. iSgo-~. igoo-i. i
Land revenue . r,o8'I- r,3o z,o4 z,~6
'l'otal revenue . z,zi z,53 3~9~ 4~41
'The District cess fund had ark income of Rs. z4,8oo in rgo3-4,
chiefly derived from the cess on' land revenue ; and the main item
of expenditure was Rs. 5,00o de~boted to education. 1'nvov Towx
is the only municipality.
On Reef Island at the mouth ' of the T avoy river stands a light-
house, which consists of a masonry tower z5 feet high, painted white
and surmounted by a fixed dioptri~ white light, visible in clear weather
at a distance of rz miles. The lig~tthouse was completed in x883.
The District Superintendent is the only superior police officer.
Where are 6 police stations and L6 outposts ; and the force consists
of z inspecaors, 5 head constable$, z5 sergeants, and rqz constables.
The number of military police iy q6, of whom 64 are stationed at
Tavoy town, and the rest at Ye~yu and Myitta. The District jail
at 'Tavoy has accommodation for i3z male and 6 female prisoners.
The industries carried on in it' are carpentry, bamboo and cane-
work, mat and coir-rope making, tailoring, polishing, and a little
blacksmith's work. The out-turn', is sold to the public.
The proportion of persons ab',le to read and write in rgor was
r7•7 per cent. (3r•z males and 4•4 females). The standard of educa
tion is thus comparativély low fon Burma. The number of pupils in
the District schools was z,4g8 1M I880-I ; 3,772 in I8g0-I ; 5,r4q