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Geographical Notes

Nature volume 31, pages 204205 | Download Citation



WE are glad to see that at last there is some probability of the almost unknown but certainly interesting country of Tibet being opened up to outsiders. We know the frequent but unsuccessful efforts which Prjevalsky and others have been recently making to penetrate to Lassa. But now the Times Calcutta correspondent informs us that the Regent of the Tashu Lama at Shigatze has sent a most cordial reply to the letter which Mr. Macaulay despatched to him from the frontier through the agency of the Governor of Kambajong, and has also addressed a letter to the Viceroy. With these letters, besides the silk scarves which ordinarily accompany Tibetan correspondence, the correspondent understands he has sent some relics of the late Tashu Lama himself, and has asked Mr. Macaulay to send him a Tibetan-English dictionary and phrase-book and some scientific instruments. This is the first official communication received from Tibet for about a hundred years. The correspondent suggests that the Government should put our relations on a firm footing by sending at once a friendly mission in connection with the identification which takes place this year of the infant in whom Tashu Lama is supposed to have been born again.

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