|This year I am
again constructing the weir and, should it withstand the rains, the next day shall Devi's
shrine rise". The construction of the weir was finished at a cost of 10,000 pagodas,
under the personal supervision of Mr. Place. The unusually heavy rains of the year soon
filled the reservoir to the brim. The local subordinates sent word to the Collector with
anxiety over possible breach of the bund. Mr. Place rushed to the place and camped at the
For two days, he could not stir
out due to incessant rains. On the third night when the rains had somewhat abated, Mr.
Place could not resist the temptation to visit the weir with his camp followers. Mr. Place
was naturally expecting to see a sorrowful sight at the point of the weir. But lo! What a
sight met his eyes! It was a heavenly sight, which would have made the great saints and
sages of India envious of Mr. Place.