THE QUESTION OF LABOUR.
that labour should he plentiful and cheap—Abundance offering in the
Wynaad—Timidity of the natives—Chinese immigration considered—The
system of imported labour— Local cultivators—The Korumbers—Principal
sources of supply —Canarese coolies from Mysore—The Moplahs—The Wuddurs
and Balkaras—Payment by advances described—Differences in the system on
various estates—Interest of the gold companies in the question—Proposed
help from Madrasse Eurasians— Peculiarities of the class—Need of
English miners as headmen —Arrangements of our staff—Necessity of
departmental system and reports.
essentials to success in gold-mining in this, or, indeed, in any
district, not the least important is the question of labour. There may
be gold on the reefs ; there may be water sufficient for driving power;
and ample timber for building and other purposes : but if there is no
labour procurable, or only such as is very costly, it would scarcely be
possible to mine with success. An inquiry as to labour facilities
should not, therefore, be overlooked in writing on this subject.
Whilst in the Wynaad, my serious attention was