quarters of which are at Akyab, in January,
1900, being transferred from the Mandalay division, of which he was Officiating Commissioner. The son of General W. George Malcolm Strickland, late of the Madras Staff Corps, he was born at Secunderabadi fifty years ago, and received his education at Dulwich College. His first commission was in the West Suffolk Militia, but he was soon afterwards gazetted to the 1st Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, the old 39th. Subsequently he served for two years with the 2nd Battalion, and then joined the Queenas Own Bengal Light Infantry. He served through the war in Upper Burma in 1885 and 1886, and at the close of serious hostilities he was appointed Assistant Commissioner at Selina, in the Min-budi district. He has passed through the various grades of the service, and his administrative capacity has been recognised by Government by the bestowal upon him of the Victoria Order of the 4th Class. Lieut.-Colonel Strickland has always maintained his zeal in military matters, and for five years he was Commandant of the Upper Burma Volunteer Rifles. Neither has his enthusiasm for football abated, and he is even now one of the most valued of the Gymkhana Club team. Mrs. Strickland is a daughter of Mr.
S. B. Newton, M.I.C.E., consulting engineer to the India Railways.
LIEUT.-COLONEL EDWARD COPLESTON TOWNSEND, the Deputy Commissioner of the Arakan division, entered the Devonshire Regiment from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1883, and later was transferred to the India Staff Corps. In 1887 he was appointed to the Indian Civil Service in Burma as Assistant Commissioner of the Tharrawaddy division, and he has since held various civil offices. Lieut.-Colonel Townsend has a good knowledge of Chinese, and has passed the Chinese language examination. He is the son of Surgeon-General Townsend, C.B., I.M.S.
MR. CYRIL HOPWOOD has been Conservator of Forests for the Arakan division, the headquarters of which are at Akyab, since 1908. In 1901 he passed into the Forest Department from Cooperas Hill, to which he had proceeded from Bradfield College, and was appointed to the Thayetmyo district as an assistant conservator. Mr. Hopwood was successively employed in the Rangoon, Tharrawaddy, Toungoo, and Upper Chindwin districts before he received his present appointment.
HENRY MAI I LAND GOVAN has been secretary and engineer to the Akyab municipality since 1894. A son of Surgeon-General G. M.
Govan, M.D., I.M.S., Mr. Govan was born at Con Almora, India, and was educated at Rossall School and Edinburgh University. He then returned to Burma to take up a post in the uncovenanted civil service in 1887, and took part in one of the Upper Burma campaigns, where for some time he was engaged as a civil officer hunting down dacoits. Later on he transferred to the municipal service, and received his present appointment. In addition to his qualification as a fellow of the
H. M. GOVAN, SECRETARY TO THE MUNICIPALITY, AKYAB.
Chartered Institute of Secretaries, London, Mr. Govan has passed the Government Civil Service examinations in criminal, civil, revenue, law, and treasury accounts, and in the Burmese language, whilst he is also a certificated civil engineer. During the last year of its construction, the new Akyab waterworks scheme was under his sole charge. His wife is a daughter of Mr. J. C. Schmidt, grantee of the Mount Joy Estate, in the Akyab district.
MR. RAI PH AW has been Government Prosecutor in Akyab since 1905. He spent three years in England as a student at the Inns of Court, and was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1897, in which year he started his private practice in the town. Born in Akyab in 1872, Mr. Rai Phaw is the son of Mr. Kyaw Zan U, and successively passed through St. Xavieras College, Calcutta, and Rangoon College, before proceeding to England. He is a prominent figure in the local sporting circles, and his horses have had many successes on the race course. He takes a great interest also in both cricket and football. Mrs. Rai Phaw is a daughter of Mr. U Pha Thaw U, township officer of the Akyab district.
MR. E. KADIR MARACAN has been a municipal commissioner of Akyab and an honorary magistrate since 1906. He is also vice-president of the Arakan Anjumau-i-Islamia, and a member of the board of management of the Government High School, Akyab. In the town he carries on a considerable business as a stevedore, general merchant, and commission agent. In addition to a large launch, he is the owner of fifteen cargo boats of from 50 to 60 tons capacity each, and employs about a thousand hands. He holds an important contract from the Government for the supply of coal, of which he holds a stock of some 5,000 tons. His agents are Messrs. Thomas Brock e Co., 29, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, and Mr. A. J. Ismay, Stoke Newington, London. The business was founded by the late Mr. E. S. Maracan, the father of the present proprietor, who came to Akyab from Karikal, Pondicherry, about thirty years ago. He was a liberal contributor to various charities, and at his own expense constructed a lying-in hospital within the general hospital premises. He also built a handsome mosque, and an Anglo-Vernacular School for the education of Mahomedan boys, and was generally recognised as a leader among the Mahomedan community. For some years he was a municipal commissioner. At his death in 1906, Mr. E. Kadir Maracan was appointed administrator of his estate, which was valued at 3 lakhs of rupees, and the school built by his father was handed over to the municipality for supervision and management. It has now been incorporated with the local Government High School, and has the name of E. S. Maracanas Anglo-Vernacular School.
MR. TUN AUNG is one of the most widely-known men in the Akyab district. He has been invited to become a municipal commissioner, and has also been offered anMR. TUN AUNG is one of the most widely-known men in the Akyab district. He has been invited to become a municipal commissioner, and has also been offered an