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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 9

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Nearby is this plaque. The string of initials after his name stands for Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India, and Indian Civil Service. That last may seem rather a comedown, but the ICS formed what the British were pleased to call the "steel frame" of their administration, and the letters still have a certain cachet. (See, for example, the last pictures in Myanmar 3: Colonial Houses in Mawlamyine.) According to David Gilmour's The Ruling Caste, Lady Butler told her husband's under secretary: "Mr. Lupton, never leave me in the room with Harcourt." Butler himself said that though he had been married for many years, he had not lived with his wife for more than a total of eight days. Butler was popular, however, with the British residents of Rangoon: after all, he liked horse racing.

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