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Ráo agreed to pay an indemnity for the losses caused by the inroads of his subjects, to suppress piracy, to give no shelter to outlaws; and to yield in perpetuity the fort of Anjar, the port of Túrea and adjacent villages, and to pay in perpetuity also an annual sum equal to 70,000 rupees. In return for this cession and payment the British Government agreed to reduce his country to obedience and to restore order within it. This last stipu- lation was carried out within a month. A few months later, in consideration of the great impoverishment of the country, caused by twenty years of turmoil and misrule, the British Government voluntarily remitted the whole of the military expenses it had incurred, and the annual sum which the Ráo had agreed to pay.

Yet scarcely had these terms been concluded when the Ráo returned to his evil ways. He murdered his cousin, the legitimate son of his uncle, the rightful heir, before himself, to the throne. He then began to levy troops for the purpose of assaulting Anjar; he attacked, too, one of the Wágur chiefs whose possessions were under the guarantee of the British, in order 'to show others,' as he openly avowed, 'the punishment which awaited those who depended for protection on the British Government.' His tyranny became at last so insupport— able that the principal Jháreja chiefs earnestly requested - the British Government to interfere.

There was no other course to pursue. The provisions of the treaty of 1816 were therefore declared to be suspended, and a force, under Sir William Grant Keir, marched into the country. A new arrangement was then made. The Ráo, whose intellect was greatly deranged, was deposed, and his son Daisul was appointed ruler in his place. As Ráo Daisul was a minor, a regency was formed of six members, one of whom, in compliance with the earnest request of the chiefs, was the British Resident. A British force was left in the country for its protection, to he reduced or withdrawn at the option of the British