One of the most difficult of all offences to deal with-as has a.lso been found in India-is the crime of extortion in the name of Government, and of lying reports brought against those who have failed to satisfy the bla.ckmailers, to which I have already referred (pp. 135 and 252). The ignorant peasantry are easily misled, especially if the impostor is wearing part of a soldier's uniform. Even if aware of the illegality of the demand, they may regard it as a lesser evil than having to go long distances to compla.in, or to defend themselves against his charges, involving detention as witnesses when their crops demand their care. They fear the plausible lies of the accused, and his greater familiarity with the ways of the white man.