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[1r-part2]⟪8⟫[unknown fingerprint][fingerprint of Budhīmāna Bhoṭe][signature of Vṛṣa Bāhādura Thāpā][fingerprint of Māna Bahādura][signature of Māhāvīra Khatrī][signature of Jayanārāna Pādhyā Ḍhuṃgānā][signature of Jīvarāja Pādhyā]1साछी
Venerable Mahīndradala1 – 1
Written by Kamāne Bhoṭe, aged 18, a resident of Khālsā, Ḍaḍhuvā Ḍāḍā, Chāpaṭāra within [the confines of] Sāgācoka.
Āge: In accordance with my (mero jyū, lit. "my body") having been approved as a bond servant (bhoga bā̃dhā) by my father Vikmān Siṃ Bhoṭe after he took a loan of 37 mohararupaiyā̃s 50 paisās as the principal (sāvā) from PīraMahantaKulmān Giri, I willingly lived and worked in the house of the aforementioned creditor (sāhu) as a bond servant from the month of Phāguna of the year [...]3 . [While I was doing so], my elder half-brother, Budhimān Bhoṭe, beguiled me into running away in the month of Kārttika of the year [VS 19]60, and had me made a salaried employee (darmāhadāra) at the house of Rāmanātha Bhāṭa Rānā—the subedāra of the 10th Squad (paṭṭī) of -1- (i.e., Mahīndradala) palṭana—residing temporarily at Kāṭhe Siṃbu4 . Since I kept this matter a secret and caused harm to the creditor's work, and now that I have been caught, I agree that [an amount of] 34 mohararupaiyā̃s 80 paisās should be added to the principal, as calculated according to the law (ain), at the rate of 4 paisās per day as compensation for loss caused to the creditor's work for [a period of] 2 years and 5 months. Currently, I have no prospect [of being able] to pay this sum. Of the amount 34 mohararupaiyā̃s 80 paisās for the value of the daily work (nimeka), after subtracting a total of 12 mohararupaiyā̃s compensated by my elder brother—5 mohararupaiyā̃s in cash and 7 mohararupaiyā̃s as written in a written agreement (tamasuka) handed over to the creditor—there remains 22 mohararupaiyā̃s 80 paisās along with the principal 37 mohararupaiyā̃s 50 paisās, amounting to a total of 60 mohararupaiyā̃s 30 paisās, [in words,] sixty rupaiyās thirty paisās. [For this money,] I have agreed to remain, according to the rule (sāvikbamojima), a bond servant in the house of the creditor. From now on I will remain throughout [all] eight praharas (i.e., around the clock) in the house of the creditor and work [for him]. In case I fail to do so, or cause loss to the [creditor's] work by running away, catch me and take the daily fine according to the law. Set me free on the day I pay off the aforementioned amount of 60 mohararupaiyā̃s 30 paisās. I will not file any [future] complaint. I have willingly written this deed—[wherein I] declare the witnesses [mentioned] in the margin as valid, assign the aforementioned Budhimān as bondsman (jīu jamānī), and [accept] the addition of the daily [amount] for the loss in work I caused earlier—and have handed it over to the creditor.
Wednesday, the 6th solar day (gate) of Vaisākha in the [Vikrama] era year 1963 (1906 CE).
[fingerprint of Budhimān Bhoṭe]
[signature of Vṛṣa Bāhādura Thāpā]
[fingerprint of Māna Bahādura]
[signature of Māhāvīra Khatrī]
[signature of Jayanārāna Pādhyā Ḍhuṃgānā]
[signature of Jīvarāja Pādhyā]
Budhimān Bhoṭe, resident of the same Chāpaṭāra, I who willingly stand as bondsman and have signed, stating: "If my half-brother Kamāne Bhoṭe, the bond servant, runs away, I will capture him and present him back to you. If I fail to do so, I will stay as bond servant in his place." - 1
Pu. Go Squad 8 Ka. Vṛṣa Bāhādura Thāpā [of] Dolkhā, Phedā5 - 1
Ditto Squad 9 Mī. Māna Bahādura Thāpā [of] Tīlpuṃ - 1
Mahīndradala, Squad 10 Māhāvīra Khatrī [of] Sīpā Baḍahare - 1
Jayanārāna Pādhyā Ḍhuṃgānā aka Bhoṭu [of] Chālīṃ - 1
Scriber Jīvarāja Pādhyā [of] Bāneśvara - 1
Kamāne Bhoṭe was assigned as a bond servant by his father, Vikmān Siṃ Bhoṭe, in VS 1956 (see document K_0348_0040 for the original bond). However, the original debtor Vikmān Siṃ is not mentioned in this document and one can assume that he must have passed away during the gap of six years the two documents were written. If it is the case, this may also be considered as a case of debt inheritance.
The document stipulates that the bond servant Kamāne Bhoṭe is to pay a fine of four paisās per day for the period during which he had run away. This amount is in accordance with the Ain of 1854 (MA-KM 1854/80 §9) which states that daily nimyāka of a bond servant is one ānā (= 4 paisās) as long as the accumulated total of nimyāka is less than the original amount of money (thaili), in the case when a runaway bond servant is captured.