The monies of the Governments while generally kept with the Shansi banks were also lent out to the native banks. The profits mostly went to the provincial officials, and in very few cases to the provincial Governments. In about 1890 the officials began to think that it would be a good stroke of work on their part if they could derive the full benefits of the use of the money which was left in their hands, sometimes for long periods before being dispatched to Peking. They thought that if they started banks more directly under their control than either the Shansi or native banks, the profits to themselves would be greater. Also they were aware of the impediments to starting any bank under purely official auspices, especially when they had to run counter to the interests of existing institutions. So they compromised by giving special official support to some existing bank or other, or helping some tool of theirs to start banks which would receive the full official support. A number of the so-called official or provincial banks were started in almost every province. They were not Government banks; they corresponded to the presidency banks in the Indian provincial capitals, without, however, the Government control, which the presidency banks submit to in India.