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FROM THE OUTPOSTS.

THE LAST PLACE IN INDIA,

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WHEN my orders came to round the waist; and, best of stop & temporary gap at all, adorable Burmese babies, Victoria Point, I had only exact miniatures of

their been in Rangoon for a month, elders in their little white and was just beginning to shirts and bright-coloured silk grow familiar with its novel- lungyis, with their

their heads I had admired the ex- completely biseoted by the quisite dain tiness of the horizontal parting whioh Burmese women, contrasting separates the straight perwith the solid simplicity of pendioular fringe below from the men, and was growing the tight little

little top - knot more able to distinguish and finished off with flower to generalise roughly upon the above. A perfeot menagerie other main ingredients which of races, in fact, awaited filled its cosmopolitan streets further exploration, a cheerful and bazaars; the swarming teeming mass, shepherded by Chinese, a laok of pigtails in the big policemen from the the younger men compensated Punjab. Then I had watched for by the merciful rarity of the oarved, intricately rigged foot-binding in the younger paddy - boats and the eyewomen; the crowds of Coringhi painted sampans on the rushooolies, like bronze statues, ing river, and elephants who provide the manual juggling with teak logs in labour, just as China provides the Bombay - Burmah Corthe business ability, which the poration's yards at Dalla; I undisciplined, happy-go-luoky had penetrated the rustio Burman oannot be relied upon lanes of Kemmendine, where to supply himself; the coolie scores of brightly - painted women, walking like goddesses, varnished parasols lie drying in the reds and oranges of in the sun like immense India; the sprinkling of out- flower-bede. I had lost balls landish Shans and Chins and and found snakes and red ants Kaching; and the usual assort. in the Sensitive Plant on the ment of other races from the golf course at Mingaladon, and Indian Empire. Lastly, the I had lain in a punt under babies: totally naked, fat, Soandal Point on the Royal yellow Chinese babies; nearly Lakes, thinking of Magdalen blaok Coringhi babies, simply Tower beneath the shadow of dressed in a piece of string the most dominating objeot and a rupee, or a heart. in Rangoon, the vast golden shaped silver charm, worn spike of the Shwe Dagon.

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was at once boisterous and when a pressing job of paintoutting, I met him bound for ing and papering had to be his favourite pastime. I ob- finished hurriedly, his disapserved that he would find it pearanoe just on the verge freezingly cold. He reared of its completion was highly himself up and slapped his exasperating. After two days chest magnifioently

had passed he turned up again, “Is it cold, ye mane? Ah, apparently quite unoonsoious thon, look at me!”

of any sulpability. Accosted Thus adjured, I could see wrathfully, and asked curtly that he seemed to be wrapped what he meant by his deserin multiplieity of coats tion at such a moment, his which, if not warm, were explanation was forthooming certainly weighty.

without a shade of hesitation, He oaught my eye, laughed, and with engaging oandourand slapped his chest again. “Sare I couldn't come at

"Cold, how are ye? Sure all, and that's the truth; wasn't I'm jacketed to the heart like I walkin' out with th' Unan onion!”

employed, God help them!” Although

industrious To still further reproach worker, Brannigan is not al- and remonstranoe hurled at together free from tho defeat him with all the force of irriof dilatory methods, nor is tation and hope delayed, he he guiltless of making promises seemed to be wholly indifferent, and not fulfilling them, or of at least so far as expressing not finishing a job to the any sense of shame; but he scheduled time-transgressions listened docilely, and when the which, however irritating to onslaught abated he struok an his employers, hardly attitude in the middle of his peculiar to Irish workmen paint pots and brushes. alone. But he will frequently "Look a here!” His right begin a piece of work, and hand (with a lump of putty in either work very slowly or it) lifted itself as if in invocasuddenly disappear, leaving it tion to the ceiling, which was half done, perhaps for several still awaiting its second coat days. As he is impeccably of whitening—“I give ye me gober—to all intents and par- solemn worrd of honour this poses teetotaller - drink day, that I'll not forsake this oannot be held to 800ount room now if I was to be here for these disappearances. My for a thousand years till,” bis private opinion is that, when- hand dropped with a sounding over he has a rush of work, gmaok, thereby releasing the he tries to satisfy several lump of patty, which fell elients at the

same time, plump on his boot and stuok and ends, naturally, by inour- there—“till I put the qui-aytus ring the wrath of all. Once on it.

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WHEN my orders came to round the waist; and, best of stop a temporary gap at all, adorable Burmese babies, Viotoria Point, I had only exact miniatures of their been in Rangoon for a month, elders in their little white and was just beginning to shirts and bright-coloured silk grow familiar with its novel- lungyis, with their heads ties. I had admired the ex- completely biseoted by the quisite daintiness of the horizontal partivg whioh Barmese women, contrasting separates the straight perwith the solid simplicity of pendioular fringe below from the men, and was growing the tight little

top - knot more able to distinguish and finished off with flower to generalise rougbly upon the above. A perfoot menagerie other main ingredients which of races, in fact, awaited filled its cosmopolitan streets further exploration, a cheerful and bazaars; the swarming teeming mass, shepherded by Chinese, a lack of pigtails in the big policemen from the the younger men oompensated Panjab. Then I had watched for by the merciful rarity of the oarved, intricately rigged foot-binding in the younger paddy - boats and the eyewomen; the orowds of Coringhi painted sampans on the rushooolies, like bronze statues, ing river, and elephants who

provide the manual juggling with teak logs in labour, just as China provides the Bombay - Burmah Cor. the business ability, whioh the poration's yards at Dalla; I undisciplined, happy-go-luoky had penetrated the rustio Barman oannot be relied upon lanes of Kemmendine, where to supply himself; the coolie scores of brightly - painted women, walking like goddesses, varnished parasols lie drying in the reds and oranges of in the sun

like immense India; the sprinkling of out-flower-beds. I had lost balls landish Shans and Ching and and found snakes and red ants Kaohins; and the usual assort- in the sensitive Plant on the ment of other races from the golf course at Mingaladon, and Indian Empire. Lastly, the I had lain in a punt under babies: totally naked, fat, Soandal Point on the Royal yellow Chinese babies; nearly Lakes, thinking of Magdalen blaok Coringhi babies, simply Tower beneath the shadow of dressed in a piece of string the most dominating objeot and a ropee, or a heart. in Rangoon, the vast golden shaped silver charm, worn spike of the Shwe Dagon.

A few hours later I was river runs down from the steaming down the river in wolfram mines of Tavoy. the Sir Harvey Adamson. Be- Rocky wooded islands shim. hind 08

Shwe Dagon mered behind us, jungle-clad glowed through the dust and hills lay in a semioirole in haze; on our right stretched front, and the shore was the digmal alluvial plains of fringed with mud-flats and Lower Burma, intersected by dense mangrove swamps. & network of oreeks, through When the unwieldy lighters which the Irrawaddy Flotilla hoisted sail and lumbered away steamer makes its way from up the tide, and we turned to Rangoon to Henzadá and depart, a dense hot silenoe Bassein; on our left, the old fell over the steamy landscape. pagoda of Syriam, which had I know now what the anchor

Portuguese, the Dutoh, age of Treasure Island looked and the French come and go, like, and waited half-expectant and the British come and re. for the appalling cry of "Darby main, looked down on the M'Graw" to come quavering enormous tanks and refineries down over the green tops of of the Burma Oil Company, the trees. whose pipe-line ends here. Tbe day after we orept up Later on I was to see from the the tortuous obandel to Mergui, Irrawaddy steamer, on my way aided by the white sailing-mark up to Sagaing and Mandalay, on the roof of the Deputy Com. the close-paoked forest of der- missioner's bangalow, and ricks on the oil-field of Yenang. landed in bobbing sampaps. yaung, suggesting &

suggesting a new The town is hot and shut-in: philosophy of life to the its most notable produots are desolate remains of all that rubber, pearls, pearl - blisters, time and Kubla Khan have and edible birds'-nests. These left standing of the thirteen last are produoed, one is told, thousand pagodas of Pagān, a from the salivary gland of a few miles away ap the river. Bea-swallow: one robbery in a

Once past Elephant Point season is made good; but if and the lightship, we headed a third nest is extorted, it is due south, pursued for hours said to be tragically tinged by the silt of lower Asia with blood. The Dests, which brought down by the Irra. look like opaque white gelawaddy, the Sittang, and the tine, are used to make a Salween: Lower Burma, too, is Chinese soup: a single nest the gift of a river. Faint on weighs, and is worth, the east ran the long ridges of rupee. Tenasserim, that thin coastal

It was happily arranged strip of Barma which finally that I need not wait three ends at my destination, Vio- weeks for the next Chinese toris Point.

steamer, but might proceed Next morning found us dis- by the D.C.'s launch Mercury, oharging into lighters in the in company with a wireless sweltering estuary where the expert, bent on mysterious

affairs of his own. While his

While his very much in the Morris stores were being shipped, I manner: “Morris On” and had time to explore Mergui “Beansetting were the two pretty thoroughly. I olimbed closest parallels that I reoogthe hill above the pier, and nised: I had seen very similar sacrificed the whiteness of my dances performed by criminal ootton olothes in ascending the tribes at Sholapur, near Poona. tall and tarry tower, which Finally, a hideous boy, with a carries & fixed vane and a slow bashful smile, did imitawind-gauge for the Telegraph tions of a cook, a cat-fight, a Department. I was rewarded coolie being beaten, and a by a wide view, and by the donkey-the last, both for discovery that the Govern- tone and volume, & perfeot ment contractor had fixed his masterpiece. At the close of north to point south, and the performance a few rupees his east to point west. Doubt- sent the troupe happily off to less when, fifty years hence, the get drunk on toddy. next tourist-minded traveller When I got back to Mergai has the energy

olimb I wandered about the little the tower, he will, if he is lanes, and watched some inobservant, make the same fantile Burmese orioket, and discovery.

a party of youths, tbiokly At the Club I fell in with tattooed, in the old-fashioned a fellow - Oxonian, wounded way, from waist to knee, and discharged from the playing ohinlon, the Burmese Army, and was invited to football, a skilful but purely oome out and see the rubber statio form of amusement. plantation, in whose rural Finally, I went and sat on the shades he was seeking a cure Mercury and looked through for shell - Bhook, A smiling glasses at the amphibious life Burmese olerk rushed me a of the sea front, & shore of dozen miles in a side-oar to mud fringed with riokety huts the “road - head”: and my on piles. The evening was friend transported me over cool and clear, and the phosthe three extra miles of phorus magnificent: the breakkacha” road in & light ing ripples edged the shore buggy. After tiffin he showed with a brilliant border of me the simple process of clear- smoky green

light. At ing, tapping, and latex-colleot- nightfall arrived some more ing: later in the day I saw at passengers-Maung Saw Sho the head faotory the final pro- Sbi, B.A., his wife, and her duotion of the orêpe rubber of ayah, The anchorage was oommeroe. When work was perfeotly calm, but within ten over, a dozen or so of the minutes one of the ladies had Madras coolies, with yellow proved the superiority of mind and soarlet flowers in their over matter by being violently long black hair and bells and loudly sea-sick. However, round their ankles, oame and I forgave her next day when danoed before the bungalow, we marooned the disconsolate

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