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A Civil Servant in Burma by Herbert Thirkel White

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A CIVIL SERVANT IN BURMA

[Illustration: BUDDHA'S FOOT.]

A CIVIL SERVANT IN BURMA

BY SIR HERBERT THIRKELL WHITE, K.C.I.E.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON EDWARD ARNOLD 1913 (_All rights reserved_)

TO MY WIFE WHO SHARED MY LIFE IN BURMA FOR MORE THAN THIRTY-TWO YEARS

PREFACE

This is not a guide-book, or a history, or a study of manners and customs. It is a plain story of official life for more than thirty years. It does not compete with any of the books already written about Burma, except, perhaps, the monumental work of General Fytche. While pursuing as a rule a track of chronological order, I have not hesitated to wander into by-paths of dissertation and description. I could not write without attempting to give fragmentary impressions of the people and their character. As far as possible I have limited my narrative to events within my own knowledge; my judgments are based on my own observation.

I have to express my acknowledgments to the friends who have given me photographs to illustrate the book. My special thanks are due to Mr. A. Leeds, I.C.S. (retired), for a large number of characteristic and charming pictures.

H. T. W.

_September, 1913._

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. INTRODUCTORY: A RETROSPECT AND SOME COMPARISONS 1

II. EARLY YEARS AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS 16

III. THE FIRST SUBDIVISION: THE SECRETARIAT 36

IV. SOME ASPECTS OF BURMESE LIFE AND CHARACTER 55


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