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An English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah

AN ENGLISH GIRL'S FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF BURMAH.

BY BETH ELLIS.

"'TIS TRUE 'TIS STRANGE, BUT TRUTH IS ALWAYS STRANGE; STRANGER SOMETIMES THAN FICTION."

Wigan: R. PLATT, 17, WALLGATE.

London: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, HAMILTON, KENT & CO., LTD.

1899.

[Illustration: EASTWARD HO!

PASSING THROUGH THE SUEZ CANAL]

DEDICATED

TO

T. E.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

Eastward Ho! _Frontispiece_

TO FACE PAGE Elephant Moving Timber 32

Burmese Bullock Cart 84

Native Bazaar at Remyo 164

A Hpoongyi Kyaung 224

CONTENTS.

_Chapter_ _Page_

I. THE VOYAGE 1

II. RANGOON 28

III. THE ROAD TO MANDALAY 46

IV. THE JOURNEY TO THE HILLS 61

V. AN UP-COUNTRY STATION 87

VI. THE EUROPEAN INHABITANTS 103

VII. THE BURMESE 142

VIII. ENTERTAINING 168

IX. ADVENTURES 178

X. BEASTS AND REPTILES 192

XI. SPORT 217

XII. THE RETURN 238

INTRODUCTION.

_Towards the close of my visit to Burmah I was dining one night at a friend's house in Rangoon, when my neighbour, a noted member of the I. C. S. suddenly turned to me and asked me if it was my intention to write a book. At my prompt reply in the negative he seemed astonished, and asked, what then did I intend to do with my life? I had never looked at the matter in that light before, and felt depressed. It has always been my ambition to do at Rome as the Romans do, and if, as my questioner clearly intimated, it was the custom for every casual visitor to the Land of Pagodas either to write a book or to "do something with his life," my duty seemed clear. I had no desire at all to undertake either of the tasks, but as there was apparently no third course open to me, I decided to choose the safer of the two, and write a book. So far so good, but what to write about? I have considered the merits of innumerable subjects, from the exploits of the old Greek heroes to green Carnations, but each appears to have been appropriated by some earlier author. The only subject which, so far as I can discover, has never hitherto formed the theme of song or story, is Myself, and as that is a subject about which I ought to know more than most folks and which has always appeared to me to be intensely interesting, I have adopted it as the theme of this, my first plunge into Literature._


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