We had not proceeded far on our walk when we came upon a herd of buffaloes, of which animal we had also been warned. Not being prepared for sport so rough as this, nor, as it would have turned out, so cockneyfied and expensive !awe thought it prudent to make a detour, but subsequently learnt we might have proceeded in safety, the buffaloes being, what are calledatame. I say this because the tameness of a Burmese like that of any other Indian buffaloe, towards Europeans, may be regarded with about the same degree of confidence which might be reposed in the docility of a sleeping alligator, or a gorged boa-constrictor ;avery trustworthy till return of consciousness and appetite ! I would trust them no further than I could fling the fattest by the tail !
My companions, however, failing to obtain any sport, the sun being fiercely hot, and a fine breeze blowing in favour of our sailing, we returned to the schooner, and at about 2 in the afternoon proceeded to sea.
After a fine run across the Gulf we, early next morning, made the low lands of Rangoon river, and the " Elephant"aa cluster of trees to which fancy has attached the form of that animal, and that serve as an important landmark to the entrance.
Having spoken so disparagingly of the appearance of Rangoon itself, let me acknowledge the beauty of that view of its principal feature, the Great or Golden Pagoda, (not seen from the town) obtained whilst passing up the river, which upon a fine day is indeed very effective. From the moment of sighting it, at a distance of several miles, (and after passing the large Syriam Pagoda at the junction of the Rangoon and Appoo rivers, it is the first object of interest which meets the eye of the traveller) when its graceful form is seen rising prominently from amidst dense and
elevated forest land, until a nearer approach adds the beauty of golden brightness to the effect, it does not fail to strike the eye as something grand and imposing.
As the town is approached the view of the great pagoda, gradually lost to sight, is exchanged for a nearer view of small pagodas, surrounded by clusters of huts, including several superior and picturesque-looking buildings with upper stories, which I understand are the residences of Poongees, or Burmese priests,athe priesthood and royalty alone being privileged to have dwellings so constructed.
A light craft (having parted with some of our cargo at Maulmain) and a fair wind made short work of our passage up the river, and at half past 4 in the afternoon we
came to an anchor off the townawhich is twenty-eight miles from the sea.