I have some times been led to think that the characteristic principle in the taste of a people, will be found pervading the minutest features in their manners and customsaand that the Burmese, in their head-dress, offer an example. They dress their hair just as they build their Pagodas and Ziyats. They draw the whole of it into a large round knot, as I have said, in the centre of the head,aand above this is probably a smaller knot, forming the tie, and then twisting their small muslin tur-bands round the base, they so arrange the point or end of the cloth that, in certain positions of the head, it surmounts the whole like a spear, or the tee of the pagodas.
As " a little pot's soon hot" so a little ship is soon filled ; we are cleared and ready for sea ; but as though the adventures of this trip were never to end, we are now threatened with a fresh one. The authorities here have become suspicious that so small a vessel must have something more valuable to tempt her visits and carry away than logs of wood and bags of cutch and stick lac ! It appears that the exportation of silver in any shape (not excepting the Hon. Co.'s Roopees !) from Burmah is strictly forbidden ; so that all mercantile transactions are merely an exchange of commodities. For several days past it seems the " Flora," has been strictly watched (as the a John Hepburne' was before her), and we have now received a private intimation (from a government official !) that a war-boat, manned by forty hands, has been sent down to some convenient part or creek of the river (where vessels frequently anchor) below the town on the Dalla side to watch and seize us !
In consequence of this intimation there has been a furbishing and polishing up of arms on board the little " Flora" as though H. Majesty's narrow pendant fluttered from the mast head ; for having undergone the customary examination of searching, and obtained his port clearance, our Captain, like Barney O'Reardon, resolves not to be put out of his " north-east course" for any body.
Though like another Irish hero of anecdote " I am only a lodger"aand have no concerns with the affairs of the ship, I can't say I feel particularly comfortable under all this ! I love a little excitement as well as any one, but would much rather it came in the shape of some of Rajah Brook's troublesome subjects off Borneo, than in a dispute with the constituted authorities of a stateahowever arbitrary, and however unjust.
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