^stance, when it again subsides and is succeeded by a low wooded tract of coun-tK ^ eas^ an extensiye sandbank stretches some distance. Inland to
is side is a good deal of cultivation, and large groves of palm trees, shelter some villages which lie about 4 miles south of Mag-way. ha ^ ^ o'clock we arrive off the end of an island to the west, which we a^e been running along for more than three hours. There are so many I. Islands and sandbanks islands and sandbanks that it is impossible to say 0A , . ' exactly where the western bank may lie. The line
k .s to west is now near, and they appear covered with jungle. The water 16 A nearly a mile wide, the channel lying near the eastern bank.
e halt at a village called Obho, a couple of miles below Mag-way.
The steamers are now obliged to stop at this place, a as the formation of sandbanks prevents their
reaching Mag-way. This is but a small village. The Bombay, Burma Company have a kutch factory here and also a salt godown. the bank is firm and pebbly, and the shore all along is gravel and sand Bank on a foundation of stone, and landing can be
kr effected in any place. There is an enclosure of
v oungs an(j pagodas on the bank about 150 yards square, and another to
Camping ground. east .a Httle smaller- Tllese would make
e r ' camping ground for a small force. Beyond the
age there is plenty of ground suitable for camping in dry weather.
**e leave Obho at 5-30 a.m. After steaming 3 miles, the western
i day ^st Nov Aniber bank rises out of the water to a considerable
?yo,1^from 0bh(* to Shi-byoo^ height and is covered with pagodas. It
" a " slopes on the northern side to the river bank,
a.m. ; arrive 3-45 whieh is low, and inclines gently to the water's
the east bank is a large pagoda with a gilded spire. It is built on a r ^ large platform on the top of a hill, and is called
3 Mya-thai won or Za-loon. This platform is in
j aPe like a pyramid and quite white, and the mass of gilded domes placed on and backed with bright and vivid green has a striking and magnificent
_ u*e hills to the west terminate in the village mentioned above, and are eeded by a low flat, which is lost in jungle covered distance.
j|e,ul North of this is Memboo, on the same bank
exi ' (west)aa succession of pagodas and villages that
ead for a couple of miles.ead for a couple of miles.