^ This at first gives one the idea of a broad arrow. It is, however, in silape as shown below :
T^e Tha-bya-dan redoubt is built on a lowlying bit of the river bank, Its skould think would stand a fair chance of being swamped in the floods.
entrance is in the rear or north side, and is protected by a traverse. There ;es of paths leading over the ramparts, and I have seen the soldiers solfp ^ acrAss. There is no ditch and no armament. A small body of W ^ aPPears to be told off to each fort, and they and their families live in Win,- ^ Autside the wall. This redoubt can be approached by the land side g m a short distance under cover, but troops could land and run over it in Minutes.
Passing this our course lies still east, and we pass the rocky promontory SWay-jay-yet pagoda on situated the pagoda of Shway-kye-yet
Qy . * (Shway-jay-yet). This is covered with kyoungs,
lite smaller pagodas, and is, with the rock in rear of it, the only thing
^ ^dl between the Myit-ngay and Mandalay. The hill on the river is eortb kigh, and the other about 80 or 100. The bank winds a little
^ this and is covered with trees. Large sandbanks fill the riverbed Stoft* north, in which direction it turns after rounding the point of
Sbw C0Iirse lies alAng the left bank for about two miles east of
tbe ia?-jay-yet when the Tajaywa creek is reached. This creek flows north from of South of Amarapoora, and is deep. In December there was a depth hrj^? et of water in it at the only fordable place between the mouth and first lent??^' ^or an a(^valice on Mandalay by Amarapoora, this would be an excel-PAora aCe the dry weather. It is easy marching from hence to Amara-
the i ' there it is probable that some resistance would be encountered at are dj1 011 the Mandalay and Amarapoora embankments. All about here defen kyoungs and pagodas, and from the nature of the ground a stubborn r J^gkt be made. This is, however, treated more fully elsewhere, large sandbank extends nearly to the mouth of the Tajaywa creek fc^ST* nearly north-east. We run up along it and soon come to the begin-th Mandalay embankment. There is but little ground between it
thefe e Water. The distance between varies from 50 to 200 yards ; in places Out f0ray? Patches of water and swamp, where the earth has been taken so^e j e embankment. The bank generally appears pretty level, and in g^P aces smooth grass and clumps of trees give it a pleasant and pictur-eiltiely^earance- ^e earth the bank is pretty firm when dry, but being h in*?" wou^ ke sticky in the rains.
piAAa steamers lie in front of the custom-house nearly opposite the 1e81 af ^^at road, and here we came to an anchor on the 26th November c y a.M.