Small village ,
Cbownee-ywa. Mebee-goo .
Route No. 24.
Authority.aW. Boxall, Esq., 1882.
This is one of the most important towns on the Irrawaddy.
Mr. Boxall arrived here in January, and endeavoured to hire carts to proceed with him all the way to Nyin-gyan. Finding this impossible, he hired carts to take him as far as Toung-tha, where he got carts without any trouble.
Leaving Myin-gyan the road takes a south-easterly direction to Yay-zee, two miles distant. The road is very bad, and would in the rains be almost impassable.
Small creek 60 yards wide, always fordable.
About a mile from Myin-gyan pass a small creek, about 60 yards wide, always fordable, the banks 15 feet high and steep. The country passed through is all cultivated.
Road bad and muddy ; mud sticky and dries very hard. The road lies through an open plain as far as can be seen. This is sparsely covered with scrub jungle. In the rains many places would be impassable for any number of carts. Yay-thit is a large village. The water is supplied from three wells, two nearly dry, the other apparently very old ; tlie water bad, and very little to be got.
Leaving Yay-thit pass at one mile a small village of about a dozen houses. From this point the road for about 2 miles is across cultivated land. The fields come close up to the road, which is narrow and in the wet weather must be heavy travelling. From this point it passes over very stony and undulating ground, and is so rough that a heavily laden cart would be in frequent danger of upsetting.
Nubbien is a very large village surrounded by a stockade made of thorny bushes. They could be easily set on fire, as they are very dry. The road goes on the outside of the village.
The water-supply is from a well outside the village. The water tastes brackish, owing no doubt to a sort of tank being close by, which at this time is half dry, and would probably be quite dry in March.
The road between Nubbien and this place passes over fields cultivated with cotton, til seed and maize, and is bad.
This village is on the bank of a small stream dry in February and never more than 2 feet deep ; its banks are steep and bottom sandy.
Crossing here you come to a place with several Paon-gyee kyoungs, and beyond there are some half dozen houses. The road again enters the same stream, and lies in its bed for about half a mile, and then reaches the first part of Toung-tha. The road up the bank is narrow and only sufficient for one cart.Crossing here you come to a place with several Paon-gyee kyoungs, and beyond there are some half dozen houses. The road again enters the same stream, and lies in its bed for about half a mile, and then reaches the first part of Toung-tha. The road up the bank is narrow and only sufficient for one cart.