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WANDERINGS IN BURMA.
This honour was reserved for Bo-dau-pya, King of Burma, who reigned from 1781 to 1819 a.d.
In 1784 a.d. an invasion of Arakan was contemplated and carried out under the command of Ain-sh-min, the Crown Prince. The invading army was composed of four divisions. One dropped down to Minb, and proceeded across the Yomas by the Talak Pass. Two other divisions dropped down to Padaung, just below Prome, and crossed the Yomas by the Taungp Pass. The fourth division proceeded to Bassein, and after collecting a flotilla of serviceable boats and boatmen, proceeded by way of Cape Negrais, hugging the sea-shore to Sandoway, where it arrived about the middle of December. Advancing with the other columns, the city was invested and captured, after a feeble resistance, the King Maha Thamada, together with his wives, taking to flight. They were, however, overtaken and carried prisoners to Amarapura. The image was taken down and dragged by the victorious army over the Taungp Pass to Padaung, whence it was conveyed in triumph by boat, or raft, to the capital. In addition to the image, several bronze figures of Rakkhas, or Hindu demons and elephantsa one writh three headsawere also brought away, as they wrere supposed to be the guardians to the sanctuary. An enormous cannon, twenty-nine feet in length, was sent by water to Amarapura, where it now lies, buried in jungle, amid the ruins of the old city.
As already noticed, the magnificent shrine, which formerly protected the image, was burnt down in 1884, and the building of the new masonry edifice to replace the former one is now proceeding.
The elevation of the proposed structure, which has been approved by Mr. Hoyne Fox, of the Public Works Department, and the architect of the handsome public buildings in Rangoon, is hung up in a shed to the south-east of the central shrine.
The work is progressing rapidly, and already the immensely thick walls on which the whole enormous superstructure willThe work is progressing rapidly, and already the immensely thick walls on which the whole enormous superstructure will