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WANDERINGS IN BURMA.
leather catches provided, otherwise he will probably awake in the morning at Pyinmana, to find he has been relieved of all his belongings, even to his watch and keys, from beneath his pillows ! ! (It is not so long ago, that a gentleman arrived in Rangoon in his sleeping suit, having been relieved of all his effects while in an uneasy sleep.) Taung is reached at the unearthly hour of 3 a.m., but as the traveller may wish to break his journey here, a short description of the place is given.
The town, which contains 17,517 inhabitants, is situated on the right bank of the Sittaung River, which rises in the hilly country north-east of Yamthin, and after a circuitous course of 350 miles, enters the sea at the head of the Gulf of Martaban.
From 1852 to 1885, when the upper province was annexed, it was a very strong military station, and had a large garrison, both of infantry and artillery ; but of late years the military station has been abolished, and the prosperity of the town has in consequence suffered. It is pleasantly situated at some distance from the Karen Hills to the east, and is a very healthy station.
A small square redoubt was constructed by the military authorities, about thirty years ago, on the angles of which, light guns were formerly mounted.
Most of the military buildings have been removed to more important posts in Upper Burma.
In the Karen hills to the east, most excellent coffee is grown, supplies of which have driven all other kinds from the market, at least in Burma. On the higher ranges, potatoes are found to do well, and English fruit trees have also been tried with some success.
History.aTaung was for many centuries the capital of an independent kingdom. The ancient capital was called Dwa-ya-wadi, and was built on the site of the present suburb of Myo-gyi. In 1510 a.d. Taung was founded, its classic name being K-t-ma-ti. The ruins of the walls are still visible, as well as those of the palace of Min-gyo-nyo, the founder of the dynasty. In 1610 a.d. Taung was captured by the King of Burma, and from thatHistory.a TaungA was for many centuries the capital of an independent kingdom. The ancient capital was called Dwa-ya-wadi, and was built on the site of the present suburb of Myo-gyi. In 1510 a.d. TaungA was founded, its classic name being KA -tA -ma-ti. The ruins of the walls are still visible, as well as those of the palace of Min-gyo-nyo, the founder of the dynasty. In 1610 a.d. TaungA was captured by the King of Burma, and from that