)182 AMONG PAGODAS AND FAIR LADIES.
referred to the time of the Guptas, used during the two first centuries of the Christian era. There appears no good reason for concluding that these bricks were made at a later period than that during which similar letters were in use in India. It has been suggested that the bricks may have been made at Gay, and brought from thence. If so it would show an early communication between Upper Burma and Gangetic India. It is, however, more probable that workmen from India were brought to make the bricks, or to carve the forms used to stamp them."
Two hours after passing Tagaung, we came to a most enchanting little village called Tagine. It was quite one of the most picturesque of the many picturesque villages which we had passed. A great portion of it was built along the shore and the rest wandered, rather inconsequently, up the side of a charming little hillside, which was also decked by a bewitching company of pagodas. The whole was set in a framework of palms and bananas, and it possessed a foreground wThich would have delighted Tenniers. Crowds of villagers assembled along the banks, arrayed in every indescribable colour, talking, laughing, and gesticulating, some hurrying on to the steamer, others hastening off, while a few paddled about in native dugouts.
These dugouts resemble a small canoe, with aThese dugouts resemble a small canoe, with a