to the pagoda by King Tharrawaddy in 1840. After the second Burmese war, the English conceived the barbarous and shameful idea of removing it to Calcutta as a trophy ; but mercifully this vandalism was averted by the bell, in its transit, falling into the river at Rangoon. Numerous were the attempts made by English engineers to
the great bell at the golden pagoda.
raise the bell, but all to no purpose. There it remained safely reposing at the bottom of the river. After some years had elapsed, the Burmans tendered a request that they might have the sacred bell restored to them on the condition that they they could recover it. Their petition was granted with sneering amusement, the bare idea of a