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FROIM EDINBURGH TO INDIA AND BURMAH
grey, and the moon rose beyond the Bay, and the club
lamps were lit, and the guns began to play-vivid flashes
of flame; and a roar round the fleet, straight in our
faces, and again far over to Elephanta, yellow flashes in
the violet twilight, and the Prince came ashore.
The cavalry and their lances at once follow his carriage;
they are silhouetted against the last of gold in the west,
flicker across the lamps of the Bundar, and rattle away
into the shadows of the streets. There is the noise of
many horses feet and harness, and the last of the guns
from the fleet. Then the night is quiet again and hot
as ever, and there's nothingleft of the glare and noise of
the day, only the glowing lamps on some of the buildings,
and the subdued hum of the talk of the moving thousands,
and the whispering sound of their bare feet in the dust.
The Eastern crowd is distinctly impressed and very
much compressed; they will now spend the rest of the
evening gazing at the Bombay public buildings that are
being lit all over with little oil lamps.
And this was but a small part of the day for us, the
best was to come in the damp, hot night.