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FROM EDINBURGH TO INDIA AND BURMAH
of green thatch and palm leaves. A very brown Britisher
came out of his tent as we passed, his face half white with
soaplather, and his shirt sleeves rolled up; he did unintelligible
semaphore signalling with both arms, a razor in one hand,
paper in the other. He likewise spoke to us in words that
were barely audible for the sound of the rush of the water.
When we pieced together what each had heard, it came to
'~ what the blankety blank has come over your-tut tut-
down-stream cargo boat ? She was to bring me tea and sugar!
And I've no whiskey, and-" but there was a stiff turning
just at this part of the river, and the skipper and pilot and
everyone on board gave it all their attention, or we'd have
been ashore. Soon after we met the dilatory down-river
cargo boat, and waited where the channel was wide and she
passed, its master shouting to us that the channel some-
where further up was " only four feet six, and very difficult."
She had stranded somewhere for twenty-four hours or so.
There were apparently only two passengers on board! I
don't think these good days for passengers can last, the
crowd is bound to come.
Next small item in to-day's entertainment. An otter,
rather larger than any I've
seen at home, performed to
us on a sandbank, danced,
and rolled over its own
-------- shadow, or possibly a fish, in
~ apparent exuberance of spirit.
It was a very pretty sight through the glass, and I think I
could have got him with a rifle, but it was rather far to risk
afshot and wounding with my Browning's colt pistol--the
Woods and Forest man, by the way, had a Browning colt, and
rather fancied himself as a shot. He told me his terrier puts
up otters pretty often in the streams in the jungle, in family
parties, greatly to the amusement of the otters. So there's
another heading for a game book here; that might begin
with elephant and finish up with mouse-deer and button-
qauil. What a list of water-fowl there would be, and where