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FROMIEDINBURGH TO INDIA AND BURM;4H
of big game, though the chance of our seeing any was
remote as the jungle is dense and covers great areas.
A quarter of a mile across the exposed sand of the
river bed brought us to the canoes in which we were to
cross. Our elephant swam, or waded, across higher up.
We divided our party into two, and we crossed in the dug-
outs. These are graceful long canoes, cut from a teak tree
trunk, with a fine smooth surface and with a suggestion
about them of being easy to roll over; bamboos lashed
alongside steadied them, and allowed our Kachin and
Burman to walk along the side when poling. We made
use of a slack water on our side, and another behind a sandy
reed-covered island half-way across to make up our leeway.
Silvery fish were jumping, pursued by some larger fish, and
C. and I laid plans to try harling for them after the
Shannon or Namsen fashion. On the far side we got all
our baggage made fast to the sides of the pad--a sort
of mattress on the elephant's back--as it knelt on the
sllore, and on the top of the pad we stretched ourselves
and held on to the ropes as the elephant hec~ved up.
Quite a string of men tailed out behind us over the sands
with cartridge bags, and gun cases on their shoulders.
On the bank we found a Burman guide at a little village
beside a,small white pagoda. There were yellow-robed