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painted astern. Bullock-carts bump along the shore in
clouds of dust, and the bales come and go, and trade here
is still really picturesque; there are no ugly warehouses or
stores, and everything is open and above board--just, I
suppose, as trade went on in the days of Adam or Solomon.
Went to the railway station, we were obliged to do so.
We must leave the river to get down to Rangoon and
Western India, to catch our return P. O. from Bombay.
We have decided to return by the north of India, and not
by Ceylon, though we are drawn both ways. Ceylon route
by steamer all the way, seems so much easier for tired
travellers, than going overland in trains; but what would
friends at home say if we missed Benares, Agra, and Delhi.
A native stationmaster, in a perfunctory manner,
points out the kind of Ist class carriage we have to travel in.
It is not inviting, and we get back to the river, and make a
jotting of our steamer and the shore against the evening
sky, and the bullock-carts slowly stirring the dust into a
golden haze. ... Then we go to live on shore with friends
for a day or two.
I despair of making anything, in the meantime, of the
Arrakan Pagoda, and the great golden Buddha with the