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BRITISH OR LOWER BURMA. 4J
other chief rivers of British Burma are the Sittang, Hline or Rangoon, Arakan, Beeling, Attaran, Gyne, Tavoy, and Tenasserim. The first is practically useless for purposes of navigation owing to the large and dangerous " bore " which runs up it M the rate of twelve miles an hour. The rest are of little value as means of communication.
The approximate area of the province, according to the most reliable statistics, is 88,566 square miles. Of this about 35,000 miles are cultivatable, but up to now only about 4000 are actually under cultivation.
The last census, taken in 1881, showed the population of British Burma to be 3,736,771 souls, an increase of thirty-six per cent, since 1872. Of this amount ir,86o are Europeans and Eurasians, 246,289 natives of India, and 12,962 Chinese, the remainder being Burmese, Talaings, and Karens, Chins, Toungthoos, Shans, and other hill men. The number of males is somewhat in excess of the femalesaa result chiefly due to the large number of immigrants from Upper Burma.
The religion of the vast majority of the peopleThe religion of the vast majority of the people