Field and Tuer, the Leadenhall Press : Simpkin, Marshall,
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2 6 BURMA AND THE BURMANS.
eight years, after paying all cost of administration,, civil and military. The people are easy to govern, and our yoke sits lightly on their shoulders. Considerably more than half the population live by agriculture, principally in growing rice, to meet the enormous export which has sprung up in Burma of late years.
The condition of this agricultural population is prosperous. Only about one-fifth are in debt at all, and very few of these are so involved that a good harvest will not clear off all they owe. A surprisingly large trade on steamers, boats, the railway, and on carts, is carried on and fostered by the construction of trunk and " feeder " roads and canals, and placing light-draught steamers on the lesser rivers wherever possible. But the fringes of the work before the Government in the way of inland communication are scarcely yet touched-A great deal remains to be done, and some generaL scheme should be decided on and prosecuted with, vigour.
The customs of the people differ hardly at all from those of the people of Upper Burma. TheThe customs of the people differ hardly at all from those of the people of Upper Burma. The