OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
fortunately time admits of no delay, and thus we are unable to identify by examination the many that hang around; we can only conjecture what they really are.* Our advance is every here and there obstructed by prostrate stems, some lengthways in the ravine, others directly acrossamany of the latter, as well as those in the forest around, covered with ferns, moss, and orchids, for now we are in the sphere of the latter; masses of Loranthus literally weigh down the branches on which it has fixed itself. We quit the ravine, and strike into a forest path made passable for us by our pioneers, who literally axe the way for us. The path is precipitous and irregular; yet the docile animals on which we ride select each step with amazing care. Once again we descend into a creek, named Chung-Ma, along which we continue for some five miles. The banks on either side are less steep and high. For some time we have seen no living thing beyond our own establishment: now a speckled black and white member of the Sylviadce hops and chirps before us as we follow the windings of the creekanow stopping, now jerking onwards as we approach. We emerge from the watercourse, again by a narrow track to enter the forest. We come to an open spaceathe clearance evidently made by the hand of man ; we begin to feel relief at meeting with signs of humanity. But a little distance farther, and we come upon a garden of papaws and plantains, then upon a rice field, then a threshing-floor, and now upon a native clearing grain. He is the first we meet on the Tonghoo side of the Yomahs, and we, probably, the first Occidentals who have crossed his path; yet our advent disturbs not the even tenor of his way; he hardly deigns to look at us, does not rise to gaze, nor does he turn his head as we pass. A little more, and we are at Pyagone, situated in a comparatively open positionaa village near, cultivated fields around. Here we have the happiness to receive letters from those for whom we care; here,
* It is perhaps best to state in the form of a footnote that they probably include the following : viz., Entada purscetha, Cocculus endifblius, Toddalia aculeata, Acmia tomentosa, Phoberos Qautueri, etc. We identify among them the Echites.* It is perhaps best to state in the form of a footnote that they probably include the following : viz., Entada purscetha, Cocculus endifblius, Toddalia aculeata, Acmia tomentosa, Phoberos Qautueri, etc. We identify among them the Echites.