OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
also, we find a change of a cattle a awaiting usaelephants and ponies sent from Tonghoo in charge of a bombardier of Artillery athis being the limit to which, according to arrangements made, our establishments from Thyet Myo were to be brought. Now, as at Myola, the head men and villagers come with presents of fruit for the Chief, and to stare at us. The increase in temperature indicates that we have entered a new climate, for now comparatively light costume is all that is necessary.
We are now sufficiently out of the wood to dispense with our Burmese dahmen and guides. The former receive at the rate of half a rupee, or one shilling per head per day for the time they have been with us; the latter, wild, uncouth Karens, receiving each a rupee per dayaa sum which to them, complete savages as they are, must appear, as indeed it does to us, exorbitant. The elephant men and others, in addition to their regular pay, receive a buxes,a or a present. The old jemadar had, as a driver or mahout, been with his animal at the battle of Moodkee ; and finding that the Chief had taken part in that action, expected an extra sumaand got itaon account of the a coincidence.a To his request for a chit, or testimonial of character, however, His Excellency demursafor the small matter of unauthorised requisitions has yet to be talked about when the jemadar returns to Thyet Myo. But now comes the question, Is it right or not to offer a present to the native Burman who in the capacity of Assistant Commissioner has accompanied us so far ? Better not! He draws two hundred and fifty rupees of pay per month ; yet being, it is said, partial to champagne and other luxuries of civilization, the very natural result has followedahe is hard up.
28th.aOur PoniesaMenoo.aForest.aBen-bui-bin.a Pleasant Surprise.
Everything packed and ready for the start, we begin the march at daylight. Our animals are paraded for selectiona some of us preferring to continue our journey on elephants, others choosing the little Battery ponies. The names of the latter are somewhat peculiar, and not such as one is accustomed toEverything packed and ready for the start, we begin the march at daylight. Our animals are paraded for selectiona some of us preferring to continue our journey on elephants, others choosing the little Battery ponies. The names of the latter are somewhat peculiar, and not such as one is accustomed to