OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
A notable change appears in the physical character of the people. We are now among the red Karens and Shans. Their features are more decidedly Chinese than those of the races on the further side of the Yomah range; their dress is also distinctive. An improvement is observable in the breed of cattle about the villages, or employed in carrying loads. The breed of the ordinary draught ox is larger, the animals sleek and well cared for; the water buffalo (Bubalus ferus) gigantic in size, the horns of great length and spread, the skin well covered with hair.
Toung-gno-Goolay is the usual halting-place for travellers along our route. We skirt the village so named, and continue our journey to Yada-shay, some few miles farther on, so as to take off a little from our next long march. We reach our halting-place at 11.15, and find a great treat awaiting us. Major Heath has sent to the Chief a basket of vegetables from the Commissariat garden at Tonghooathe nature and variety of its contents such as would do credit to an English market garden. The basket is overhauled, duly admired, each one of its treasures examined in turn and disposed of in the way most natural for vegetables. They deserve to be enumerated : they include lettuce, cabbage, carrots, nool kool, beet, mint, cress, parsley, cucumber, potatoes, Karen potatoes (probably a kind of Dioscorea), tomatoes, onions, and chilli peppers. Not a bad show for the place and occasion.
Here for the first time we see, in all its beauty, one of the magnificent tree orchids for which Burmah is famous. A specimen of the Dendrobium gigans is brought to us, the pendulous clusters of lilac and white flowers of which diffuse their rich scent through the zyat in which we rest. With this exception all around is dreary enough. An uneven plain, ftow covered with paddy stubble, extends to a great distance 1n each direction; every here and there a marsh or pool, indicating that during the period of floods the tract is under Water. Even now it affords excellent shooting-ground, and
a favourite resort of sportsmen from Tonghoo; some of them are said to kill in the proper season thirty and thirty-fivea favourite resort of sportsmen from Tonghoo; some of them are said to kill in the proper season thirty and thirty-five