OUB TRIP TO BURMAH.
bered that in 1825 a detachment marched from Pegu to this place, in order to check incursions being made from the stockade whose ruins we now see, thus harassing the rear of our army. 'No resistance being offered, however, the position was occupied on the 23rd of December. As we reach the old pagoda the Chief receives a petition. It is to the effect that the shrine be given back to the town. It is in contemplation to rearrange the limits of cantonments, and His Excellency much gratifies the deputation by whom the petition is presented, by assuring them that their request shall have his best attention. Here also for a time stood barracks for British troopsathe last who occupied them being men of the 84th regiment. The barracks have been removed; but on the slope monuments and mounds within a walled enclosure indicate the final resting-place of no small number of our countrymen. Yonder, upon the same ridge, are the barracks occupied by the sepoys. The men have served their period of three years at the station; they are about to return to their proper country, and their appearance bespeaks the necessity for the measure.
Shoay Gheen is in one respect a point of great importance. Between it and Esmok in Yunan a trade route extends, full of obstacles no doubt, yet made use of by the native traders. The district, of which the town is the provincial capital, is believed to be the chief habitat of one of the most to be dreaded of all poisonous snakesathe hamadryad, or ophiophagos elops. Fortunate it is that its propensities are cannibalistic, otherwise its numbers would render the district uninhabitable. As it is, terrible stories are told of its ferocity and deadliness ; and if but a tithe of them be correct, the keepers of the specimen in the reptile-house at the a Zoo a had better have a care of themselves.
Returning to the boats, we dine. The Chief has resolved to push on all night. The plans of the boatmen have so far been circumvented; they have been prevented from landing by policemen placed over each boat. Evening has not yet closed in, but the crowd has left the landing-place, and already men are busy demolishing the bamboo covered way through