OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
of the oil used for the preservation of sardines, and the greater part of the very finest a Lucca a used at table. The fact is not generally remembered, that the hot uninviting place off which we are, was in reality the earliest British settlement in India. Yet such was the caseaour connection with Masulipatam dating from 1621.
25th.aCoconada.aBlack-headed Gull.aCalm.aA Transport
aA happy Christmas! a Such is the salutation each gives the other as for the first time to-day we meet on deck. There is bitter irony in the expression; we know there is, and we smile as we return the compliment: aThank you; the same to youamany happy returns.a We are at anchor off Coconada ; boats are coming towards us with more cargoaothers taking goods on shore. The sea all around is calm, the sky clear, clouds, such as they are, white and fleecy; the water is alive with fry ; gulls and sea-terns pursue and dive after their prey, or satiated, rest gracefully on the unrippled surface. Among them is one which attracts attention by its extreme beauty. It is the black-headed gull, the Kroikocephalus ichthycetusa a rare bird in this part of the world, although common enough in northern and central Asia. It is at once distinguished from all others by its black head, black band across its otherwise white tail, its back and wings light-grey, its bill red at the' base and yellow at the poiut. It seems to float in air, and draws from all on board expressions of admiration as we watch the grace of its movements. Everything indeed betokens perfect calm, only broken by the chatter of the boatmen, and occasionally by the wild note of the birds around us. Set here periodical hurricanes inundate the coast far inland, sweep away buildings, and carry destruction of life and property in all directions. In 1865, for example, thirty thousand persons are said to have lost their lives in the cyclone of that year.
We have anchored during flood-tide. By-and-by, theWe have anchored during flood-tide. By-and-by, the