THE HUSBANDS RETURN
and reported to their mistress what they had seen. The rich man's wife hastened down to the garden, and on looking upon her daughter, with difficulty refrained from weeping ; as she asked her who she was, she answered, " Madam, your servants are travellers, and are about to depart immediately." " Go not away from us," said the lady, " you shall be to us in the place of the daughter we have lost." So saying, she made them both return to the house with her, and gave them a pavilion to dwell in with a pinnacled roof.*
About this time the husband returned, and, on inquiring for his wife, was informed that she had perished in her house, which had been destroyed by fire. Restraining his tears, he chanced to enter the pavilion which his mother-in-law had built, where, seeing his wife, he exclaimed, " What do people mean by saying that my wife is dead, when here she is all the time ? " So he applied to the village judge, who, on the testimony of the complainant's mother-in-law, and many other persons, threw out the case. Being dissatisfied, he appealed to the governor of the district, who confirmed the previous decision. He then went to the King, who, not being much versed in the law, the nat's daughter, the guardian of the white umbrella, cried
A roof of several stages, rising one above another, the use of which is confined in Burma to religious edifices, palaces, and the houses of men of rank.A roof of several stages, rising one above another, the use of which is confined in Burma to religious edifices, palaces, and the houses of men of rank.