The Silken East v
the wide thoroughfares, an ornament to the city. Yet the Chinaman of Rangoon is not quite an angel in disguise ; he is a man of many secret vices and one or two pronounced weaknesses. His leading clubs, modelled ostensibly on the lines of British institutions, cover a good deal of hard gambling; his secret societies are credited by rumour with some of the attributes of the Camorra ; and most of his gains are made from liquor and opium, for which he takes out a licence from the State.
The Burman, whose capital this is, is retreating more and more into the suburbs. With his philosophic habits, his indolent ways, his love of good things, and his spiritual yearnings, he is no rival to the thrifty Surati, the aboriginal Coringhi, and the strenuous Chinaman.