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in two languages, a rush for the door ; and the dramatic interlude is over. But outside there are broken heads and faces streaming with blood, and mariners who wish they had kept out of a hornets' nest. Episodes of this kind, whether brought about by an invasion from without or a quarrel within, are not infrequent at the play in Burma. But they are episodes with little power to stay the declamations o f royal councillors and the posturings of tireless prima-donnas.
As the night wears on men move away from the play to other haunts. Outside the little houses that flank the more secluded streets there sit the painted demi-monde, the women of half the world, from Paris to Japan ; and they drift here by successive stages of decline, raking up here the very lees of life. There are other places, too, associated with the mid-
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