o+i The Defiles
changes of their tragic character. The most callous cannot regard the fall of a nation without some sorrow, or the final extinction of a picturesque Court and of ancient institutions without regret. M Burma," in the words of the royal chronicler of China, " Burma, from the Han dynasty until our r . day, has existed for over
sevente^ hundred ^y ears, ^ ^ ^^^^^
hundred yards in width.
a 1 r i 1 kachin women
1 hat is the farthest knowledge of it possessed by the ordinary traveller. The men who live up there, the Englishmen who rule and fight in the wild border country, know it a little farther, as far up as and beyond the confluence, where the N'Maikha and N'Mlekha, its two main sources, unite. Beyond this point the Irrawaddy is unnavigable, and it has not yet been given to any man to say whence it