The 'Silken East v
in agitation. The river, though broad and majestic to the eye, is comparatively shallow in its northern reaches, and the navigable channel is narrow. This is made obvious when a bank of yellow pebbles tilts its back half-way across the stream, or a reef of grey-rocks stretches in sawlike outline across the ship's
course, narrowing the channel to a stream of deep water under the shelter of the opposite bank. Behind Myitkina, now fading into the blue distance, there tower up like 4 Breasts of Sheba " the twin peaks of Loi Lem and Loi Law, and behind these, again, there fade away into the empyrean the unexplored mountains of the north, upon which there is a gleam of snow.