o+i The Defiles
termination of r their long and arduous passage through the territories of the First Defile.
Few signs of life greet the traveller between S e n b o and Tamangyi. An occasional boat or dugout, a thatched hut high up on the steep declivities, at the lower end some blue-coated Chinese Shan quarrying for stone, a rare pagoda ; such are the faint symptoms of man's dominion. For the rest, a startled otter on the rocks ; a white-headed fish-eagle with keen gaze intent on his prey ; a cormorant, poised on a stake, and drying his dripping wings with obtrusive philosophy ; a panther swimming hurriedly for life across the fast-flowing river ; the short, quick call of barking deer, or the sullen roar of a tiger making off up one of the leafy watercourses. All else is loneliness and solitude.
Leaving the hills, the river spreads out to ambitious dimensions, and flowing past the site of ancient Sampenago, receives before it reaches Bhamo the tributary waters of the Taping.
the second defile
A few miles belowT Bhamo, the Irrawaddy, leaving behind it a great mass of mountains, the loftiest peaks