o* The Defiles
the shores of the noblest of highways, the cargo-boats with huge flats in tow mean the advent of news, of gossip, and of trade ; things especially dear to the Burman woman's heart. Each week they leave Man-
dalay, the centre of all things to the Upper Burman mind, for the long voyage up the river to Bhamo, and they bring with them all that a Burman heart can desire, all that a Burman village cannot furnish, from tinned Swiss milk and potted salmon to silk and pearls.
The process is eminently simple. The cargo-boat, and at least one of her flats, are partitioned out into stalls which are let for the entire voyage, a matter of
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