* The Defiles
run alongside and the lascars plunge overboard into the river with a rope to make her fast, and the gangway planks are laid, Moung Bah will w^alk up gravely to the upper deck and enter into possession of his long-expected purchase. A period of further excitement will follow on his return home, when the fashionable garment will run the fire of domestic criticism, and the
loud praise of the village cronies. Business transacted under such conditions is laden with subtle charms for the Oriental. Time, the mere element of hours and minutes, is a thing of no account in a bountiful land, where there are no paupers and no poor law ; in a smiling land where it is always afternoon.
The deck of a cargo-boat is itself a microcosm of Burmese life. Down the centre there is the long
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