The Silken East v
great superiority of the iron-roofed monasteries over the humble tenements of the peasantry ; and the prominent house of the Chinaman, pushing his way to fortune.
crossing the creek
The Burman folk plough through the slush to the river's edge, the Chinaman makes for himself a wooden causeway. I note the signboard of the public house, here in the rural part of the country, with its symbols, a scarlet tumbler and a black bottle ; the police stations of yellow, loop-holed masonry, and the villages, each like a little ruddy-purple island in a vast wind-ruffled sea of green. Creek after creek leads inland to other centres of life, and vistas of shining palms and winding watercourses flash before my eyes.
Gradually the face of the landscape changes, the river