The Silken East
As long as the steamers run at full speed, the draft made by their movement keeps the enemy at bay ; but the grinding of the anchor chains is a signal for attack, and he invades in hordes. The slow-moving boats of the country fare worst ; but a night in the Panhlang creek is an experience that all travellers willingly avoid.
the great river. It is wide enough here, and splendid -enough, to rank by itself as a river of the world. No longer is it possible to shout across it from bank to bank. It loses much of its winding beauty, its hedges of giant grass, its avenues of stately forest. Its sweep is too wide to be compassed at a glance, or measured by the -eye. Immensity is now its chief characteristic. It trails away from one end of the misty horizon to the other ; it dominates the entire landscape, and conveys the impression of a world of waters.
yandoon to prome
Some time in the dawn, we pass up by Yandoon (rendezvous of all the boats that bear the I r r a waddy trade, and chief depot for the sale of stinking fish) into the main eastern branch of