The Silken East v
and vow to accomplish a picture that will please you. He is always quite sure that he can do what is wanted, and that he can do it better than any of his contemporaries. And sometimes he will do it, and sometimes he will not (for the ardour cools) ; and nearly always you will have to wait a long time, and send him delicate reminders, before he will bring it ta completion.
Perhaps the best painter in Burma is Saya Chone
a picture show
of Mandalay. He has painted several pictures for me, and upon all of them he has inscribed in gold the cryptic symbol " No. 1." I believe that he means it to refer to the excellence of his work. But the last time I saw my friend in Mandalay, he was gloomy and dejected. His ardour did not equal mine for the production of a picture of the Let-dwin-Mingala, that beautiful festival of the Kings of Burma, which took place once a year, when they went out in the spring-time with a pair of