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time. This makes a rush impossible. The upper story-is reached by a ladder and a drawbridge. It is loop-holed, and furnished with handcuffs and leg-irons and rows of daks. It is built on a knoll, half-surrounded by a stream which is crossed by a wooden bridge. A little way off, outside these entrenchments, is the palisade of huts in which live the wives and children of the guard. Across the road is their patch of Indian corn.
From here we go on over hill and dale till we come to Kyaukgyi. Behind me rides a Sikh trooper.
" The Sikh," h e complacently observes, "do great work for the Raj. They are brave men, ready to die ; but they are quiet, orderly, obedient, and quarrel with no one. The Pathan also is a fine man, but turbulent and passionate ; reckless in moments of anger."
Here are the two fundamental types of men. They have bravery in common ; in all else they differ as the ardent Celt from the sober Teuton. Both have found a foreign master, and here, three thousand miles away from their native homes in the plain-lands of the Manjha, and the highlands of Tirah, they fight side by side for the glory of the empire, and help to keep its peace.