^ A Side Issue
liquor and become coated with it. In the dark they pick their way with equal skill and resolution. It is here amidst the difficulties of his own country that one comes to love and appreciate the Burmese pony. Little more than twelve hands in height, he will carry a strong man fifty miles in a day ; put into a four-wheeled cab, he will dash off with it, regardless of its burden of half a dozen occupants ; turned out to grass after a long day's march, he will cheerfully find himself his food, and accept with lively approval the ha ndful of bamboo leaves you may give him; of grooming he takes little ; and for sheer pluck, intelligence, vivacity, and an iron mouth he beats creation.
Presently we come upon the cart containing the advance baggage stuck deep in the mire and unable to proceed. It is not for any lack of spirit in the little beasts that are harnessed to it, for small though they are, scarcely bigger than big dogs, the cattle in this district are extremely well-bred, very handsome, and full of pluck and endurance. One of the little cattle is half buried in the slush, and his legs are entirely hidden. The yoke presses heavily upon his neck, and he is in sore straits. The cart is slowly unladen of