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and to Ye-gyan-zin we climb. The road is bad in places, running into and along the beds of streams ; but much of it lies through waving grasses and rich forest, bathed in the moonlight.
From the rest-house at Ye-gyan-zin one gets a glimpse into the true life of these wild and sparsely inhabited countries. There is scarcely a breath of air stirring, but the night is resonant with the cheep of crickets, and there is a wide view over hilly tracts to the blue outline of the Yoma and the white moonlit clouds beyond. A pony tethered here was carried off by a tiger a few days ago ; a Chin was killed in the early dawn as he went out to his fields. Night after night there is the same stillness ; the pageantry of the hours unfolds itself ; dawn and noon and evening follow incessant on each other s footsteps ; as they have done all through the incalculable years. Here is something of the romance of the primeval country ; wide spaces are visible from here, which no human being has yet brought under dominion.
looking down on the valley of the mahtoon