^ The Country
One great river, the Chindwin, remains to be mentioned. Comina down from the mountains that lie about the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy, it flows through the Hukong valley and under the Chin territories, through scenery of great beauty, till it enters the valley of the Irrawaddy and adds its quota to the volume of that great river.
The capitals of this country are Mandalay and
Rangoon ; the former located in the centre of Burma, where the widening valley leaves space for the growth of a nation; the latter at the mouth of the Irrawaddy, facing the sea. Mandalay stands for the old rgime, as the city of Shah Jehan in India stands for the glory of the Moguls. Rangoon, like Calcutta, is the outcome of British rule.
The nature of the country, of its ^landscape and. its