^ To Yenan-Gyaung
to the company all they produce, at the rate of 2 rupees 8 annas a hundred viss, and the company's selling price is 6 rupees for the same quantity. Capital and cool intellect have been busy these years amongst the ancient owners of the wells ; judicious loans have swept nearly all of them into the Capitalists' grip, and the Twin-sa, the hereditary " Well-Eater," trembles under his little finger, because he knows that his mortgages are overdue and foreclosure must crush him. He is glad enough to get the company's price for his oil.
" Wal," comes a lazy humorous voice, ''seems to me you have seen pretty near all thar is to see in this here God-forsaken place. Come away home now and have a drink. I guess there is some champagne going still of the stuff the old man sent along to drink success to our new four-hundred-bar'l well."
(2) THE LEGEND OF YENAN-GYAUNG
" Once upon a time," according to the story-teller, " the stinking water of Yenan-Gyaung was sweet, and of such fragrant odour, that all the world voyaged there to take away a little of it. For centuries the people came and went, the waters retained their magic property, and Kyaukka-Myo, as the old city was called, prospered by the influx of the strangers. Till one day, there came up the river a great king in a golden raft, with his queens and his courtiers and an army of eighty thousand men. And when they got near the city, seven