^ Above Pagan
the Wesleyan missionary and the skippers of the Chindwin. The town, whose marked prosperity has come to it only since the British annexation, can boast of a number of straight metalled roads ; a bazaar, where silks gleam and the Burmese maiden rules ; groups of airy pagodas, graceful in form, after the manner ot Pagan, though poor in detail ; carved monas- . teries, worth going
many are made beautiful by the presence of feathery tamarinds, masses of pink creepers, and yellow- blossomed
gourds. Of a morning its lanes fill with processional monks, whose yellow robes gleam in the vistas.
But the keynote to the character of Pakoku, and that which distinguishes it from its fellows, is struck where the shipwrights labour under leafy tamarinds for
some way to see ; and the little houses of the people, some of which are very neat and smart, while
squirrels at the prow of a boat