The Silken East ^
present highway, is an old royal canal cut by a bygone king of Pagan. It silted up and for centuries it
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remained unused, till in 1824 a great Mood came and cut a new passage through it.
This arm of the Chindwin now enters the Irrawaddy at an acute angle, and the land between is low. Hence, for some distance from the apex, the two rivers look as if they ran parallel to each other. From the bridge of a Chindwin boat, the funnels of the great steamers on the Irrawaddy can be seen racing over the level of the fields ; the town of Mingyan gleams on the far eastern shore ten miles away, and the farthest bank of