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of its neighbourhood to the Burmese fortress at Martaban, and the power it gave the British garrison of defending the left bank of the Salwin from aggression. But military reasons have long since ceased to have any
weight in the councils of Moulmein ; the British frontier has advanced seven hundred miles since it was founded, from Martaban to the gates of China, and the last soldier has been withdrawn from its garrison.
The town is built at the foot of a ridge of hills, in an arm of the Salwin river. The large island of Bilu-Gyun faces it on the west. At its northern end the Gyaing and the Attaran meet the Salwin, and by their presence add to the great beauty of its environment. The actual town of houses strung along its main switchback street, and for several miles along the shore, is scarcely delectable. It is an amalgam of foreign races, many of whom are devoid of the charm of the natural people of the soil Not till
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