-A The Chindwin
empire, but very near for all that to the core ot unrestricted savagery. And I remind myself that, if to-morrow the empire were toi withdraw its legions, the curtain of savagery would be instantly let down again.
Continuing from " Nancy Lee " the river runs on under the open glades of the forest, its course broken by sandbanks and grassy islands, till near Maulaikgyi it presents again the spectacle noticed at Mingin. The banks of the river disclose between them an island green with noble trees, and silvery with the plumes of kaing, round which, and under the broad barrier of blue peaks and mountains, the divided stream circles. Not very far from here there is a lake, where the rhinoceros is shot. It is a fever-stricken place, a haunt of the Chin, but carefully avoided by the Burman.
Kindat, the winter limit of the company's steamers, is the last British settlement on the Chindwin. Above this point Englishmen go as travellers, to inspect a military outpost, to supervise the construction of a road, to control the work of a native magistrate. But no Englishman lives north of Kindat. The vaguely defined frontier is still several hundred miles away ; but all that lies between is ruled by a native officer, or a feudatory prince, or it is not ruled at all. To the British official in Burma, accustomed to life in remote settlements, Kindat is the ultima Thule of official employment, and, if he goes there, it is either because he is young and must begin somewhere, or because he has offended and must be punished, or because it is cheap