The Silken East v.
And here I must point out that it is only after a stay in the hill country, amongst backward races, that the traveller can really appreciate the nature and extent of Burmese civilisation. Here, it was evident, were a people capable of living together in large communities
and in permanent homes. High up, where the curving Shwe-gyin seemed to melt away into the heart of the blue mountains, the gold bulb and spire of a large pagoda glittered in splendid outline over the dark tops of the trees. The massive walls and tapering roofs of numerous monasteries spoke to the same purpose. And on, crossing over, and entering the town itself,