The Silken East
Nearer Pegu the interest grows. Villages and monasteries line the banks, passengers embark and disembark, cocoanut palms and groups of trees break
waiting for the steamer
the monotony of the level rice-lands ; signs of the
harvest greet one on every hand ; the yellow grain
lies piled in great pyramids before the houses ; and
boat after boat, with carved stern and bellying sail, sweeps by.