^ The Chindwin
goldsmith's son, who was turned out of the state by the Saw-bwa, has come up with us to claim his right to live in his native village with the wife of his choice. Such are the matters of state that bring us in the Government yacht to Thaungdut, and, while we smile at the comedy, we remember that life is cheap in these localities.
The Saw-bwa is a person of some consequence in his own country. He claims that the history of his state began twenty-eight centuries ago, and that its first capital was a walled city in the days of Gautama, the Buddha. The blood of Anawrata the Great flows
"curving slowly through a dark forest"
in his veins, and the right of his ancestors to a palace and a throne was admitted by that monarch, and in more recent times confirmed by Mindon, King of ourma. A sumptuary law of that monarch lays down