TO THE COURT OF AVA.
" With respect to plants, I was particularly fortunate in my researches ; having obtained, in the short space of four days, between three and four hundred new species. Respecting these it is not necessary to add more than I have already said, as an ample account of them will be given in another place.
" In our visit to the hills we saw very few wild animals. Of the larger, those said to exist are a small species of cow, called by the Burmans
Shat ; elephants, hogs, a few deer, tigers, leopards, and monkeys. The elephants appeared to be very numerous, and troublesome to the inhabitants. On the second night of our arrival, the village we were at was alarmed by a threatened incursion of these animals, and we were kept awake for several hours by the blowing of horns and the shouting and howling of the inhabitants, to frighten them away.
" The population of the hills appeared to be extremely scanty. We saw but two villages. The inhabitants spoke the Burman language, but were dressed in the costume of the Shans. There is, however, a wild race on the mountains, known to the Burmans under the name Danno, but we saw none of them."
Images of the Cochin Chinese Buddha.
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