The Burman A an inveterate gambler; but he does not by any mean, .tand alone in this respect, for his neighbour the Chinaman is, if anything, worse. To a man of the Burman s temperament, the idea of acquiring money without having to work for it appeals most strongly, and his buoyant nature and good spirits keep him always in certain hope of achieving success, till he has gambled away all his possessions, and more. Then and 10 that thc Burman must be treated as a child in this respect, and some of hi. game.
The young monkeys in this photograph are playing that game of hoary antiquity, marbles ; but as often happens m the East they are playing it a step nearer to it, origin than in the West. Their marbles are in fact the seeds of the pe-bm, a species of palm very like the toddy-palm, but larger. With these for "commoneys,"
and some larger seeds for "taws," they play games so astonishingly like the ordinary marbles of our youth that the common ongin of both cannot be doubted.
Then there is a delightful game with the large brown seeds of the "gohnyin," a species of creeper with
an enormous seed-pod. This game might well be christened marble skittles, and find a home in the West.
When the seeds are all ranged against a wall, like diminutive skittles, no little skill is required to impart to
the one used as a missile the proper spin to enable it to do the greatest amount of mischief; and the fortunate
youth who excels m this can gain a reputation among his fellows not less secure than that of a famous curler or base-ball player.
, , aer*i8 an **cellent Picture o* Shan boy, playing "gohnyin hto" in Mrs. Leslie Milne, delightful book The Shans at Home.