fisher boats sailing before the wind.
A Charcoal Drawing by the Author, from a Photograph.
THE BURMAN AT PLAY
IT is in his carved river-boat that the Burman is seen to the greatest advantage, and there is no object more picturesque on the Irrawaddy than the graceful paddy-boat with its high carved steering-chair, raised twelve or fifteen feet from the water, in which the steersman, dressed in gay-coloured pasoh, sits up aloft, grasping the tiller of the immense rudder-paddle in his hand, and looking out with intent gaze over the broad shining river for shallows and sandbanks. Lovely also is it to see these and smaller craft speeding before the wind, each with a single immense sail hanging from a bamboo yard 120 or 130 feet long. As a fleet of these boats pass up the river, with the sun shining on their vast bellying sheets, they look like colossal white seagulls skimming the blue waters. The management of the simple dug-out by a Burmese fisher-