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time of King Theebaw to A3,225,000 per annum. In the report of the administration of Burma for 1894-95 it is stated that the total number of vessels engaged in the sea-borne trade was 6335, and the total tonnage 3,975,148. The total value of the sea-borne trade is estimated at Rs. 22 2,242,542. Most of this trade passes through Rangoon, but large shipments of rice are made also from Akyab and Bassein, and of rice and teak timber from Maulmain.
The figures speak for themselves. But though Rangoon has become a prosperous British port, it has not ceased to be Burmese. The Shway Dagohn still dominates the city, and as long as the Burmese youths continue to pass through the portals of the kioungs into manhood, the conquered people will be Buddhist and Burmese to their hearts' core ; and for my part I do not wish it otherwise.
THE GREAT ROYAL LAKE AT RANGOON, WITH THE SHWAY DAGOHN IN THE DISTANCE.THE GREAT ROYAL LAKE AT RANGOON, WITH THE SHWAY DAGOHN IN THE DISTANCE.