INTRO D UCTOR Y
adventures to The Field and other sporting papers, until at last an editor of The Field said somewhere, that if ever game had existed in Burma it was no longer to be found.
There is no royal road to sporting; to be successful you must be plodding. In a new country learn the language and conciliate the people; and without a certain amount of health and strength you cannot cope with the difficulties inseparable from searching for big game; but adopt a few precautions, such as not sleeping on the ground, for which there is no excuse. Get one of Edgingtona s trestle-cots; ask for my pattern, as it is an improvement on the old, with a large waterproof cover, and two mosquito-curtains, one of fine muslin, to be used as a precaution against sandflies, and another of net for mosquitoes, together with a cork mattress to put inside, and a pneumatic pillow. Avoid chillsa if wet through, changea or, if you cana t, put on the thickest coat you have. Wear flannel,a be abstemious in your living,a at the same time, live well. If you have elephants, and are accustomed to drink beer, take a supply with you ; a bottle of Lager will hurt no man. If you cannot carry it about, take whisky, and use it as a corrective to water; avoid drinking water unless previously boiled. I here preach what I never practised, for I have drunk water little better than urine, from any pools or river, but it is not wise to do so. But thirst is far more unendurable than hunger, and a man with a parched throat does not consider what is good or bad. Indeed, I believe half the talk indulged in now-a-days of bacilli is nonsense. If they are so numerous as the learned say now, I ought to have died years and years ago. Then there are also to be considered the best seasons for sport, and the localities where to find it; these differ somewhat each year; the fires may have been earlier, and the rains also. If so, the new grass will have sprung up and the game will be leaving their strongholds in March; but if the fires are late and also the Chotabursat has been slight, the grass will not be fit for grazing until May. I have been out more or less every month, but to attempt to shoot during the height A f the monsoon is a misery in Lower Burma, and you get very little owing to the nature of the jungles, which are so