his own knowledge of shikar to beat up the game and to kill it. They have very good eyesight, and can generally spy out an animal before any European. They are handy in cutting up game and slinging it on to elephants, and are most useful in rigging UP temporary sheds, if required to do so. Tents are seldom taken in Lower Burma.
Good as are these men as pioneers, yet once on a wet, cold misty day, my guides lost their way, and we did not get back to camp for eighteen hours, and should not have got there then had not our men, like most of the Burmese, been able to guide themselves by the stars. We started at 6 a.m. and got back at twelve at night, having been soaking wet from 2 p.m.