WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
Brahminee Ducks in pairs along river-banks, but neither are they appreciated. There was a large bheel a little below Shoaydoung where a few ducks could be picked up by going after them in dug-outs. In the delta of the Irrawady a few also are found.
The water-fowl, as distinguished from the ducks and teal, are very numerous, but none of them are worth mentioning excepting the water-pheasant.
The hares on the Irrawady side are fine large beasts, many of them nearly as large as English ones, and are fairly plentiful ; whilst those on the Sittang are very rare, much whiter, and not much bigger than a rabbit. If properly cooked, an Indian hare is not half bad eating, but though in most things culinary the native servants and cooks are unrivalled, they are not adepts at cooking game.
When I was sent to Namyana five miles south of Promea to clear it out for building a Station, there was very fair sport there. I have shot snipe, hares, francolins, jungle fowl, and occasionally a barking deer, on the same day.
BIG GAME OF LOWER BURMA
Naturalists acknowledge but two species of elephants, the African and the Asiatica in which they are undoubtedly correct; but why they assert that the Muckna or Hine is identical with the Goondas I do not know. Mr. Sandersona for whom I have the greatest respect as a sportsman and observera remarked in his Thirteen Years among Wild Beasts, that the having tusks or not was merely accidental, like whiskers in a man; but I maintain that the two beasts are varieties, though of the same species. Any good mahout, whether Indian or Burmese, laughs at such a theory. There are marked differences, not only amongst the males, but those differences extend to the females. In Ceylon they are almost all Mucknas, also in Sumatra; in Burma there are more Hines than Goondas. In Assam, Goondas predominate, but there are plenty of Mucknas too. In India the latter are decidedly in the minority, and, I think, if further search be