north or south, as the case might be ; butahere we used fearful words, the like of which had never been heard of by botanists, but which sounded grandawould answer better. For every letter containing a dozen learned names, we, in my name, sent her twenty-four, until she shut up, and told people she had no idea I was so well up in botany.
My stay in Rangoon was very short, for the headquarters of the sappers and miners were at Prome, so I embarked on a steamer belonging to the Irrawadie flotilla, which also towed up a huge flat. We had to pay the skipper 8 rupees a day for table expenses, and it was an extraordinary fact that our progress would be in the inverse ratio to the number of passengers on board. The general excuse was the heavy fogs, but one day, when it was quite bright, and there were no signs of our moving, one of us asked the cause of the delay. ' Oh, I am waiting to see if the fog will get up/ replied the commander.
A trip up the Irrawadie is always pleasant, and ours would have been very enjoyable had it not been for the multitude of the mosquitoes and the virulence and Persistency of their attacks. In the Panlong Creek they were in tens of thousands ; the current was very swift, and our progress very slow. The artillery horses kicked, screamed, and bit at one another ; the gunners swore worse than our army were said to have done in planders. Those who had good curtains, and retirai inside them betimes, did not fare so badly.
Owing to the war against us, and the levy en masse of the male population, very little of the country had been cultivated, and the greater part of the alluvial