REMINISCENCES OF INDIA
tiously strapped down a box with chains (first filling it with stones), as if it contained valuables, and, sure enough, one night two men entered his apartment and made for the box. He was out of his bed in a moment, and rushed at them, but, quick as he was, the robbers were quicker ; as they ran out, followed closely by the proprietor, they flung back with all their force the massive teak door, which caught their pursuer fairly in the face and floored him. Robberies were so frequent, and the detection of the criminals so rare, that the Deputy-Commissioner told the myo-oke if he did not put a stop to them he would be dismissed. Still, not a night passed without some house having been entered. The native magistrate, driven to desperation, got up about midnight, and, with a couple of peons, took up his position under a bridge I had constructed on the new road, about two miles from Shoaydoung, and lay in wait there. About 4 a.m. the party heard voices, and saw several men coming towards them ; when quite close they stepped out and shot a couple dead, who, by the merest chance, turned out to be noted robbers, with stolen goods on them. The gang, thinking they had been betrayed, dispersed, and for some time there were no more thefts in that neighbourhood. It was lucky for the official that he shot the right people ; they might have been innocent travellers.
So clever and audacious were the thieves at Thayetmyo, that a cordon of sentries had to be formed round the station at dark. One night someone ran amuck ; the sentry, one of the 8th Irregular Cavalry, challenged, but as the individual still rushedSo clever and audacious were the thieves at Thayetmyo, that a cordon of sentries had to be formed round the station at dark. One night someone ran amuck ; the sentry, one of the 8th Irregular Cavalry, challenged, but as the individual still rushed