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have resulted in broken bones. The natives could run up and down them barefooted like so many cats ; and were inwardly amused, no doubt, at our awkwardness, though far too polite to betray such unseemly exuberance in the presence of the a Lord-High-Chief-Commissioner! a
A most unusual combination of excellent soil and climate, assisted by so perfect and unique a system of irrigation, stamped the valley as a place of productiveness out of the common.
In those days, the country at large enjoyed a considerable reputation for tobacco, which, when cured, was remarkable for its dark colour and somewhat rank flavour.
I preferred it, however, to what" Trichys a were made of; though I only smoked the cigars when better were unavailable. The price was sufficiently tempting to decoy many, and to the officers of the ship in which I went out, I forwarded several thousand of them at the apparently improbable cost of a rupee a hundred.
It would be idle to add that the price rose rapidly soon after our occupation of the country, as everything invariably does in those places that we merely frequent!
In 1852, Pegu ponies cost Rs. 30; in 1858, Rs. 300 were asked and given. The fact is, both were novelties ; and what Englishman will not pay a ruinous price for a novelty ! I am of opinion that tobacco was not indigenous to Burmah, for the history of that important plant points rather to a western origin and a gradual spread eastward ; while, with the single exception of the Manilla, it deteriorates the further we advance in the latter direction.
A Manilla is, I confess, a choice article; but com-A Manilla is, I confess, a choice article; but com-