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a Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo.a
The capital of the Tenasserim provinces is situated on the left bank of the river, about half a dayas steaming from its mouth. It is, if anything, even more picturesque than Prome; and, at that period, civilization had made considerable strides, calculated to enhance its beauty, in the shape of good roads and tasteful houses. The site on which it was built was of an undulating character, with imposing hills in the background, between which intervened a swampy belt, inundated during the monsoon, and under cultivation when the waters had subsided.
From motives of convenience and salubrity, the native and European residences were built parallel to the river, in a line extending over several miles.
Once again my eye rested on houses built on piles, and they appeared so familiar, that I could scarcely realize the fact of having for the past four years been associated with any other. The European houses boasted roomy verandahs, protected from the prevailing glare by luxuriant creepers.
Teak and bamboo entered largely into their composition, while the roofs were covered with a shingles,a or flat, thin boards cut into fixed sizes and laid on afterTeak and bamboo entered largely into their composition, while the roofs were covered with a shingles,a or flat, thin boards cut into fixed sizes and laid on after