THE TEACHINGS OF BUDDHA. 81
only one cigar were forthcoming, it would be passed round for every member of the family to take a few whiffs.
The moral code of Hinduism was at a far lower level than that of the other religion.
Almsgiving, to priests in the absence of beggars, was much more general in Burmah. As in every community, and under every form of religion, there were the good, bad, and indifferent. They were more unanimously guided by one light than any other nation I ever knew, and their religion, for all its exaggerated asceticism, partook more of the practical than that of many a professed Christian.
They could, it is true, boast a number of past-masters in the gentle art of appropriating other folksa goods, yet during the whole of my stay in their country I never lost a single article, though many of the dwellings in which I resided had not even a single door! Scarcely, however, had I returned to India when I missed a bag of rupees and my watch and chain. Other crimes were equally uncommon among them. I think my position enabled me to judge of this ; and I cannot recall a single instance of necessity for post-mortem on a victim of violence or poison ; whereas in India not a day passed without one, and their multiplicity rendered life a burden. Corpses, masses of corruption that had run the gauntlet of a hundred miles of hot sun, were brought at all times to oneas private dwellingaone met them on the roada everywhere!
Nothing appeared to give such exquisite delight to some of our civil authorities as having plenty of dead bodies brought forth from every nook and corner to be examined and reported on, and if dead bodies were by some rare mischance not forthcoming, they would