TWENTIETH CENTURY IMPRESSIONS OF BURMA.
but, referring to the inquiry in the letter, he said in a tone which indicated derision that he would be pleased to see the British commander at any time he liked to come. The next morning Captain Fishbourne, of H.M.S. Hermes, with some other officers, proceeded to Government House to interview the Governor. They were left waiting outside the official residence on the plea that the
Governor was asleep, and finally, after being subjected to many petty indignities, were obliged to return to their ships without having seen the Burmese Kingas representative. It was now perfectly clear that there was not the smallest intention on the part of the Burmese to give reparation for the injuries that had been inflicted. Commodore Lambert consequently resolved to take other measures
to secure attention to the British demands. His first step was to send an intimation ashore requesting all British subjects to proceed on board the ships without delay to receive a communication. Mr. Edwards, simultaneously with the despatch of this message, was sent ashore to go from door to door to warn foreigners to leave. At the time there were twenty-four British ships in
the harbour, and a boat was sent to each to direct that all refugees who applied should be received on board and that the vessels should then weigh anchor and drop below the town.
The sequel of the British commodoreas communication is thus described by an eyewitness : a The Proserpine steamer ran close into the main wharf, and eight or ten
of the boats from the frigate and steamers came to the shore to protect and receive the fugitives. Meanwhile the streets were filled with armed Burmese, and Burmese officers were moving to and fro on horseback, threatening all who gave assistance to the foreigners ; in consequence of which not a coolie could be procured. All classes of foreignersaMoguls, Mahomedans, Armenians, Portuguese, and Englishawere seen crowding down to the river with boxes and bundles and whatever they could carry, but they were obliged, generally, to abandon all the property they possessed. Mr. Kincaid, the American missionary, left his library, consisting of more than a thousand volumes, the collection of twenty years, behind him to be destroyed, too happy to find his wife and children safe under the British flag. Many, however, ventured on shore again before night to procure a few articles, but not a few of them were detained. From some who escaped it was ascertained that all the foreigners who could be found were sent to prison.a Meanwhile, on the British commanderas orders, a large new ship of 1,000 tons burthen, belonging to the King of Burma, had been seized and taken down the river, while preparations were made for what was now recognised to be the inevitable conflict. On January 7, all ships, other than the war vessels, were ordered to prepare for their departure, and on the following day the steamers towed many of them out to sea. The Proserpine, conveying more than two hundred refugees, left for Moulmein. On Friday, the 9th, the Governor of Dalla, a venerable official, went on board the flagship and entreated the British commander to grant him time to see the Governor and induce him to apologise. Out of consideration for the good intentions of the excellent old man, Commodore Lambert gave him until evening to try his good efforts. But it was soon made manifest that peace was impossible except on terms which could not be accepted. Before the Governor of Dalla had been long away, a letter was received from the Burmese authorities intimating that if the Commodore attempted to pass the two stockades which had been erected down the river he would be fired upon. The Commodore replied that even if a pistol were fired he would level the stockades with the ground. He followed this up with a notification of the blockade of the rivers of Rangoon, Bassein, and the Salween above Moulmein. On January 10, the Hermes, with the Burmese prize vessel in tow, was proceeding down the river, when she was fired at from the stockade, and the Fox} another British war vessel, was also
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