The land is only cultivated to a limited extent, and the mode of carrying . *ont this cultivation in no respect differs from what
va ion. Yule described it twenty-seven years ago. The
same lazy happy-go-lucky Burman drives the same sleek well-fed bullocks, who drag the same exaggerated rake on which the driver stands, and which scratches the surface just enough to loosen the clay sufficiently to conceal the seed, which having been sown, he rests in peace till the crop is ready to cut ; then, if he can get no one to cut it for him, he takes it in himself. This species of cultivation, although very productive, is only carried on to a limited extent, apparently only to meet the wants of the cultivator. There seems to be a good deal of pasture land.
On the east bank are two conical hills crowned with pagodas and kyoungs just below Sin-bo-yay. This is a new kutch station m" yay* opened by the Bombay-Burma Trading Company.
We halt here for some time.
The bank here is firm gravel, with an easy slope. The country inland, as far as can be seen, appears covered with jungleA a s* Leaving Sin-bo-yay, we pass some sandstone cliffs
on the east bank. Between their base and the water is a considerable stretch of sand ; their summit is wooded with sparse dried-up low jungle, and the sides show many bare brown patches. On both sides of the river are good sized trees of dark foliage, close enough to give a grateful shade, but not so much so as to constitute jungle. The banks slope gently towards the water, and here show signs of considerable cultivation. The hills on the west are here abont a mile from the bank and perhaps 1,500 feet high. Pass a large village on west bank. We now see on front No. 1 Island as it is called by the ship captains-This is one of the positions on the river which could be made very strong.
There is a gentle rise on west bank covered with pagodas ; to the west of ^ a village, and beyond that thick jungle, and to the rear a creek. In the midjA* of the river and north of this is an island shaped as shown in sketch high steep sides that looked like an earthwork. This place is commanded eJ hills to the south and west. It is so thickly covered with jungle that nothing can be seen on it. On the bank of the channel to the east is a long stragglir*| village. Just at this point the channel runs close under the west bank-^kej| high and rocky and covered with thick jungle. On the northern end of the is a long sandbank. Near this a king's steamer is lying aground. She sti^c* the bluff just mentioned, and her captain ran her aground to prevent her sinking She is a fixture here till next year. These steamers of the king's
have been so^
him by some merchants. They do not steer well, and are generally not ^ much when they become Burmese property. We now pass a village on the *him by some merchants. They do not steer well, and are generally not ^ much when they become Burmese property. We now pass a village on the *