o* The Road to China
hill-roads at all events. Working on daily labour he will willingly do eight or ten hours' hard work a day, attacking a piece of rockwork or jungle-cutting with a furious energy, and signalising his success over obstacles with shouts of delight. He requires, however, to be handled carefully, sympathetically, and with perfect justice, or he is absolutely intractable."
On a knoll above a streamlet there is the military post, and a sentry walks to and fro before it through the hours. One can see the gleam of his bayonet a long way off in the noon sunlight. The silver flash of a heliograph on the hill links the settlement with the outer world. The air on a spring day is cool and mellow, the sun a friendly neighbour. But the nights are chilly, and towards dawn a great cold clutches the earth and quickens the air. The view from here stretches away on the west to the plain country, where the Irrawaddy winds in great loops and folds of silver
kachin women and girlskachin women and girls