The Silken East *
achieved with infinite grace and discretion. After which, there is some washing to be done, and then mother and daughter return home.
All the women of the village are at this hour by the river's edge ; some with babies barely able to walk, but receiving early initiation into the joys of the beautiful river that flows by their homes. There is a curious contrast to be found between the face of the unhappy urchin, enduring the gaunt ministrations of a nurse, familiar to every purchaser of a certain English soap, and that of a little Burmese child, taking its first lessons by the river's side. It is in the river, where he plays and splashes for hours every day of his youth, that the Burman learns his gaiety of heart, and develops the fine muscles of his race.