Journal of a Voyage Up the Irrawaddy to Mandalay and Bhamo

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J.W. Baynes, 1871 - Burma - 102 pages

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Page 15 - Organized efforts were made by Bengal agents to introduce the use of the drug, and to create a taste for it amongst the rising generation. The general plan was to open a shop with a few cakes of opium, and to invite the young men and distribute it gratuitously. Then, when the taste was established, the opium was sold at a low rate. Finally, as it spread throughout the neighbourhood, the price was raised, and large profits ensued.
Page 15 - Finally, Mr. Hind, the Assistant-Commissioner of British Burmah, in a statement laid before the same Committee, reported as follows : Organised efforts are made by Bengal agents to introduce the use of the drug, and create a taste for it among the rising generation. The general plan is to open a shop with a few cakes of opium, and to invite the young men in and distribute it gratuitously. Then, when the taste is established, the opium is sold at a low rate. Finally, as it spreads through the neighbourhood,...
Page 46 - ... will be drawn by war boats ; but it was only finished some two years ago, and has never as yet been visited by the King. In the centre is a lofty tower, with eight or nine storeys or terraces, of black and gold, surmounted by the htee or umbrella. The prows of the two canoes on which this water-palace is constructed consist each of an immense silver dragon; and behind each dragon is the fierce colossal figure of a warrior deity, called by the Burmese a Nat, but which is evidently identical with...
Page 72 - About eleven o'clock this morning we entered the second defile, which is about fifteen miles in length. The scenery of this defile, or gorge, surpasses anything I have ever beheld. The river narrows in, whilst the banks on either side rise to a height of from five to eight hundred feet, and are covered with thick woods. The most striking part of the defile, is a huge rock, which is called " monkey castle" from the number of monkeys that hang about it.
Page 89 - The thickness of metal varies from six inches to twelve, and the actual weight of the bell is, by a rough calculation, about eighty tons, or one-eleventh of the popular estimate. According to Mr. Howard Malcolm, whose authority was probably Colonel Burney, the weight is stated in the Royal Chronicle at 55,500 viss, or about ninety tons. This statement is probably, therefore, genuine...
Page 89 - The Burmese have a great love for bells and gongs, and are very clever in casting them. The largest bell in the world, with the exception of the one presented by the Empress Anne to the Moscow Cathedral, was cast at Mengoon in 1796 for the pagoda then building there by the King. It is 12 feet high, with an external diameter at the lip of...
Page 15 - ... information of Government in the following language : — " Mr. Hind, Assistant Commissioner, came on board. This gentleman appears to have a large local experience of Aracan, dating back from 1835. The principal object of his conversation was to impress me with the demoralizing effects of the Bengal akbari laws upon the impulsive, pleasureloving people of Burma ; and certainly he furnished sufficient data to prove the utter fallacy of the general conclusion, that what is good for India is good...
Page 33 - On either side of the entrance to this pagoda, at the summit of the steps above the dragons, were two small figures of priests standing in long gowns, with umbrellas over their heads. One of these figures was the very counterpart of the statue of an English archbishop of the Middle Ages ; and I was once before startled with a similar resemblance in a lifesized image of the same character, covered with gold mixed with black, near the foot of the staircase in the rooms of the Asiatic Society at Calcutta.
Page 15 - Bengal akbari rules is very graphic; but Mr. Hind's statements were more striking, as he entered more into detail. He saw a fine healthy generation of strong men succeeded by a rising generation of haggard opium-smokers and eaters, who indulged to such an extent that their mental and physical powers were alike wasted. Then followed a fearful increase in gambling and dacoity.

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