Hauling Logs With Elephants, Maulmain, Burma

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Burma is that part of India that lies in the Indo-China peninsula (pn-n´ s-lå). The city of Maulmain, where this work is being done, is on the Bay of Bengal (bn-gôl´), at the mouth of the Salwin River. It is about 100 miles southeast of the city of Rangoon. Locate it. Burma is a bit larger than Texas, but it is 3 times as thickly peopled. It is mostly in the tropics. Rice is the chief product, and the principal food of the people. About 10,000,000 acres are set to rice every year. Petroleum is also a valuable export. Fine rubies are mined near Mandalay (mn´då-l), and some gold is found. The forests are best described by the word "jungles." In them are tigers, leopards, rhinoceroses, deer, and elephants. The elephants you see here are Asiatic elephants, probably caught in the forest and tamed. In this part of the world the elephant takes the place that the horse has in the United States and Europe; that the reindeer has in the Arctics; that the camel has on the desert; and that the ox has in central Asia. He can draw more than any other land animal. And he can also be used as a lifting machine when the load is dragged to the end of its journey. The lifting he does with his trunk and tusks. He is a patient beast, good natured, and very intelligent. Here he is doing what is easy work for an elephant-dragging logs out of the river. If he perchance should step into deep water, he swims as easily as he walks. He is a useful animal to the Burmese, and one much liked. Relate a story you have read about elephants. Tell some tricks you have seen them perform. Keystone ID: 12553 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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