COLOMBO -- DULLNESS OF THE TOWN -- CINNAMON GARDENS -- A CINGALESE APPO -- Ceylon SPORT -- JUNGLE FEVER -- NEWERA ELLIA -- ENERGY OF SIR. E. BARNES -- INFLUENCS OF THE GOVERNOR -- PROJECTED IMPROVEMENTS.
IT was in the year 1845 that the spirit of wandering allured me toward Ceylon: little did I imagine at that time that I should eventually become a settler.
The descriptions of its sports, and the tales of hairbreadth escapes from elephants, which I had read in various publications, were sources of attraction against which I strove in vain; and I at length determined upon the very wild idea of spending twelve months in Ceylon jungles.
It is said that the delights of pleasures in anticipation exceed the pleasures themselves: in this case doubtless some months of great enjoyment passed in making plans of every description, until I at length arrived in Colombo, Ceylon's seaport capital.
I never experienced greater disappointment in an expectation than on my first view of Colombo. I had