POVERTY OF SOIL -- CEYLON SUGAR -- FATALITY OF CLIMATE -- SUPPOSED FERTILITY OF SOIL -- NATIVE CULTIVATION -- NEGLECT OF RICE CULTIVATION -- ABANDONED RESERVOIRS -- FORMER PROSPER PROSPERITY -- RUINS OF CITIES -- POLLANARUA -- THE GREAT DAGOBA -- ARCHITECTURAL RELICS -- THE ROCK TEMPLE -- DESTRUCTION OF POPULATION -- NEGLECTED CAPABILITIES-SUGGESTIONS FOR INCREASING POPULATION -- PROGRESS OF PESTILENCE -- DESERTED VILLAGES -- DIFFICULTIES IN THE CULTIVATION OF RICE -- DIVISION OF LABOR -- NATIVE AGRICULTURE.
FROM the foregoing description, the reader will have inferred that Newera Ellia is a delightful place of residence, with a mean temperature of 60° Fahr., abounding with beautiful views of mountain and plain and of boundless panoramas in the vicinity. He will also have discovered that, in addition to the healthiness of its climate, its natural resources are confined to its timber and mineral productions, as the soil is decidedly poor.
The appearance of the latter has deceived every one, especially the black soil of the patina, which my bailiff, on his first arrival, declared to be excellent. Lord Torrington, who is well known as an agriculturist, was equally deceived. He was very confident in the opinion that "it only required draining to enable it to produce