National Geographic : 1921 Mar
298 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE t THE LOFTY GOLDEN PILE OF THE SHWE DAGON, THE CENTER OF BURMESE RELIGIOUS LIFE IN RANGOON In no city along the route to Australia was the arrival of the Vimv awaited with keener interest than in Rangoon, the capital of Burma and third seaport of the Indian Empire. When the first news of the departure of the aviators from London appeared in the Rangoon papers a large crowd of natives straightway assembled on the race-course, expecting to see the aeroplane arrive in a few hours. As the time for the actual arrival drew near, people began to congregate, bringing their food and beds, intent upon holding a festival for the duration of the stay of the airmen. The Vimy was the first aeroplane Rangoon had ever seen. An hour after its arrival, Poulet, the French flyer, arrived in his Caudron (see text, page 307).