"The Singhalese type was well illustrated in Miriamna, a woman who, from the nature of her position at the Fair, became, perhaps, better known than any other one of her race there. The Ceylon tea room, in the Woman's Building, was a popular resort, and there Miriamna sold tea and made a pretty picture as she moved about. She was a wee bit of a woman, but had a dignity of her own which she maintained under all circumstances. Not only were her fingers and wrists resplendent with rings and bracelets, but there were jewels in her hair, rings in all available places in her ears, and, as a final touch, a jewel in the side of her nose. This last bit of adornment was often the cause of an amusing scene in the tea room. Ladies visiting there would notice it and regret audibly that the pretty attendant should so disfigure herself. Miriamna understood English and did not approve of such criticism. After enduring it for a time, she would remark calmly, but with much firmness, that she might be guilty of wearing a nose jewel, but that she at least did not distort her form by wearing corsets! Then there would be confusion among the critics. An exceedingly patriotic little Singhalese woman was Miriamna, and in herself one of the most creditable exhibits among the many fine ones from that distant island."