HOUSEKEEPING IN SIA M. xoi
and set upon poles about six feet from the ground, but they do keep them under the house, so that they can hear if thieves come to steal them.
They never give any dinner or tea parties or visit each other, as we do at home. There is an occasional feast, as at a wedding, a funeral, or a hair-cutting ; and sometimes neighbour girls will sit together under the trees to sew, or by the same lamp at night to economize oil and to chat and A gossip. A great place for the latter pastime is .at the temples when they go to hear the Buddhist services, which are usually in Bali, and therefore not understood, or by the river banks and wells when they go to fetch water.
Thus you see that housekeeping among the Siamese is very simple and primitive. There are no women who have worn out their lives in making and mending, baking and scrubbing, and fussing over a stove. They do not dread the spring house-cleaning or the autumn putting up of curtains and putting down of carpets. There is no Christmas dinner to cook, no preserving or pickling, no packing of butter or pressing of cheese.
But, alas ! there is no happy home-life eithera no family altar, no pleasant social board where father, mother, sisters, and brothers A meet three times a day, and, thanking God for food, eat with joy and gladness and grow strong for His service ; no sit-