i3 5 SIAM AND THE SIAMESE.
ting-room, where some of the happiest years of our lives are spent in loving companionship with those of our own household ; no place for books, and no books to read, except perhaps a few vile tales or books of superstition and witchery.
May God pity Siam, and plant in her kingdom many happy Christian homes 1 May her people be purified and cleansed, and taught of Him in all things ! Then, and not till then, will the good influences, working from the heart outward, touch and cleanse and beautify all their surroundings.
My description is of Siamese life among the lower classes, not among those who have come in contact with missionaries and been improved somewhat, nor those of the higher classes in Bangkoka the princes and nobles, whose old-time home-life was neater and more orderly than that here described-These, through the influence of foreigners coming to Siam, and visits to foreign lands, have raised themselves in the scale of living, and have foreign houses filled with foreign furniture and conveniences, order sumptuous meals from foreign bakeries, and have them placed upon their tables "and served in modern style. I do not consider that true Siamese housekeeping.