io4 SI AM AND THE SIAMESE.
a not in the dipper, but by throwing the water over her hands and rubbing them over her face. She needs no towel, for the water is left to dry. She does not brush her teeth, for they are stained black by chewing the betel nut and seri leaf. Her hair does not require combing, either, for it is all shaved except a little tuft on the top of the head, and that is tied in a little knot and not often combed ; and after a girl is twelve years old it is shaved and kept very short.
After breakfast is overa and a very simple meal it is in Siama the children go off and find some pleasant place in which to play. The baby goes with them, and is carried by the older sister on her right hip, and, with her arm to support the child's back, she walks along as if she had no load to carry.
The girls play at keeping house, and make dishes of clay dried in the sun, and from seeds, grasses, and weeds they make all sorts of imaginary delicacies. Little images of clay washed with lime are their only dolls : these are sometimes laid in tiny cradles and covered with a few pieces of cloth. The Siamese cradles are made on oblong wooden frames, something like a picture frame, from which hangs a network bag made of cord, which forms the cradle, and a board is put in the bottom to keep the netted cord in shape. The large cradle of the