CHILD LIFE IN SIAM. 105
times a looking-glass is held before one, and it is amusing as well as painful to see how angry it will become. This passion for mimic fights grows in the boys, and when they become men they spend most of their time at cockpits, where nearly all their gambling is carried on. In spite of all this, animals are well cared for by most persons, for they 'make merit' in this way. They also believe that at some future time a fish, a monkey, a dog, a cat, or it may be a snake, a bird, or a pig, will be the possible home of their own soul.
The Siamese are fond of flowers, and use them for personal adornment. The children wear wreaths of tiny white flowers on their topknots, and very often men and women put flowers .behind their ears and fasten them in their hair. Children are often named after flowers and different colours. The name that almost all babies bear for the first few years of their life is 'Dang' which means 'red.' When they get a little older they have another name given them, though sometimes this first name clings to them all their lives. When a stranger meets a young girl and wishes to speak to her, she calls her 'Rat,' for this is the most polite way of addressing young ladies whose name one does not know.
There are no story-books printed for the children of Siam. Their stories are told to them, and