808G THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN THE FAR EAST.
had just arrived, and the men who attended to the burning were rushing about to prepare the pile for the new-comer. We only remained a few
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minutes, as a very brief survey of the scene was quite enough to gratify our curiosity.
" The worst sight of all was in a bamboo shed at the side of the ghaut farthest from the river, where two or three dying persons were lying on mats, and evidently near the end of their lives. Doctor Bronson says it is the custom of the Hindoos, when a man is supposed to be sick unto death, to carry him to the bank of the river, so that he may die with his eyes looking on the sacred waters. They pour water in his face, and stuff his mouth with mud from the bank of the stream, and his death is