Temples and Elephants.
moored to the shore, and the boat began to drift rapidly down stream. In a moment they sprang to the oars, and a few minutes later we fortunately came in sight of two boats fastened to the shore. From this I knew there must be a habitation near at hand, and, following a narrow path leading from the wateras edge into the forest, I came upon a couple of miserable huts. The inhabitants were amazed to see a white man, but very soon agreed to give me and my men a nightas shelter. The accommodation was not of the first class, but even a leaky roof was better than no shelter at all, and a sleep, gentle sleep, natureas soft nurse,a soon a steeped my senses in forgetfulness a of all my surroundings.
Kiang Tsen, I learnt next morning, was distant only an hour by water from here, so, before starting, I fixed a pole in the stern of the boat, from which I displayed the Siamese royal standardathe handsome and characteristic white-elephant flagain order that I might enter this the most northerly town in the dominions under the rule of the king of Siam, with as much eclat as possible. An houras a poling a against a stiff current, in a due westerly direction, brought us to Kiang Tsen, where our arrival created some little stir among the sleepy inhabitants. I was installed in a neat little hut, recently occupied by a Chengmai prince, and improved the occasion by hoisting the royal banner on a staff directly in front of my temporary residence.
The inhabitants, mostly Laosians, had only been here about three years, the town having been captured from the Ngious by the Chengmai people; and they had never before seen the royal standard of the sovereign to whom they owed allegiance displayed here.
Almost immediately after landing, I paid a visit of respect to the Chowaa Lampoon prince whose chiefAlmost immediately after landing, I paid a visit of respect to the Chowa a Lampoon prince whose chief