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VISIT FROM A CHAO.
chaos, or officials, who came to visit us, and it was difficult to restrain our laughter, which, had we given way to it, would have caused them grave offence. The formula never varied. It was a case of a guard, turn out,a and out they turned higgledy-piggledy, one on the top of the other, this fellow in full war-paint, that one in a dish-clout, another one in half uniform and half native garb; such a comical guard as would make the fortune of a Christmas pantomime, could it only be reproduced faithfully on the stage. The chao arrived, each warrior saluted as pleased him best, and at the time which suited him, the only fixed rulea rather a curious oneabeing that no two men should do reverence at the same time or in the same manner. After the salutes had been performed, came the ordeal of shaking hands with ourselves, and we used to pity greatly the poor chao, who, after receiving the sixty separate salutes, had to bestow on each member of our mission a more or less pretentiously cordial grip. Watching him, we could fully understand how weary royal personages must be of public receptions. When on a formal visit, like that our visitor had just undergone, the chaos are carried about on a seat, resting on a wooden frame which is suspended from two poles, fixed crosswise and borne by coolies. The seat itself is a gorgeous affair, soft, and covered with rich velvet trappings, the amount of gold lace in the decoration denoting the rank and wealth of the occupant.
Naturally we had a good deal to do with the tsobua, or head chief, of Zimm6, as our mission was principallyNaturally we had a good deal to do with the tsobua, or head chief, of Zimm6, as our mission was principally