SSUMAO TO TALI
they had come, by Puchi Fou and Tali. This news relieved us greatly, as a dread took us lest we should have been forestalled in our projected route. None the less did it behove us to press forward,aexplorers were already increasingly common in Yunnan, it was a race between French and English, and an eager rivalry had arisen even among Frenchmen themselves. The field of the unknown grew daily narrower, and blank spaces were vanis ?,
Street in Ssumao.
with remarkable rapidity. Hitherto we might congratulate o selves : we had filled in the first portion of our wor , an t a a country declared by the English to be impracticab e. o qu oun had written that, notwithstanding the promise of his inception, e could not advance from Manhao by the right bank of the Song Coi; while, according to Bourne, the district which we had jus traversed was without any means of communication. This state-