SSUMAO TO TALI
However, we got off at last with a brace of soldiers lent us by the mandarin to carry a letter of recommendation to t e village chiefs. Four routes led to the Mekong, we going most directly westward, leaving our northina more gradually. On quitting the plain of Ssumao we entered a pretty country, where the sunas rays lit up hills covered with pine clumps and valleys fully cultivated, and the air was
White Rocks in Valley.
cool oa green lawn, The first nigh, on, we slept beneath a
pagoda, defaced with plaster deities grotesquely streaked,
seeming in vain to assay onr terrors with their threefold regard
What a miserable conception the Chinese have made of the,
pantheon 1 It is hard to comprehend how they have distorted
the fine ideas of Buddha by representations that are not mg
shameful, repellent, and debased.