SSUMAO TO TALI
anything to break the tedious monotony. At midday on the 24th (April) the aDoctora again left us, with one attendant, for Mong-pan and Mong-ka, down on the right bank of the Mekong. This few daysa digression would enable him to settle several points in the course of the river.
On descending from some higher spurs we reached a gently
Roux at Work.
sloping tableland, and the road became more frequented. First we met a caravan of cotton, then some rice grinders, and a soldier carrying his sword in bandolier, and on his shoulder in place of a gun a bamboo, from the end of which dangled a green Paroquet in a hoop. The plateau was enclosed by hills and bordered by two ravines, and resembled in its formation a glacier with its moraines. At the farther extremity the big village of