FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
had fallen among gnomes or hobgoblins. In the daylight they were less insidious, and testified the greatest interest in our writing and in the leather of our saddles. At the next Lochai village the natives called themselves Lachos, and claimed to have been there ninety years. We wished we could have procured a specimen of Lochai writing, which they told us was in the old
Little Pagoda on Hill.
Chinese characters as used on the mandarinsa seals. From Tamano, a place about the same size as Tachin-lao, our men began to step out, scenting an approach to Mienning from afar. Near our sleeping-place we saw the site of two ancient forts, one said to date from a century back. The people gave further interesting particulars about the Lochais, averring that they came, like
the Lolos, from near Nang-king ages ago. They made use of a