FROM TALI TO TSEKOU
particularly good to him, giving him more pay than he was entitled to ; and yet here, in the prospect of increased labour, the ungrateful hound left us without even a word of parting. The makotou continued to give us satisfaction, and, after two daysa suffering from what we at one time feared to be a whitlow, was now nearly fit again. The only fault to be found with him was
Attachment of Cord Bridge at Piao-tsen.
his inability to make the mafous obey him ; when they refused a task, he did it himself.
The defection was supplied by four Minchias, and we were
again able to set forward. As we left Piao-tsen we saw the
first cord bridge over the Mekong. It was constructed of two
hawsers of twisted bamboo, made fast to a stake on either bank,
propped by big stones. For the crossing a small wooden saddle,
called liou-pang, was attached to a running line (hou-so), and
the person secured in it by leg and shoulder straps. It behoved