FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
vanished. The other side was reached with the impetus of the descent, and the shock broken by a band held by two men. The mules were soon disposed of in the same manner. At every crossing the running line is greased, but even with this precaution the cords wear out quickly. When a new connection has to be established, it is done by a light line attached to an arrow, the stream being dangerously strong for boats.
On the bank we were met by Father Dubernard, one of the veterans of the Thibet Mission. In twenty - eight
years this is the second occasion on which he has seen European
travellers: the first was the Englishman Cooper. The reader
may imagine what mutual pleasure our meeting therefore gave.
Father Soulie.Father Soulie.