FROM TALI TO TSEKOU
A ten minutesa mule ride and we were in Tsekou. We' had accomplished the exploration of the Chinese Mekong; we had verified the routes of Cooper, Gill, and the missionaries of Thibet, as well as those of Garnier and the Pavie Mission. After the grand works of Rochill and of Dutreuil de Rhins, there only remains an expedition into the D^gud to complete the knowledge of the whole course of the great Indo-Chinese artery, the French river. With Tsekou we had attained the northern apex of our enterprise; henceforward we should be homeward bound. But first to rest, to talk with our fellow-countrymen, and to reorganise our forces while stopping a space in the gateway of Thibet.
Passing a Mule over the Mekong at Tsedjrong. 219Passing a Mule over the Mekong at Tsedjrong. 219