SOJOURN AT TSEKOU
covered with brushwood that linked the right bank of the torrent of Tsekou to the Mekong. Above and beyond, the mountains, with their uniform covering of rigid pines, rose to the heights on the left of the river. Immediately behind Tsekou, hills were piled upon hills until the horizon was shut in on all sides, and we
seemed to be enclosed within a little world apart. The eye sought its only outlet to the north, where the Mekong had forced for itself a narrow passage at the base of a high mountain which occasionally emerged from its usual canopy of clouds, and displayed a rocky summit patched with snow. It bore the name of the village beneath its shoulder, Loukou.
The concession of the Fathers was of considerable extent, and reached the top of the chain that separated the Mekong from the Salwen basin, embracing in its area
numerous villages echeloned at various heights, from which on Sunday a congregation of nearly three hundred Christians descended to mass. Father Dubernard has collected the debris of several mission stations, and has become the rallying - point for those believers whom persecution has driven to the refuge of this agricultural community which he has founded. As I