FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
the fresh bearers, each with his wallet stocked with houang-niai, a rock plant remedial in dysentery, of which we forthwith purchased a supply. Altogether the column numbered nearly threescore men. The river at this point was about 50 yards broad, with traces of a rise of 40 feet in flood. The transference of ourselves and chattels was accomplished without hitch ; we even stopped to take a photograph in mid-air.
Bamboo Bridge over Torrent, Valley of the Kiou-kiang.
On the 15th (October) we kept down the right bank of the
Kiou-kiang, and the vegetation had changed. We were now
among large creepers bearing tempting red berries unfit to eat,
shrubs with a rosy blossom not unlike the hortensia, only scented,
fig-trees, plantains, elegant palms, and, in damp spots, clumps
of fern 6 feet high. The river was low, and ran in a bed of