FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
In the course of these chats we were puzzled by accounts given by the Kioutses. According to them, we were to find within a few days a large river, the Neydu (Lissou, abig watera), to follow it up seven marches, cross a high mountain, and then arrive at a wide plain which was called Apon, where the villages were frequent, the houses circular, and the people
dressed in trousers and vests like ourselves, only with black teeth and wearing turbans. To us poor weary rock-climbers the word plain spelt paradise, and Apon became the constant theme of speculation and debate.
As far as our investigations upon the fauna of the Kiou-
kiang went, the results were largely negative. We heard that