TSEKOU TO KHAMTI
we hailed with joy once more the sight of hill cultivation and the straggling houses of the hamlet of Duma, in one of which we were not slow to seek shelter, and to disembarrass ourselves of the wet garments and the leeches that adhered to our limbs.
The Kioutses at Duma seemed a finer set of men than those hitherto met. In proportion as we advanced west we found them more civilised. On the borders of the Telo, instead of loin cloths they wore drawers; and here one saw cotton stuffs and large straw hats with a small cone of the Burmese shape. The women also were no longer tattooed.
The same indifference to, cleanliness and tillage marked their dwellings and their fields. Nor did they evince any apprehension of discord arising from intercourse with men of other
a11 A Kioutse of Duma.
villages. Their extreme
isolation probably makes for peace. They allowed themselves to be freely interrogated, and gave us copious if indefinite information as to our route. They said that about Apon,1aof which
1 We discovered that Apon simply signified in Lissou, Pais (Thais). When, therefore, they spoke of Apon they meant athe region inhabited by the Thai's.a