FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
ourselves on the borders of the river. This was the Nam-Kiou. or Meli-remai of the Kioutses, the western branch of the Irawadi. It was about 160 yards in width and 12 feet deep ; water clear and sluggish. We crossed without delay in five or six pirogues, and saw grounds for the arrogance of the natives in the ease with which they could have prevented our passage. A series of streams succeeded at close intervals; the region seemed a veritable
On the Nam-Kiou.
cullender for Indo-China. Some we forded, others we passed, in dug-outs. Their gliding currents mingled or diverged without visible cause in this flat delta-like country"; in marked contrast to the riotous torrents we had so lately left. They cannot come from far, as the chain of the Dzayul Mountains running south-west bounds them to the north of the plain of Moam.