FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
twenty grand fish, mahseers, many weighing over 5 lbs. If I had had lines, and had not been so tired, I must have joined them.
The valley of the Nam-Dihing is wide, and bounded by low wooded hills. The river-bed in which we walked for some
distance testified to the size of the river in flood. As it was, we had to ford it in many arms, and at the village of Mong-Pien to cross by raft. At the latter place we were well received by the people, who let off guns in our honour, and amonjgst whom we met a young man who had been guide to Colonel Woodthorpe in 1875 (1885?) and later to Mr. Gray. Bishi was declared to be but a
Chief at Bishi.
short distance farther. At our approach the aged chief of Bishi came out to meet us, and escorted us to a house where we made ourselves comfortable once more within four walls. This was on the 16th (December).
During the three days which we spent at Bishi we lived on the fat of the land, and the time passed agreeably, but for