FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
Chinese working rude Crane.
latter capacity he did not omit to ask for an advance to purchase drugs. Some of these
arrangements had afterwards to be modified, but for the present our mafous were all smiles and sweetness; the day after their engagement they brought us bouquets of jasmine. Loads were apportioned, saddles adjusted, supplies laid in, and all with the greatest cheerfulness. The makotou was quick, and did most of
We took seven to begin with. One of them, Li, small, youthful, and marked with smallpox, looked more of a hillman than Chinese, though he hailed from the Yangtse. To him was given the command of the others, with the title of makotou, or leader of the caravan.
were simple muleteers, mafous, paid at the rate of seven taels a month through him. He re-
ceived more, would cater for the men, do the same work as they, and act as farrier and vet. to the expedition. In hisceived more, would cater for the men, do the same work as they, and act as farrier and vet. to the expedition. In his