FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
their burdens. Amid these difficulties Francois suffered most. He urged his pony at the mire, and promptly tumbled into the river. Knowing full well he would get no sympathy from us, he bore himself with offended dig-
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by the lamentable state of his once showy velvet boots, and gravely climbing on to his little grey was presently trotting ahead in search of a camping ground. We succeeded at length, without much knowing how, in reaching an insignificant Chinese village, where two scanty rooms were grudgingly assigned us after prepayment. However, a proper bath soon made amends for the April foolas washing we had already undergone.
As the rain was over I sallied out to investigate, and hard by came to a large tree in a hollow, with a small altar at its foot. The platform wras supported by uprights and cross pieces, and at its sides were arranged some peeled wands, with a bamboo trellis