FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
and by continuing in the same way we might hope to accomplish' good results.
All the next day we were descending into the valley, the base of which could be seen to be cultivated with rice and tobacco by Pais. In the evening (3rd April) we celebrated the five-hundredth kilometre by a great feast, washed down by Sparkling Rivulet
Halt of our Men.
and Old Crusted Pump, and crowned by coffee and cigars. A grand concert concluded the proceedings, and we felt almost like home. Before turning in we had a long moonlight chat; plans were discussed, maps brought out, and books consulted ; our imagination spanned valleys and overleaped mountains in the Far West of our hopes ; and lest we should lose the least portion of our airy dreams, sleep stole upon us as we talked.