THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN THE FAR EAST.
Chinese that come here are just as great gamblers as they are at home, and they are just as fond of smoking opium.
a The city is said to contain half a million inhabitants, and it is little more than a hundred years old. It was founded in 1769, when the Siamese capital (Ayuthia) was captured and plundered by the Burmese. The king lives here, and the royal palace is well worth seeing. We are going there to-morrow, or perhaps next day, and we are going to see some curious temples. There are lots of temples in Bangkok, and the city contains not less than twenty thousand priests of the Buddhist religion. We will tell you more about the priests and the temples in another letter.a
A SIAMESE PRIEST.