Published for the Royal Geographical Society by J. Murray,
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72 NOTES OF A JOURNEY ON
numbers of cocoanut palms, and the cheapness of the fruit; * the number of Burmese British subjects (who out of the kindness of their hearts supplied one with any amount of provisions); and the fact that the Laos women cut their hair short like the Siamese. The
people are a friendly, pleasant race. A good deal of fishing is done here, and in poling the small craft up stream, a small rudder is used over the outside (in this case starboard) quarter to prevent the boat running round, as also at Luang Prabang and Nongkhai. These
rudders are fixed, and do their work alone as a rule, but are sometimes in bigger boats fitted with a yoke and long bamboo tiller (as used together in Norwegian boats), the latter reaching to the fore deck. Sometimes in the evening, as the people lie tending their fish-baskets, the boats look, with their up-turned ends and small shelter (in which the manas clothes or his net, with its weights and buoys, may be put) which stands almost amidships, like a distant gondola.
This province, which is under Pechai, is undoubtedly very rich in mineral, but the distances and difficulties of transport are at present against its development. There is a rich, alluvial gold deposit northward, and a variety of ores occur south toward M. Loey, including massive iron-ore beds.
After some stay, we set out with fresh boats and crews, and were five days passing the wild rapids between here and Wieng Chan. The river finds its way among low hills in a narrow, deep channel
* Eight for a fuang= one-eighth of a tical, or 7J cents of a dollar. At Pechai we got one for a fuang.* Eight for a fuang= one-eighth of a tical, or 7J cents of a dollar. At Pechai we got one for a fuang.