84 THE KINGDOM OF THE YELLOW ROBE.
mechanical toys, plaster casts, waxen flowers, real plants
and models of animals. The candidate is carried round the
Palace each day, with an imposing procession of priests,
members of the amazon guard, soldiers and attendants.
No other event in the life of any Siamese is celebrated
with anything like the expense that attends the top-knot
cutting, except perhaps a funeral.