86 SURVEYING AND EXPLORING IN SIAM.
the arrival of his worthy colleague, who was loitering and amusing himself by the way. Pa ia Raj in course of time appeared at Tung Chieng Kam, unfortunately in great wrath with a the country general,a as he called his colleague. The a country general a had afl unpleasant time, but he did all he could to bring matters to a successful issue. He placed himself unreservedly under Pa ia Jejf who made a new stockade about 500 yards further on than the other-Pa ia Raj was fully persuaded that the mere knowledge of his arrival had been enough for the Haw, and that they had already deserted their stockade, his scouts having reported that there was not so mud1
as the sound of a fowl to be heard there. He went out to niake a reconnaissance in person, but when he got within rifle-range a show#* of bullets convinced him the place was not deserted, and he had to beat a hasty retreat. Then he formed his plans for attacking ^ie Haw, and getting rid of them, as he said, in half an hour.
It was then that, with Collins and Rossmussen, I arrived at Tu11^ Chieng Kam, having pushed on in consequence of a letter fr0111 1 ia Pichai, requesting me to meet the two generals for a consultatiA !1 about the work. Here the Haw had been carrying on their operatio]lS with their usual barbarity. At the bottom of the dark ravine Wie the corpses of two Lao that had recently been beheaded, and taleS