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e.y then pushed on to Luang Prabang, and took up their quarters a ^ at Chieng Tawng. Before their arrival M. Pavie and the ateese commissioner had left. The Chao Uparaj had also left, but ^as recalled by the chief, who was determined to die in Luang rabang. One of the chiefa s sons enrolled some twenty Burmans as a sPecial bodyguard for his father.
The Haw now acted in accordance with their usual barbarity, inning at the Wat, where they had chosen their quarters, they
AlEW OF LUANG PRABANG FROil HILL ON RIGHT BANK OF THE ME KAWNG.'i
en^ed their murderous work throughout the town. The Chao p WaS ^eath an(i ^e old chief was compelled by his sons
8hot Urman guai*d to go on board a boat, where one of his sons was hist . 0re his eyes. Luang Prabang was fired and looted; but the alreA ^C SA lden statue of Buddha, called a Pra Bang,a had been it. rJ secured by a wily old Lao, who had carried it off and buried tjw e chief met M. Pavie lower down the river, and together j^ent to Paklai, the chief going on to Bangkok.
Uring the next dry season the French made a final effort to