THE FORTUNES OF WIENG CHAN.
equipped an army to drive out the Haw neck and crop. These rA bbers had entrenched themselves at Tung Chieng Kam, but they "a ere quickly dislodged, and nearly all slain by Pa ia Rajanarakun.
Wieng Chan was at one time subject to Luang Prabang, the authority of that province having extended over nearly the whole A f the Me Nam Kawng valley. After Wieng Chan had rebelled and established its own independence, the unity and strength of the "'lute-bellied Lao was destroyed for ever. The Lao of the Me Nam Kawng are called white-bellied to distinguish them from their black-allied brethren inhabiting the northern parts of the Me Nam Chao
LAO OF HIT A PAN HA TANG HOK.
^la who tattoo their bellies and thighs, while those of the Me Nam aWng do not practise tattooing.
story has it that when Chao Anu was Governor of Wieng a^out 1823, his son was called down to Bangkok in charge of nien summoned to assist in digging the canal that was to connect nin with Bangkok. It would appear that the official in charge Undertaki1^ a^er kicking the young man, added a flogging, . when the youth returned home, his father, indignant at the ^y. ^belled. The army sent from Bangkok totally destroyed ady*11^ but Chao Anu escaped to Anam. Following the
lce of the King of Anam, he withdrew to Chieng Kwang, but