spars or by the application of firea they rushed back, and nothing could force them over. For these the men had recourse to another process. Having lashed together three ordinary dug-outs, they laid spars across them, about 4 feet long and 3 inches in breadth and thickness, and on these placed a flooring of 1-inch planks, covering the whole with plantain stalks and other fodder. I was doubtfully considering whether this extemporized raft was strong enough to bear even one elephant when, to my surprise, three walked on board and were safely carried to the other side. In this manner the transference of the animals was completed, and we prepared to start.
Bush went by boat to Luang Prabang, and Leonowens accompanied me. We crossed the river and pitched our tents for that day. The old blind governor gave us all the assistance he could, and said we were certain of luck, as the day was cloudy, and the " ind that was blowing to the north was carried by angels clearing the way.