60 SURVEYING AND EXPLORING IN SIAM.
once tributary to Anam, and on my asking the old chief if such Was the case, his answer was .short and decisive-" Never.a He said that Anam belonged to China, and that Luang Prabang had formerly paid tribute to China every ten years, the tribute having been taken from Muang Sai to Muang La of the Sib Sawng Pana to the Governor of Yunan whom they called Chao Fa Wong. The tribute had con. sisted of 4 elephants, 41 mules, 533 lbs. of nok (metal composed of
MABKET-P1ACE, LUANG PRABANG, 1885.
\ 9^ lbs of rhinocerosa horns, 1000 lbs. of ivory, 250
g0ld a of home spun cloth, 1 horn, 150 bundles of areca-palm nuts, pieces of P bao,g of the rce of the fish pla buk.
'a whnTwe' were ending a pUa * conversation with the old
o i n wflq ker t up under the house.
'a ^a a a tet-placa of Luang Prabang was rather crowded in the The ma P ting to stroll through the strange medley
:,r a harring ana d chaffering in their different jargons.
topees were not exclusively used as money, hut were melted