MANNERS, CUSTOMS, ETC.
showered. Even the children brought their garlands, which they hung on Aour arms; coronals of fragrant flowers, fresh roses, were every morning upon my table. In great things as in small, I found a hospitality that was almost oppressive, and of which I retain the most grateful memory.
The Siamese nobles generally occupy elevated benches or thrones, leaning on stuffed triangular cushions, the ends of which are ornamented with gold embroidery. One of these was presented to each of * the principal members of the Mission, more or less decorated according to their rank. We were informed that the use of such cushions was prohibited to the people. On presenting it, the giver said, " When you rest your head upon it, sometimes think of me."
Almost all locomotion is by water. The barges are generally scooped out of a single trunk, and are sometimes as much as one hundred and twenty feet in length, and moved by as many as a hundred rowers or paddlers. Those of the official barges are clothed in scarlet, and have a woollen head-gear somewhat in the shape of a helmet. The strokes of the paddle
are given with great regularity and order. The stem and stern of the barges are raised high above the body of the barge, and generally represent the head and tail of some monster. The barge is guided by means of long oars, by one or more steersmen, who frm their elevated position on the poop give the word of command to the rowers, who are seated below. There is a roofed cabin, adorned sometimes with curtains of