arrival at bangkokaits temples.
flowers are suspended. Jars of fresh water are placed on my table, with bouquets of roses ; and a Siamese servant speaking English has me in special charge.
The Rattler arrived at one o'clock, and fired a salute of twenty-one guns. The King had requested that some of his officers might be present to witness the salute, and they are afterwards to go on board the Hauler, As far as I can learn, the arrangements for my entertainment have been confided to the care of Mr. Hunter.
In the afternoon, wandered through the streets and into some of the temples of Bangkok. Many of the ^omen were employed in yellowing their children ^ith turmeric. Does the appropriation of this colour for the garments of the talapoins give it a peculiar velue in the eyes of the people? The walls of the temples are covered with paintings, religious and historical. The priests were never uncivil, but often looked at us with a vacant, uninterested stare. It is their profession to be indifferent to worldly things, and the show of contemplation is, to a great extent, the substance of religious character. When that character resolves into self-abstracted musings, ^hat is its real value to mankind? It is but gross egotism, evidencing the religious sentiments in no benevolent or beneficent shape ; for who is the better for the unrevealed thoughts or undivulged mditais even of the profoundest philosophers?
The King's boat arrived at a quarter before eight to convey me to the palace ; and on landing at the wooden pier on the other side of the river, I was conveyed by eight bearers in an ornamented chair toThe King's boat arrived at a quarter before eight to convey me to the palace ; and on landing at the wooden pier on the other side of the river, I was conveyed by eight bearers in an ornamented chair to