DEPENDENCIES UPON SIAM.
would reach that town. At this news, my hosts made me a ragout with the skin of an elephant's paunch, and I departed. My sores were not all healed, but it was necessary to advance, bon gr, mal gr; for my confrere, from whom I had been separated for three days, was in greater pain than myself. I rejoined him at Muang Tae the same evening. This time my feet were so bruised, that I was laid up for a week without being able to walk.
" We approached the rainy season : it was time to think of returning. We then quitted Muang Tae, and after having again slept four nights in the mountains we reached a Siamese town called Tait, upon $ different river from that by which we had ascended* There we bought a vessel, and in twelve days arrived at Bangkok. This journey has so blanched m/ hair, that every one puts me down at sixty at least; they call me the old father. I am, however, always ifl excellent health, and I reckon myself strong enough to go again. God will, perhaps, some day bless out labours." *
In a letter from Father Bruguire, dated Bangkok* April i, 1829,t says,a
" The King of Laos, tributary of Siam, who revolted and sought assistance from the King of Cochin Chin* has been taken and brought to Bangkok : he has bee# confined, as well as the whole of his family and man/ of his mandarins, in an iron cage. They have bee# exposed in the midst of a public square to the insult
* Chinese Repository, xvi. 340 et seq. f Annales de la Propagation de la Foi, xx. p. 217.* Chinese Repository, xvi. 340 et seq. f Annales de la Propagation de la Foi, xx. p. 217.