276 KIN A BALUaFIRST EXPEDITION.
witness the skirmish ; but the enemy, if there were an enemy, did not show, and the promised ambush came to nothingait was but a trick of Lemoung to try and disgust Lemaing, and frighten us by the beating of drums and shouting. At the place where we were assured an attack would be made, we found but a few harmless women carrying tobacco.
Our path lay along the side of the hill on which the village stands ; we followed it about four miles in an easterly direction, and then descended to a torrent, one of the feeders of the Tampasuk, where we determined to spend the night, as Mr. Low's feet were becoming very swollen and painful, and it was as well to collect the party. We had passed through considerable fields of sweet potatoes, kiladi, and tobacco, where the path was crossed occasionally by cool rills from the mountains. We enjoyed the cold water very much, and had a delightful bath. The torrent comes tumbling down, and forms many fine cascades. Mr. Low botanized a little, notwithstanding that his feet were suppurating. The hut in which we spent the night was very pretty-looking, fiat-roofed, built entirely of bamboos.
To-day, we had a specimen of the thieving of our Ida'an followers. One man was caught burying a tin of sardines, another stole a Bologna sausage, fo* which, when hungry, I remembered him, and another a fowl.
Next morning Mr. Low found it impossible to walk* and I was therefore obliged to start for the mountain without him. We showed our perfect confidence e the villagers of Kiau by dividing our party, leavingNext morning Mr. Low found it impossible to walk* and I was therefore obliged to start for the mountain without him. We showed our perfect confidence e the villagers of Kiau by dividing our party, leaving