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their ponies, are passed. Ivorat is reached in about ten hours. The station is about- one kilometre from the town, and for this reason it is well to make arrangements beforehand to hare ponies ready on which to ride to the city.
Korat is the centre of a most important district. Its principal articles of export are silk (both woven and raw), hides, horns, live pigs, gums of different kinds, and india-rubber. These articles are mostly brought in from the surrounding districts on pack bullocks during the dry season and sold to Chinese dealers by the country folks, who barter their goods for cotton doth, kerosene, and European manufactured goods. A little timber is also exported, but it is expected that this trade will soon assume much greater proportions. The surrounding districts grow quite sufficient-rice and other cereals and fruits for their own consumption, difficulties of transport having hitherto militated against their export. With the railway close at hand it is expected that the output of these valuable commodities will be considerably increased in the near future.
The country around Korat affords splendid opportunities for the naturalist, entomologist, botanist, and sportsman. Most of the tiger and leopard skins which find their way to the Bangkok market arrive thence. In the more remote parte there are said to be wild cattle, a species of sladang, and buffaloes, whilst civet cats, leopard cats, and other of the lesser classes of the feline tribe abound.
Like all the ancient cities of Siam, Korat is bounded by a wall, a relic of the days when all had to bow before " The good old rule, the simple plan, That they should take who have the power And they should keep who can"Like all the ancient cities of Siam, Korat is bounded by a wall, a relic of the days when all had to bow before " The good old rule, the simple plan, That they should take who have the power And they should keep who can"