I g ten days in the jungle.
After tiffin I have three elephants brought up to sketch ; they do not stand very quietly. I find it very difficult ; however, my crude sketches may give you a faint idea of some of the strange things I am seeing. Instead of five o'clock tea, I try fresh limes and soda-water ; this was most refreshing.
This is the hottest place we have been in ; the sun seems to blaze down upon us ; there is absolutely no shade, as all the trees have been cleared, nothing but the bare ground left where the tin is to be worked, or where the Chinese are already at work.
As usual, little chichaks or lizards are on the ceiling; they are very pretty, light wood color, with large, bright, black eyes. I like to watch them. They keep quite still for a while, then suddenly dart off so quickly that you can hardly see them move from place to place. They feed upon mosquitoes and other insects.
While I was quietly reading, a long-legged frog jumped on to my chair and hoppedWhile I was quietly reading, a long-legged frog jumped on to my chair and hopped