57 The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
standard for everything he has to sell, whether it be a chicken, or a basket of
beans, or a bunch of plantains, or a few eggs.
The Chin likes a gamey egg.
On one occasion the Chins sold us some eggs, and on breaking a few we found them addled. These were thrown away ; but the Chins carefully picked them up and put them into their bags, reserving them, no doubt, as bonnes bouches for future use !
RAID-TROPHIES AT TUNZAN, PUT UP IN HONOUR OF THE MURDER OF LIEUT. STEWART.
pletely. All eggs they brought in were droppe into a basin of water to test them. So in the usual manner one day the servant bought a batch of eggs after testing them in the water. But imagine his disgust when he afterwards found that the Chin had boiled the eggsa which were all badaand so they had sunk in the water and deceived him !
Another time the guileless Chin took us in com-
The Chin is not a fool.
The Chin is not such a fool as he looks. He has been known to sell to Burmans and others on the frontier solid slabs of beeswax, which the purchasers afterwards discovered to be straw or mud covered over with a layer of wax ! Sometimes they have received a
A CHIN CHIEF AND HIS WIFE IN GALA COSTUME.A CHIN CHIEF AND HIS WIFE IN GALA COSTUME.