In camp they were very handy too. They brought in fire-wood or built us shelters or helped in constructing defences. Many of the Bhoetias attached themselves as cooks to the soldiers' messes on the chance of picking up scraps.
TUn" in slaughtering mythun and goats also on the
chance of getting the remains. It was a curious sight to watch the long line 'es tramping up a hill wTith their loads. From time to time they halted in groups, resting their loads on sticks, or on convenient banks or rocks, to ease their backs ; and every time they did this,
each man emitted a long shrill whistle of relief, by which you could tell in the densest forest when the coolies were in the neighbourhood.
gurkha coolie camp : telling off coolies for day's work.
At first there was considerable difficulty in your coolie or your kit in camp. But subsequent-when they got to know the various sahibs and their regiments, and fell into the daily routine, there was no more trouble in this respect. Sometimes, howrever, your coolie went sick on the march, and, perhaps, a relief had to be sent back from camp. This would delay your kit, and on one or two occasions some of us wrere kept without our bedding in gurkha coolie camp : medicine time.
this way till nearly midnight. There were always a number of spare coolies with