io The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
his hubble-bubble. It is a fine art with these people ; a cough and a wheeze that rise in intensity gradually, and, when the climax of enjoyment is reached, the paroxysm ends with a long-drawn sigh of "Ram! Ram/"
THE BHISTI ON HIS ROUNDS.
The Coolies are JVIusieal.
The Gurkha coolies wToke about one or two o'clock in the morning, and began cooking their food at that early hour. They could not sleep for the cold, and no doubt preferred sitting round the fire. Some would often break out into song, accompanied by a monotonous drubbing
on a drum which they always carried
about with them. But these early concerts were apparently not appreciated by the sahibs, for a shout would presently come from one tent for the "budmashes to chuprao/" The coolies would wait a minute or two, and resume their music when they thought the sahibs
KING'S ROYAL RIFLES COOKING THEIR DINNERS. fo^ ' gQne 0ff tO sleep
again. But again would come the " chuprao / you b--$/" from several tents,
So we always kept people of such peculiar long way off, if possible. But often, on ac-of the limited space, we were all crowded gether, and then the wheezy followers' enjoyment would be cut short at intervals by the stentorian "chuprao ! you sir-r ! " from the sahibs neighbouring tents.
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