47 The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
would begin to crv, babies, and the
would try to M ing what wTas ^^H^Bl Chin lullaby, what sound-a dismal certainly put sleep, what-might have had
as is the wont of Chin mamma . quiet it by sing-meant for a no doubt, but ed to us like croaking and an end to our ever effect it on the baby.
in his house.
We visit a Chief
The Political Offi- ^HHI
cer usually visits every
Chief in his house, ^^^^^^^^^ accompanied by one
or two officers, with a A JHOOM OR chin clearing for cultivation. smajj escort of sepoys and a party of friendlies. Let me picture such a scene. On entering the house
the party is followed by a crowd of odor-ous Chins, who troop in from the neighbouring houses, some smoking strong smelling rank tobacco in long bamboo pipes. A Chin house usually contains three large rooms. The first is sort of sitting-room, the blue mountain. open in front, where
guests are received. The walls of this room are usually decorated with trophies