THE KING OF SIAM.
occupied the whole of the upper end of the hall. The throne, richly gilded all over, was about fifteen feet high, and in shape and look very like a handsome pulpit. A pair of curtains, of gold tissue, concealed the whole of the upper part of the room except the throne, and were intended to be drawn over this also. In front of the throne, and rising from the floor, in sizes decreasing as they ascended, were numbers of gilded umbrellas. The king, as he appeared seated on the throne, looked more like a statue in a niche than a living heing. He was short, and rather fat; his features were very ordinary, and the expression of his countenance did not indicate intelligence. He wore a loose gown of gold tissue, with very wide sleeves. His head was bare, for he had neither crown nor any other ornament on it. But close to him was a sceptre, or baton of gold. All was hush. Save the English-meli, all were prostrate on the floor; and they were reminded niore of the temple of some god, crowded with votaries, than of the audience-chamber of a temporal sovereign. On the left of the throne were exhibited the presents sent by the Governor-general, and these, as our envoy firmly believed, were represented as English tribute.
Gold Vase for the Kingas Letters.Gold Vase for the Kinga s Letters.