they are now of the soil. But they still talk the Manipur tongue, the language of their forefathers, and they employ a teacher of their own to teach their children how to write it. The old weaver who speaks is a taciturn and gloomy man, and the burden of his talk is of a decaying and unprofitable i n -dustry.
" Twenty years ago," he says, looking in the dust a "twenty years ago, I sold a hundred putsoes where now I sell ten."
He will vouchsafe no explanation ; but he knows it is due to the competition of cheaper Western fabrics, and the passing away of the royal court.
It is a poor-looking quarter, this famous quarter