A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam and the Malay Peninsula

A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam and the Malay Peninsula

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...of ivory, wax, honey, pepper, betelnuts, and gold dust; but they also took linen goods to Bangkok, together with bamboo poles, -canes, cocoa-nuts, sandal-wood, lead and copper in small quantities, game and birds' feathers (particularly those of a species of jay and the pea-fowl), for exportation to China, &c, palmoil, yams, figs, gutta-percha, and a few diamonds and rubies. The pepper, figs, &c, were grown wild and not cultivated; and the gold dust was found in the beds of the streams emptying themselves into the Menam. I was informed that the diamonds and rubies were found in some low hill ranges between twenty and thirty miles (as nearly as I could judge by what the Rajah said) from Tatsong, and that the copper and lead was procured from quarries in the same neighbourhood; but no regular mines were worked. I also learned from the Rajah, through our interpreter, that a large number of the inhabitants of Tatsong are professional elephant hunters, and they kill the animal in a great variety of ways. Sometimes they dig pitfalls, but this method is not much esteemed, as without great cunning is exercised in covering the holes, the sagacity of the elephant warns him of the danger. Occasionally a large party of natives surround an elephant and spear him to death; but the favourite method of killing them is by shooting them with firearms. The guns and muskets used are mostly of European make; but they have also pieces manufactured in Burmah and in China. These huntsmen also capture the wild elephants, and break them in for general use. They are captured in the same manner as that in vogue in India. Dec. 25.--Christmas Day, but no plumpudding and delicious underdone roast beef. However, we fared very well off a nice haunch of venison, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623045
  • 9781236623041