The Siam Repository; Containing a Summary of Asiatic Intelligence Volume 1

The Siam Repository; Containing a Summary of Asiatic Intelligence Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...escort consisted of 55 soldiers and 85 persons to attend to the elephants, carriers &c, indeed ourselves included and the boatmen from Bangkok, we mustered 150 men. We had to traverse the regions infested by the Red Karens, a wild aud predatory Indian tribe, who had recently been very troublesome; hence so numerous an escort was requisite. Although we had not received much courtesy and attention from the Operat while in Xiengmai, he had by all means exercised his authority under the King's letter, and as long as we traveled in the Siamese territory, we found comfortable night quarters erected, when arriving at our halting-place, a party having been always sent in advance for that purpose. The journey from Xiengmai to Maulmain occupied us twenty-four days; from thence we went by steamer to Tavoy, and again resorting to elephants for our transport, we crossed the great Central mountain ridge, which being a spur of the great Himalaya, traverses the Malay peninsula, and ends at Cape Romania. We had a journey of eight days from Tavoy to the mouth of the Menam noi where that rivulet falls into the Canburi river near ChaiYoke. Our journey fr6m Tavo to ChaiYoke occupied eight days, the report that ' it is only a distance of a couple of days is erroneous, At last we arrived safely at Bankok. We had been absent from it 135 days, 86 of which found us under way. We felt very grateful that our journey had been accomplished without any further drawback than the loss of nearly all that I had collected in illustration of Natural History. Five days of almost incessant rains during our journey from Tavoy to the central mountain ridge, was sufficient to defy the precautions which had been taken to secure my gatherings: moreover in lieu of the nice...show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961234
  • 9781236961235