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Title: Travels within the central elements of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos : throughout the years 1858, 1859, and 1860
Year: 1864 (1860s)
Authors: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861 Mouhot, Charles
Subjects: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861
Publisher: London : John Murray
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casions wear a rich,suit, comprising compartments, vest, gear, and a sizable tunic.each goes barefoot, hardly ever having even sandals. They arenot of a migratory nature, but have their particular fixed habita-tions, and they are fond of beauty and deluxe. Yery imi-tative inside their ways, they feel a pride in putting on aEuropean gown; many of these made after thefashion of Louis XIV.s reign are nevertheless maintained, espe-cially on the list of descendants associated with the Portuguese, whoare numerous. The unifornis for the troops are copiedfrom those of European countries; while the Avhole nation features a greattaste for the Parisian furnishings, cotton fiber, silk, and woollenfabrics, porcelain, china, cup, bronzes, cutlery, iron-mongery, and toys. Various other articles in much esteem withthem, and exported by united states, are fire-arms, side-arms,saddlery, quilts, carpets, clocks, and windows. Ourchampagne, brandy, gin, and kirsch, would find in Siama certain and ready sale in exchange for the produce ofthe country. The attempts for the Americans to have from the
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Attracted by M, Bocourt, from an image. SIAMESE ROPE-DANCER. Chap. II. PACT WITH AMERICA. 103 Siamese national favorable regards to commerce werefor a period fruitless, however in 1833 a treaty had been concludedwith the usa, which proved of but little materialbenefit. An extra embassy from the Western Eepublicfailed completely. Balestier, the envoy, cannot evenobtain an audience from the master, and consequently wasunable to produce his letters of credit. The Americanshad been unfortunate in their selection of Balestier as theirrepresentative, he having formerly held it’s place in a mercantilehouse at Singapore, plus no favor either with theking or his ministers. A treaty was, but eventuallyconcluded involving the two nations. Sir James Brooke, the English ambassador at Bangkok,found their improvements coldly got. Most likely the Com-tfelt aggrieved by the mindset thought by that gentle-man ; but, whatever was why, mattersnearly approaclied to an open rupture. In September,1
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