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Identifier: travelsincentral01mouh
Title: Travels in the central parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos : during 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
Contributing Library: University of Connecticut Libraries
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casions wear a rich,suit, consisting of drawers, vest, belt, and a large tunic.They go barefoot, rarely having even sandals. They arenot of a migratory nature, but have their fixed habita-tions, and are fond of elegance and luxury. Yery imi-tative in their ways, they feel a pride in putting on aEuropean dress; and some of those made after thefashion of Louis XIV.s reign are still preserved, espe-cially among the descendants of the Portuguese, whoare numerous. The unifornis of the soldiers are copiedfrom those of Europe; and the Avhole nation has a greattaste for our Parisian furniture, cotton, silk, and woollenfabrics, porcelain, china, glass, bronzes, cutlery, iron-mongery, and toys. Other articles in much esteem withthem, and exported by us, 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 efforts of the Americans to obtain from the

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Drawn by M, Bocourt, from a Photograph. SIAMESE ROPE-DANCER. Chap. II. TREATY WITH AMERICA. 103 Siamese Government favourable terms of commerce werefor a time fruitless, but in 1833 a treaty was concludedwith the United States, which proved of but little materialbenefit. A second embassy from the Western Eepublicfailed completely. Balestier, the envoy, could not evenobtain an audience from the king, and consequently wasunable to deliver his letters of credit. The Americanshad been unfortunate in their choice of Balestier as theirrepresentative, he having formerly been in a mercantilehouse at Singapore, and in no favour either with theking or his ministers. A treaty was, however, eventuallyconcluded between the two nations. Sir James Brooke, the English ambassador at Bangkok,found his advances coldly received. Possibly the Com-tfelt aggrieved by the attitude assumed by that gentle-man ; but, whatever may have been the reason, mattersnearly approaclied to an open rupture. In September,1

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