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- 5 - There is evidence everywhere of the tremendous rain day before yesterday, which washed out roads and bridges. If we had tried to travel, we would have come to some streams that could not be crossed. We got some fine butterflies. We were escorted across the pass by about 18 soldiers, most of whom were armed by crude, home-made muzzle loaders without sights. July 13. We travelled to Lu^[] Din^[] Chiao^[], the altitude of which is about 4700 feet. Our coolies fooled around on the way so much that many of them arrived long after dark. This is a semi-arid district. Our collectors and I secured some good insects, but not a single bird. Part of the day there was a beautiful snow mountain in sight. Mailed four packages of insects at Lu Ding Chiao. July 14. We travelled from Lu Ding Chiao to Wa-Si-Keo, 60 li. Just before we crossed the Tong River on the chain bridge, we were held up by a customs official. Just after crossing, I was met by a Tibetan hunter who offered to get some mammals for me. I told him how to care for the skins, and to get all he could. We got a few insects. The climate along the Tong River here is semi-arid, and insects are not very plentiful. We filled four bottles with lizards. Here's where I got a new species of lizard, and I hoped at least to get more of the same variety. We should reach Tatsienlu tomorrow afternoon. We have a steep climb of 60 li. One of the coolies got into trouble on the street, and was badly beaten. During the past day we have seen many Chinese who were really half-breed aborigines, especially women.
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