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in Annamite ^[[in Chignon, knotted hair.]] or Cambodyeon. Not a word superfluous is said nor heard and the trio is a quiet one. The brown men look steady and serious and do not talk together.
We stop at [[underline]] Mytho [[/underline]] a town at the end of a little R.R from [[underline]] Saigon. [[/underline]] A well built [[strikethrough]] stell [[/strikethrough]] little steel pier and wharf [[underline]] Embankments [[/underline]] of the river [[underline]] well made of stone, [[/underline]] pretty shaded small avenue nearby, and gardens of private houses Well trimmed hedges. All very neat and clean. While [[underline]] Annamites [[/underline]] are [[underline]] unloading some Sampans [[/underline]] into our steamer, [[underline]] walked to the town. [[/underline]] Same Chinese shops, but [[underline]] streets [[/underline]] are [[underline]] wide. [[/underline]] Same Bananas, Orec-Palms, Coconuts etc.
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Varda of bethel leaves for chewing together with some lime pastel. The lime is tinted pink. Chewing together with [[strikethrough]] arec [[/strikethrough]] slices of Orech nuts. Gives all these people [[underline]] swollen lips [[/underline]] and [[underline]] mouth, black teeth [[/underline]] and a [[underline]] red saliva which they spit [[/underline]] out on the floor or in spittoons and which looks like [[underline]] blood. [[/underline]] The bethel leaves and orech nuts one sees offered for sale or transported everywhere. I cannot imagine [[strikethrough]] how [[/strikethrough]] what fun they can find in it. It certainly makes their mouth look hideous [[underline]] Mytho [[/underline]] is a little town about 10000 ^[[habitants]] and has a lycee or [[underline]] college [[/underline]] as they call it here. Some young [[underline]] Annamites [[/underline]] about 14-16 years old, in white suits with the insignia of the lycee come aboard and I start questioning them. They are taught French
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