coming should precipitate a riot, but Bu●ddha himself, arriving thus unannounc▓ed, could not have won more boisterous welcome.▓The worshiperserenity.
swept down upon me, s●hrieking their hospitality.Several thr●ust into my hands newly purchased blos▓soms, another—strange action, it s●eemed theSing▓ha
n, in a house of worship—pressed▓ upon me a badly-rolled cigar ●of native make; from every side came candl●es and matches.At the tinkle of▓ a farlese infan
meet m●e and led the way to a balcony overlooking● the lake. In the semi-darkness of a corner s▓quatted, in scanty breechclouts and ample t●urbans, three natives,—low-cas●te coolies, no doubt, to whom fe▓ll the menial tasks within the temp●le inclosure;y sturdy ?/a>
for before each sat what ●appeared to be a large basket.I took s●tation near them with my atten▓dant priests, and awaited “the servi▓ce very important.” Suddenly the cornered tr▓io, each grasping in either hand a weap●on reminiscent of a footpad’s● b坉uring th
illy, stretched their hands high abov▓e their heads and brought them down with a ●crash that would have startled a less phl▓egmatic sahib out of all sanity●.What I had taken for baske▓ts were tom-toms! Without lo●sing a single beat, the drummers began●, wite first ye