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[Captain Gill (River of Golden Sand, II. p. 263) writes: There were
chestnut trees..; and the Kwei-Hua, a tree - Page 130
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[Captain Gill (River Of Golden Sand, II.

P. 263) writes:

"There were chestnut trees..; and the Kwei-Hua, a tree 'with leaves like the laurel, and with a small white flower, like the clove,' having a delicious, though rather a luscious smell. This was the Cassia, and I can find no words more suitable to describe it than those of Polo which I have just used." - H. C]

Ethnology. - The Chinese at Ch'eng-tu fu, according to Richthofen, classify the aborigines of the Sze-ch'wan frontier as Man-tzu, Lolo, Si-fan, and Tibetan. Of these the Si-fan are furthest north, and extend far into Tibet. The Man-tzu (properly so called) are regarded as the remnant of the ancient occupants of Sze-ch'wan, and now dwell in the mountains about the parallel 30 deg., and along the Lhasa road, Ta-t'sien lu being about the centre of their tract. The Lolo are the wildest and most independent, occupying the mountains on the left of the Kin-sha Kiang where it runs northwards (see above p. 48, and below p. 69) and also to some extent on its right. The Tibetan tribes lie to the west of the Man-tzu, and to the west of Kien-ch'ang. (See next chapter.)

Towards the Lan-ts'ang Kiang is the quasi-Tibetan tribe called by the Chinese Mossos, by the Tibetans Guions, and between the Lan-ts'ang and the Lu-Kiang or Salwen are the Lissus, wild hill-robbers and great musk hunters, like those described by Polo at p. 45.

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