National Geographic : 1914 Apr
FEEDING THE PEOPLE AT POONAKHA, OUTSIDE MY CAMP, AFTER THE DURBAR We distributed doles to the poor in the neighborhood. More than a thousand turned up, a most quiet and orderly crowd, who waited with the greatest patience each for his turn. I had them marshaled in double lines, sitting on the ground, and Rennick and Campbell passed down the lines, giving each person a four-anna bit. Even the babies were made to hold out their hands, though the parents speedily seized the coin. every expression of friendliness by the lama, a brother of the late Shabdung Rimpoche, who invited me to look at everything I wanted and broke open seals on boxes and doors in order to allow me to examine his treasures. I fancy this is the first time any European had been al lowed to do such a thing, and the treas ures were worth seeing, especially the old embroidered banners. Even the late Shab dung's dwelling was opened and I was allowed to enter his private rooms, the greatest honor they could confer on me. All we required was provided and ev erything done for our comfort, and the lama (see page 415) was quite hurt that we were unable to stay longer and accept more of his hospitality. The ladies who had entertained me at Ta-lo later came to Poonakha and paid me a visit. After listening to the gramo phone, with which they were much pleased, they went away, taking with them some silks for themselves and toys for their children. With them came the head of Ta-lo, the Tango Lama, a man about 40, and his younger brother, Nin ser Talku, about II years old. In the evening the lama came back to dine with us, accompanied by the Thimbu Jongpen, but I do not know that on this occasion the dinner itself was an actual success, as the lama was not allowed to eat fowl or mutton, our principal stand-bys, and the Thimbu excused his want of appetite by saying he had already dined.