National Geographic : 1938 Sep
ONLY ONE CARRIER STAYED WITH THE EXPEDITION THROUGHOUT THE LONG FIVE-WEEKS'TREK AMONG THE BIG KNOT LOIS Native boys were often hired from village to village rather than for the complete journey. During forced marches inthe Orient, substitute porters often carry the supplies and the regular men tramp along empty-handed to conserve their energy. Swift torrents, swollen by rains, descend from the mountains and spread out in wide, shallow beds on reaching the plains. After the rains, such wide expanses become barren wastes broken by threads of water.