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WATERFALL IN BAÖNG.

Between Protong and Jatasari we stopped to see the waterfall of Baöng, which is about twenty minutes walk from the road. On approaching the spot, I found the source of the water to be on a level with the ground on which we stood, but separated from us by a deep, wide chasm, whose sides and floor were completely concealed by wild shrubs and bushes. We descended a short distance, and then, looking up, saw the rushing flow of water, issuing apparently from the trees themselves, so densely thick was the foliage around. The fall is but trifling, not more than sixty feet. Above the chasm, at some distance from it, is a fine range of low hills, covered from crown to base with a jungle of tall trees.

This waterfall is renowned for the tigers and leopards seen in its vicinity, and many assured us it was no unusual sight to see them amid the trees roaming about, more particularly near the reservoir. As we were very incredulous regarding this