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On Secret Service: Afghan Beggar Spies in an Indian Bazaar
Laotian Girl in Her Teens

ON SECRET SERVICE: AFGHAN BEGGAR SPIES IN AN INDIAN BAZAAR

LAOTIAN GIRL IN HER TEENS

The East is overrun with plots and political double-dealing. The wandering mendicants and beggars who haunt the bazaars figure largely in the maze of intrigues. These ragged figures with their begging-bowls, which they thrust before passers-by, glean much valuable information in their wanderings, and are always prepared to sell it to the highest bidder in their native land Like most of her people she is inclined to be lazy and fond of gossip, but she is devoted to music and flowers. The silken scarf across her shoulder is her pride, and must match exactly the bright hue of the petticoat