Maxwell Soinmerville, in bis book "Siara on the Meinam, From the Gulf to Ayuthia," says that, the chewing of the betel uut being a comxnon habit, at every little distance as yon go through the bazaar of Bangkok may bw seen petty merchants busy making and selling the preparation so universally masticated. "The leaves in which the prepared mixture is wrapped are from a vine known as the chavica betel. The nut is from the arica betel palm, which reaches a height of about60 feet, whose branches bear several large bunches of nuts, which b urden and redden as they ripen, and which resemble somewhat the bnnches of fruit on the date bearing palm. The dealers cut up their green leaves into the proper triangular form, crack the nuts, and with wooden spatnlas work the tumeric stained juice into a paste. It is amusing to see how skillfully they form the pieces of green leaf into pointed, cone shaped cups, into each one of which they place a portion of the ingredients. "