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Though not so large as formerly, these timber rafts are still sometimes 400 or 500 ft.
From Jalalabad downwards the river is navigable by boats or rafts of inflated skins, and is considerably used for purposes of commerce.
It is a rapid river of considerable volume, and below Erzingan is navigable, down stream, for rafts.
Many of them live on the borders of the Mekong and the great lake, in huts built upon piles or floating rafts.
But some were in the island long before the arrival of the whites, and must consequently have been brought by native vessels or on rafts.