THE HAPHAZARD JOURNEY 17
fellow-passengers. And this launch was only one of the many that were skimming the lake.
In Sumatra's small neighbour Niasa the climax of the journeya I found savagery and superstition as they have existed through the generations. There, in the presence of Dutch officers, who stand for the new order, I saw the warriors of old King Wakil. I saw his trophies of old wars. I saw his barbaric robes, and heavy gold crowns. And I saw a row of heads that looked to me suspiciously fresh. Still, that may have been my imagination. The Dutch official said it was.