GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
honour,a as the Dutch proverb hath it. This particular way of cleansing the hair is a national institution among the Javanese. And as such it is celebrated in the legends of the race, and in the tales of the olden time, which are still repeated of an evening among friends.
The scholar of the party, by the light of an oil-wick, reads from a greasy manuscript which he has hired
for the evening at the price of one a pitji.a * It is the story of the beautiful beggarmaid, who wanders from village. She does not know her own name or who were her parents, having, in infancy, been stolen by-robbers. One dayr she comes begging to the gates of the palace. The Rajah orders the guards to admit the suppliant, and his Raden-Ajoe t causes a repast to be
* About twopence. f Chief wife.