GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
and kick each other to the greater amusement of native sporting circles.
On the training of a game-cock, his owner spends much time, care and forethought. The birda s diet is regulated to a nicety: so much boiled rice per diem, so much water, so much meat, hashed fine and mixed with medicinal herbs. Once a week a bath is given him, after which he is taken in his coop to a sunny place to dry; and he is subjected to a regular course
Here they are: without plaything naked, and supremely happy.
of massage at the hands of his trainer, who, taking the bird into his lap, with careful finger and thumb, a pichitsa or shampoos the muscles of neck, wings and legs, to make them supple and strong. Connoisseurs arrive from compound and a kampongsa to exchange criticisms. The age, strength and agility of rival birds are discussed at length and finally, when there is a sufficient number in good condition, a match is arranged.
The amateurs arrive at the spot, each carrying his