GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
condition for fighting. He is now, for some days, fed upon rice sprinkled with cayenne-pepper, to a prick him in his couragea ; and then taken to the arena. His antagonist is there, in his narrow bamboo-cage, quivering with impatience under the touch of his trainera s brush of grass-blossoms; the cages are placed over against one another; and as soon as they are opened,
Scene in a Wayang-Wong place.
the two a changkriksa rush at each other. The one who is first thrown or who turns tail and flies, is beaten; and great is the glory of the victor. The Javanese often stake comparatively important sums on fighting crickets. And there is always a chance that the quarrel of the tiny champions may be fought out by their owners.