who it was that told the lie, but, notwithstanding that, they continue throwing the stone.
At another place, near many cross roads, there is a tree on which are hung innumerable pieces of rag; each person passing tears a little bit of cloth from his costume, and sticks it there. They have forgotten the origin of this practice, but fear for their health if they neglect it. One Dayak observed, "It is like that custom of some European nations giving passports to those who enter or leave their country." If this be a true explanation, it is, perhaps, to give the spirits of the woods notice who have passed that way, and the Dayak's observation shows how quick they are, and how well they remember what they have heard.
They practise various ordeals; among others, two pieces of native salt, of equal weight, are placed in water, and that appertaining to the guilty party melts immediately ; the other, they affirm, keeps its form ; but, in fact, the one that disappears first proves the owner to be in the wrong. Another ordeal is with two land shells, which are put on a plate and lime-juice squeezed upon them, and the one that moves first shows the guilt or innocence of the owner, according as they have settled previously whether motion or rest is to prove the case. They talk of another, where the hand is thrust into boiling water or oil, and innocence is proved by no injury resulting. The favourite ordeal, however, is dipping the head under water, and the first who puts up his face to breathe loses the case.
I need only observe, concerning their language, that the Sibuyaus, the Balaus, the Undups, the Batang Lupars, the Sakarangs, the Seribas, and those inhabi-I need only observe, concerning their language, that the Sibuyaus, the Balaus, the Undups, the Batang Lupars, the Sakarangs, the Seribas, and those inhabi-