THE KAYANS OF BAR AM.
which Sir James Brooke and myself, and last, not least, the wonderful steamer, were mentioned with warm eulogies, and every now and then the whole assembly joined in chorus with great delight.
Tamawan now sat down and talked about headhunting again. He said that when the Kayans attacked a village, they only killed those who resisted or attempted to escape ; the rest they brought home with them, turning them in fact into field slaves. He declared, however, that his great village, and twenty-one more, were averse to the practice of head-hunting, but that over the twenty-eight other villages he had no influence. The above forty-nine villages he went over by name, and mentioned likewise the principal chief in each. They asserted that a village was considered small that had only a hundred families, while a large one contained four hundred. If we may judge from the account he gave of the town opposite which we were anchored, he must have underrated considerably. He said this contained two hundred families, but after going over the numbers in each village-house, we came to the conclusion that there were at least five hundred families in Langusin. But as long as head-hunting is considered an honourable pursuit, and the acquisition of Murut slaves enables the chiefs to live without labour, it will be impossible to put a stop to their forays.
Tamawan had excited himself on this subject, and again feeling very thirsty after all the information he had given me, looked about for something to drink. I was beginning to congratulate myself on its being finished, when he spoke to a very pretty girl who wasTamawan had excited himself on this subject, and again feeling very thirsty after all the information he had given me, looked about for something to drink. I was beginning to congratulate myself on its being finished, when he spoke to a very pretty girl who was