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their cold and stiff arms entwined round each other. Cases are not of very rare occurrence among the Sakarang Dayaks, where disappointed love has sought solace in the grave.
Of the warmth of married affection, I have never heard a more striking instance than the following :a the story has been told before, but it is worth repeating. Ijau, a Balau chief, was bathing with his wife in the Lingga river, a place notorious for man-eating alligators, when Indra Lela, a Malay, passing in a boat remarkeda" I have just seen a very large animal swimming up the stream." Upon hearing this, Ijau told his wife to go up the steps and he would follow ; she got safely up, but he, stopping to wash his feet, Was seized by the alligator, dragged into the middle of the stream, and disappeared from view. His wife hearing a cry turned round, and seeing her husband's fate sprang into the river, shrieking, "Take me also ! " and dived down at the spot where she had seen the alligator sink with his prey. No persuasion could induce her to come out of the water ; she swam about, diving in all the places most dreaded from being a resort of ferocious reptiles, seeking to die with her husband ; at last her friends came down and forcibly removed her to their house.
Husbands and wives appear to pass their lives very "agreeably together, which may partly be caused by the facility of divorce. Many men and women have been married seven or eight times before they find the partner with whom they desire to spend the rest of their lives. I saw a girl of seventeen who had already had three husbands. These divorces take
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