Datos were the nobles of the country and their power is still great with the masses. Many of them have made the long pilgrimage to Mecca and have the proud title of a Hadji.a
In Dansalan we met a wealthy Dato, just back from Mecca, who was enthusiastic over the journey. He owned a pony and cart and wanted to buy an automobile, but was discouraged by the Governor, who was afraid he would run into every one on the road.
When his finances permit, the Moro takes unto himself the four wives permitted by the Koran, for all are faithful followers of the Prophet and believers in his Sacred Book. Many Datos have twenty wives, assuming that the a quartet lawa applies only to common Moros. Some of these women of the upper-class harems never go out of the house and are quite fair, hardly resembling Malays. A constabulary officer, who saw one of them after a combat with the Moros, told me that the woman was no darker than a brunette in the States and quite pretty.
Moro women do not fill an important position in the household. The men never forget that their Koran declares women have no souls. Men, on the other hand, have only to die on
A MORO WEAVER.