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TILE ADVENTURES OE REUBEN DAVIDGER.
the doomed boat one of those ridiculous charms he has so much faith in." Never in my life did I so bitterly bewail the ignorance of the heathen.
The*, however, was no time for explanation. There could be no harm in taking my goods with me ; indeed, there was no opportunity to discuss the utility of the proceeding, for, under Ribut Bungat's direction, the fellows began ransacking the place, and laid all they found in a heap, from which, with his own hand, the old chief helped me to dress. The most massive and precious ear-drops I possessed lie himself placed in my ears, and threw over my head all my necklaces, which were five in number, and all of more or less value. Besides these I drew on my golden wristlets and anklets, twenty-eight in all, and making together such a weight as made it a labour to lift either of my limbs ; then, with my leopard-skin mantle on my shoulders, and my state headdress, composed of grey monkey-skin and ivory and gold, I signified that I was ready: and so we set out for that part of the beach that lay just under the brow of the bill.
On the shore were congregated a vast number of people, and at the water's edge was a sampan of the largest size, with its paddles, and two jars, one containing rice and the other water. Jars, paddles, and sampan were painted the glaring and ominous colour, and, amid the yells and execrations of a thousand voices, I was invited to enter the treacherous boat which was to drift me to death. As I stepped on board, Ribut Bungat was close by, and though, for the sake of appearance, he was forced to draw back from my proffered hand, he regarded me very kindly, and softly uttered the single wordaa word which was as precious as all the wealth concealed within my mouth, and within iny sandals, and draped about me from top to toea
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