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I find a new master, and become a pearl-fisheraMy hoarded pearls do me good serviceaTangah, the driver, attempts a swindle which costs him his lifeaI become a great man at MomparaaMy joyfnl deliverance and return to my native land.
i S I liad anticipated this interview with the Orangs Kaln and Sapasis, I had, while in the hut, pondered whether I should make known to them my entire history, and appeal to their generosity to help me to make my way to England ; but I could not help reflecting that there were many difficulties in the wray. At that time, the Dyaks, as a nation, knew no distinction between Frenchmen, and Englishmen, and Portuguese ; they were all classed under the hated catalogue of " white men," the daring invaders of their territory, the assailers of their prahus, the owners of the mighty ship of war which, by a single roar of its great cannon, could mow down fleets of sampans, and blow to atoms forts that it had been the labour of years to build. Under such circumstances, then, it was not advisable to appeal for mercy to my captors on the score that I was an Englishman. Truly, I might have demanded my liberty, and warned them of the terrible vengeance my countrymen would take if they discovered that I was detained against my will ; but I had had experience enough of Dyak manners to know that, if they saw any difficulty in this direction, they would, without any scruple, by making me shorter by a head, effectually spoil all chances of my identity.
Again, if it had seemed politic to have declared my nationality, it would have been no easy matter to have convinced them of it, for certainly I was, at that time, the brownest " white man " the sun ever tanned ; indeed, I had seen many nativesafor, as among more delicate-skinned folk, there are fair and dark among the Dyaksawho were ofAgain, if it had seemed politic to have declared my nationality, it would have been no easy matter to have convinced them of it, for certainly I was, at that time, the brownest " white man " the sun ever tanned ; indeed, I had seen many nativesa for, as among more delicate-skinned folk, there are fair and dark among the Dyaksa who were of