A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS
along its winding course till it disappeared through a narrow rocky gateway into the blue sea-like plain of Palembang. Below, fields of young corn, dotted with small watch-huts which were so utterly embowered in ConvolvulA ceas that they seemed to be simply immense bunches of yellow and purple flowrers, covered the rich flats all along both banks, and might themselves have marked out the course of the river by
their luxuriant verdure. The Pangeran owned rice-fields, partly inherited, partly purchased, which he informed me were worth A 20,000. He reckoned, however, that his income, from cotton and coffee and other fruits, but principally from buffaloes, was greater than from his rice-fields.
The houses of the Ogan people were all richly carved, and the ornamentation is said to be peculiar to their own valley.
TATA SIMBAR AND TATA AW AN.
The Semindo men (a district lying about a daya s journey to the west) are credited with the invention of the designs; but the Palembangers, who are famous workers in w-ood, are generally the builders, and accommodate each district with the style of a tata a or ornamentation peculiar to itself, which it has retained for generations. The accompanying sketches will illustrate the designs most in vogue. On the lowermost