words addressed to the Commandant were very appropriate to the commission he held in the district. Altogether it was a specimen of the Malay at his best, as a courtier and a gentleman ; and (to me) a most interesting exhibition of the elegance, the politeness and dignity, which are characteristic of their race.
The dances in vogue are, like themselves, quite different from those in other districts ; they are of several forms, are more lively and are danced with much spirit, some of them having a likeness to European performances, especially one where the dancer in her evolutions balances on her head, shoulders and hands lighted tapers, reminding one of the German Hugel-hupftanz.
Fig. 1. Fig. 2. '
lower of curcuma zerumbet.a a, proce-s of the anther ; b, tubercle of the
a^Ther ; c, ANTHER; D, THE STIGMA. FIG. 1, THE FLOWER SHOWING ITS ORGANS
Ix their normal condition ; fig. 2, when being tisited by a bombus.
-The region about Surulangun is one of great interest, as it *es on the borders of that little-known forest stretching towards edjang and Djambi. Among the birds found here I obtained ue PalA ornis longicauda, with its metallic-green crown, pink iead and black-ringed neck, one of the most chastely-coloured A f the parrots. They used to collect in the highest trees in the *leighbourhood, and were exceedingly difficult to shoot. In a ree near to that occupied by the parrots a species of bee-eater [Merops sumatranus) flocked in such thousands that as they cA ngregated in the evenings they seemed like swarms of bees, aud the hum of their wings could be heard a long way off. By e roads here were some magnificent fig-trees and Diptero-CCLrpeA . In the low forest a common species of the Ginger