IN THE MOLUCCAS.
flowing by the arrival of our steamer, as if it was a matter in which they had absolutely no interest or concern. They wore little clothing beyond a loin-cloth, and a fringed plaid a a that simplest and most primitive garb of mana about their shoulders; a little bag, heavily ornamented with gold and beads, suspended in front by a string round the hips, contained their betel nut and siri leaves, and tastefully carved bamboo tubes full of tobacco. A Borassus palm leaf for an umbrella completed their costume and accoutrements, except their hats, which, made out of the pure white spathe of the Borassus palm, really exhibit artistic taste A f a very high order. Somewhat A f the shape of the a Devonshire Hat/' so much worn a few years ago, but narrower in proportion, they ^Gre elaborately ornamented with a uiass of flowers and plumes really Wonderfully modelled out of little chips of the spathe. Held in the hand they were singularly graceful ornaments ; but atop of the nativesa curly mops they had rather a gro-
tesque appearance. The indigenes
rarely came down from their own mountain homes to the town, so that very few of the natives I saw crowding the streets Cupang were true Timorese, Mr. Drysdale told me : most them were men from the little island of Solor, and are the servants and'coolies of the place.
Trade is carried on by barter, the most prized article of ^change being a species of bead, by no means plentiful, called y them lahlcai, of an ochreous red colour, evidently some sort of sA ft stone. Whence these beads come is quite unknown, and
110 imitation yet made in Birmingham or elsewhere has been sufficiently exact to deceive the native to give the price of the rUe article for its counterfeita a small string of eight or nine lnehes long costing over A 12.
Another nighta s sail brought us to Dilly, the capital of the ortuguese territory in the east half of the island. Here we A st our genial companions, the Governor and his family, who