312 A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS
the remote Archipelagos of the Pacific, and some members of the family may have been left behind, and these mingling with subsequent arrivals from Papuasia and Malaysia may have thus contributed to the present heterogeneous ethnical relations observed by me.
That some connection with the Indo-Malayan region has taken place, seems to be indicated by the presence of the Tangalunga one of the ViverridA , so commonly carried about by these people, and of the herds of buffaloes on the mainland,
animals quite foreign to the Austro-Malayan region, which must have been brought by the Malays, though it is incredible that in their small praus they would carry so great a quadruped as a buffalo. The Timor-laut tribes have, moreover, been long notorious for their piratical habits, attacking all boats passing near their shores, making slaves of the men, and concubines ot the women. In the boats that called at Eitabel on their way home from various parts of the group I have seen being taken back with them women, whom the chain binding them to the mast proclaimed to be slaves captured or bought. 1