Buginese and Macassar traders also carry on a considerable traffic in slaves, bringing them from Halmaheira and the coasts of Borneo and Celebes. In this way also may be accounted for some of the race-mingling.
The clothing of the men consists of a narrow T-shaped loincloth, with the ends which hang down in front decorated with red, black and white patchwork, and adorned w ith sections of cowrie-shells and with beads. The women wear a short sarong (Malay petticoat), artistically woven by themselves out of the fibres of the Aloan-palm (B or assus flabellifor mis), suspended by a broad belt made from the stem of its leaf and fastened by an elaborately carved buckle of wood which frequently in married women has been the gift of her husband at the time when herpurchase-money was agreed on, possibly a sort of engagement token. Armlets cut from conns shells, of brass, of ivory, or of wood, carved like those worn by the Ilill Dyaks of Borneo, are worn by both sexes ; while the women have in addition toe-rings and anklets of brass. Bound the helix and *n the lobe of their ears the women wear a graduated series of silver or of gold lor-lora or rings, which in the case of the men is often so heavy as to break away the cartilage. The patterns of these ear ornaments are exceedingly chaste, especially those carved out of bone, of ivory and ebony combined, or of the tooth of the rare and highly-prized dugong (Halicore).
Both sexes tatoo a few simple devices, circles, stars and pointed crosses, on the breast, on the brow, on the cheek, and on the w rists ; and scar, with the utmost equanimity, their arms and shoulders with red hot stones in imitation
small-pox marks, as a charm that will ward off, they think, that disease. I did not, however, see any one variola-marked, nA r could I learn of an epidemic of the disease having appeared among them. As it was considered by the women a mark of beauty to have filed teeth, some of them had only a narrow rim left protruding from their gums.
The men spend a life of savage indolence or indulgence, the women alone are always busily occupied. In the morning,