wonderful power and accuracya at each other. Most of the men had round the waist ammunition pouches of thick buffalo-hide, in form much like European cartridge-belts, with compartments for the small bamboo cylinders in which they keep gunpowder, shot, flints, balls of lead or of ruby crystals gathered out of the river beds ; here and there a man from the western kingdoms of the Portuguese territory could be told by the excellence of the construction of these accoutrements, and the elegant way in which they were studded with large tin-headed nails, or with rows of Dutch silver coins, and occasionally with an English sovereign among them transfixed by a nail through its centre.
The women wear very few ornamentsa a few arm-bands of silver or horn, and occasionally earrings, and, transfixing the knot in which their hair was gathered behind, a high semicircular comb, elaborately carved in beautiful and complex patterns. These are said to be given by the youths to their sweethearts, and possibly represent a sort of engagement token. Their dress was a simple tunic, the taisfeta, hung from the waist or from the armpits to the knees.
The women did all the selling and buying, while the men strutted about exchanging with each other drinks of palm* winea to which they are inordinately given. Besides the different food stuffs, there were exposed for sale on the ground, piles of those beautiful cloths, entirely spun and woven by themselves, in which both between themselves and among the surrounding islands a large trade is done, and cigarette and tobacco holders exquisitely w'oven out of thin shreds of palm-leaf, on which are worked in additional fibres most artistic coloured designs in yellow7, red, and black, of dyes made also by themselves ; the red out of the nut of the Morinda Autrifolia, the yellow from the epi-dermis of an epidendric orchid called ornamentation on small suaik, and the black (or dark blue) bamboo.
from the indigo. The favourite and typical carved ornamentation that I observed on their weapons and accoutrements* and