together, they were not shunned by their neighbours, who even intermarried with them. The offspring of these unions took sometimes after the one, sometimes after the other parent.
In looking eagerly at their faces I saw more than their features only ; their presence there was an excerpt out of a long history. In imagination I saw past them down the dim avenues of Timea a far far crya to their early progenitors, and pictured their weary retreat, full of strange and romantic vicissitudes from a more northern clime till forced off the mainland by superior might, into exile in this remote isle, where as a surviving remnant amid its central heights, thev
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are living united but not incorporated with the surrounding race whose pedigree has no link in common with their own.
What the pedigree of the Timorese is I have not sufficient evidence for forming any decided opinion ; but that they are a race in which many elements commingle seems certain. I saw no one with what I can with perfect truth designate as a black skin a such as seen among the Aru islanders. Tall, well-proportioned men, with frizzly hair, and of a rich yellowish brown or of a chocolate colour, I saw in abundance, as well as short, stumpy men, with straight hair on the head and with no lack of beard and moustaches. Mr. Earl * has also noticed the a great differences exhibited by the peoples of the tableland above Dilly. Some of the natives have a dull yellow colour ; the parts exposed to the sun are covered
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* * The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago,a 1853, p. 170.