TWO YEARS IN THE JUNGLE.
round to have a good look at the 44 orang-putei a (white man), who repaid their inspection in full, principal and interest.
From the numerous posts which ran up through the house there hung a great many deer antlers, lower jaws of wild boar, parongs, back-baskets (juahs), fish-traps, paddles and spears. Naked children scudded hither and thither over the floor, chasing the fowls, teasing the dogs and playing wTith the little gibbon, all of which rightfully belonged to the population of the village. As we entered, we found a young woman with a five-foot bamboo pail on her shoulder just starting to the river for water; one man was sitting on the floor making a fish-trap, and another was hewing out a new door with his a biliong,a or adze-axe.
We were seated in a long hall, which extended without any division the entire length of the house, and occupied a trifle more than half the entire structure. It was on the open side of the house and faced the open-air platform. Along the other side of the house, likewise extending its entire length from one end to the other, was a row of sixteen rooms, each about twelve feet square, entered by a single door from the middle passage.
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Plan of Dyak Long-house.
All the timbers of the house were lashed together with rattans, not a nail nor even a wooden pin being used anywhere. Nor were any of the timbers mortised together at any point. The Dyak idea of fastening two objects together is to lash them with green rattan ; civilized man believes in nailing, pinning, mortising, or fastening with screws.
The floor was of narrow strips of the nibong palm, an inch and a half wide, lashed to the sleepers about an inch apart, thus giving a floor more open than lattice-work. The wall which divided the rooms from the open hall was of wide boards hewn out with the a biliong,a placed upright, and lashed together and to a base-board with rattans. Each door was one wide board with a projecting