i78 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
retire for a nap, leaving him still going on with his ' Klakar ' and repetitions." (Gospel Miss. Sept. 1872, p. 134.)
On a Kayan expedition : 44 The first man to speak after I had finished was Balang of Katibus, who was an ugly little broad man, with the jowl of a hog. He had sparkling eyes, and was dressed in all the colours of the rainbow. The Kayans had burnt his house, and taken all his property. He spoke exceedingly well, and I wished from my heart my speech could have been so telling. He saida4 I have no wish to return if the force is not successful, and am prepared to stake everything on this attack. The enemy has deprived me of all my property already, and many of my relations and people have been killed ; they may now cook my head, if I can't get theirs.' He added, 4 The chiefs, as the Tuan says, should be responsible for their people ; and I recommend others to follow my example, and beat their followers if they refuse to obey orders.' " (Brooke ii. 255.)
" Like other tribes in the same state of civilization, the Sea Dyaks are fond of oratory ; and while the elders are discoursing or delivering long speeches, the young lads look gravely on, never indulging in a laugh, which would be regarded as a serious offence." (St. John i. 49.)
" The Sakarang Dyaks have a great admiration for a man who talks fluently and well ; and it is common with them to comment critically on these points. For instance, they would say, ' He can't talkahe knows nothing ! ' ' He is clever in speech : we are fond of hearing him.' Some of their best orators are copious in drawing comparisons, and making compliments as flowery as some of the speeches in the 'Arabian Nights.' Thusa4 The heart is as large as the highest mountain, and as brave as the beasts that live thereon ; your eyes only to be compared to the sparkling rays of the sun ; your thoughts equal to the purity of the stream passing over gravelly beds ; and your wisdom is like the fertility of the richest soil.' However, these preludes to speech are being rapidly curtailed ; and in court, if an old chief begins with the flowery oratory on which he prides himself so much, people (particularly myself) ask him to be kind enough to favour his audience with the fruit without the flowers, or the contents without the shells, or words from the heart in preference to those from the mouth only ; even then, it is sufficiently difficult to understand and follow the thread of many old cases whose history runs through all sorts of tortuous branches on every side for generations. (Brooke, i. 368.) My first Dyak case in the Sakarang country was brought by a band, who complained of having had the whole of their goods seized from their rooms while they were absent at their farms ; and on making inquiry, I found this abstraction had taken place because a pig had been stolen by the complainants' father forty years before. The palaver among themselves took place in a Chinese house, and the arguments for and against lasted five days, the discussion being frequently carried on till day-break. The case, still not being settled, was brought to me for final arrangement." (ibid i. 137.)
Another dispute is related by Sir Chas. Brooke as follows :
" An attack, only a few miles above the Sakarang fort, took place between one village and another, in which one Dyak was shot. It happened thus ;" An attack, only a few miles above the Sakarang fort, took place between one village and another, in which one Dyak was shot. It happened thus ;