i86 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
looking-glass and ran away, amid the laughter of the crowd of girls. The example had a great effect, however, and before evening the following girls had received a looking-glass. I mention their names as specimens :aIkara, Beiom Sugan, Rambeiong, Idungat, Tirandam, Idong, Sei and Sineo. Among the males near were Kadsio, the trouser-maker, Bintarang, Lakaman, and Banul who had lent us the kitchen." (ibid i. 331.) The following is the account of what made Kadsio remarkable : "Among those who accompanied us to Marei Parei was a young lad, who was paid for his services in gray shirting and thin brass wire. As soon as he had received them, he cut off three inches of the wire, and began beating out one end and sharpening the other; it was to make a needle. His sister brought him some native-made thread ; then with his knife he cut the cloth into a proper shape, and set to work to make a pair of trousers ; nor did he cease his occupation till they were finished, and by evening he was wearing them." (ibid i. 321.)
"By treating them with kindness and consideration I always found them willing to do their best to please me, though towards each other they are excessively selfish. On arriving at a village I have seen two men drink the contents of a large cocoa-nut, while a third, equally thirsty, would not be offered a drop, though these men had been travelling companions for months." (Whitehead, p. 126.)
" While the British North Borneo Government have had considerable trouble with the Muruts on the Padass river, the Sarawak Government, since the annexation of the Limbang and Trusan rivers, have had no such troubles, on the contrary, during 1889, when Mr. O. F. Ricketts and Dr. Havilland penetrated into the far interior of the district, they were received in an hospitable manner at all the different villages they visited." (S. G. No. 347 p. 198.)
" The Muruts are not as treacherous as the Bajows or Sulu, nor as bloodthirsty as many other tribes in Borneo, though quite bad enough ; but the Government of Brunei had a good deal to do writh this, as it never made the least attempt to stop feuds which existed between various tribesain fact rather encouraged them, so that they should not combine to resist its authority ; thus these feuds increased instead of being suppressed, and the Muruts obtained the name of being the worst race along the coast." (O. F. Ricketts, S. G. No. 347 p. 213.)
" It may be mentioned that the Muruts where they have come under the influence of the Government have altered considerably for the better, their blood feuds have almost died out and the custom of handing over two slaves as part of the compensation is a thing of the past. They have now turned their attention to making more extensive farms and working jungle produce and are amenable to law and order. Neither the influence of civilization, however, or anything else will, it is to be feared, ever cure them of their drunkenness." (Ricketts, S. G. No. 348, p. 18.)
" The morality of these people does not appear to be worse than that of other tribes ; they have a respect for each other's property and quarrels" The morality of these people does not appear to be worse than that of other tribes ; they have a respect for each other's property and quarrels