i86 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
Sea Dyaks by his going about, after bathing, with no clothes on, considering he was only surrounded by " niggers."
" As the wife works hard, she is generally very strong and capable of taking her own part. She is very jealous of her husband, much more so than he is of her. If he be found flirting with another woman, the wife may inflict a severe thrashing on her, but only with sticks, while if the offending woman have a husband, he may do the same to the man. To escape these domestic broils, he generally starts off into the jungle, and pretends to or really does go head-hunting." (St. John i. 56.)
" I will give one instance of their intense desire for admiration, and their vindictive (though puerile) spirit of jealousy. A Saribus Dyak girl formed a violent attachment to a young fellow, and they were, to the best of my knowledge, an engaged couple. On paying a visit to the long house in which they both lived, I produced a volume of Byron's Illustrated Beauties, and showed them to the people. The young man so admired them, that I made him a present of the lot, one of which he particularly eulogised and set apart as being angelic. He little knew what dark and deep-set frowns his remarks were calling forth from his living love. Some days after I called again, and on seeing the pictures, found the special beauty's face scratched and disfigured over the eye and nose. The young man thought it had been done by some of the children of the house ; but as the remainder were unharmed, we could lay the blame to no one but his lady-love." (Brooke i. 71.)
Silver Plate, Fastened on to pillow ends, 6in. x 3fin.
Baram River.Baram River.