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valuation of five pence on these articles, much to the Pangeran's chagrin." (Brooke i. 317.)59
Archdeacon Perham writes of the effect 44 not of a regular hail storm but of large hail stones with rain which fell on the Mission Station at Sibitan, a branch of the Krian. Some Dyaks in my house at the time carefully collected the hail in the palms of their hands and breathed upon them, with the idea of preserving them, thinking them to be batu ujan (not ujan batu which would have a different meaning), and believing themselves to have gotten a rare Obat or charm. But of course their rising hopes were soon extinguished by the melting of the hail. In a Dyak house near, the consternation was intense. It was feared that the whole house with everybody and everything in it would be suddenly petrified into a solid rockaa woful monument to future generations. To prevent this catastrophe they boiled the hail stones in their prioks (cooking pots), and cut off locks of their hair and burnt them. One family had serious thoughts of leaving the house, and probably would have done so had not the storm soon ceased. One of my Mission school boys wras in the house at the time, and suggested that the hail was only from rain which he had heard about from the Tuan, and would readily melt, but his precocious knowledge was pooh-poohed. 4 How could he know better than his elders?' I asked some of the old men if they had ever seen hail before, and they mentioned some misty recollections they had of such a storm in Saribas in olden time." (S. G. No. in.)
At Sarambo Sir Jas. Brooke particularly remarked : 44 The relics of the tribe, deposited in a small room at one end of the apartment where they danced. These consisted of several smooth stones, resembling the priapus of the Hindoos, some deers' horns, and other inferior trumpery. The stones are very like those so frequently seen in the temples in India, and here they are held
59 .A when travelling through the Landak (Dutch Borneo) district, I was shown by different people a sort of rough round little black diamond, about half the size of a pea. Not ' fancy,' but 4 faith ' ought to be the name for this little fellow which always fetches a high price, and shields its wearer from all bodily injury. The Rajah of Sarawak (so the princess of Ngabon assured me) had swallowed one of these life-preserving pills, and lo ! Kaffir though he be, is declared a invulnerable ' ! ! " (S. G., No. 95.)
Bundle of Charms consisting of bits of wood, two Chinese celadons, beads, bast and a packet of cotton ; some of the wood cut head shaped. From S. E. Borneo (Leiden Mus.)
Charms, consisting of twigs, and bundles of small pieces of wood, small bones, a seed, and three canines. J nat. size. From S. E. Borneo (Leiden Mus.)