bamboo staffs, so that in the event of the fish being wounded the bamboo floats and is easily recovered." (i. 92.)
" It often takes place at night by torchlight, the multitude of boats floating about on the dark river, each with its torches, throwing into strong relief the dusky and nearly naked figures of the crew, and partially lighting up the distant gloom of the forest ; the glancing of the paddles, the hushed motions of the rowers, the erect figure of the spearsman with his three-pronged spear, as the little canoes float over the dark river and beneath the high overarching trees, or dash 011 with foaming speed amid the yells of the crew and urged by the contending efforts of rivals to the capture of some large fish, dimly seen struggling at a distance, form a singular and interesting spectacle." (Horsburgh, p. 41.) "Sometimes as much as a couple of tons of fish are taken in a few hours by this method, which in no way renders the fish unfit for eating purposes ; it is always a great event and hundreds of boats crowded with the fairer sex turn out to see the funathe sight reminding one somewhat of the Cam in the May week." (Hose, J.A.I, xxiii. 160.)
" Anybody, whether contributors of tuba or not, may join in the sport of spearing the fish. But as it is only just and right that those who have contributed the tuba should obtain some advantage, this is secured by placing a fence [see below] across the river at some distance below the spot at which the tuba was beaten. This fence is made by firmly planting small posts, bam bus, and c., the rows of posts from the two banks converging towards the centre of the stream where a gap is left. In this gap is fixed the selarnbau. The selarnbau is a large triangular shaped net of coarse strong line, almost flat, but rather baggy at the mouth, in length from ten to fifteen fathoms, and five to ten broad at its mouth. Along each side are a number of lines for drawing it up to the surface. In the annexed sketch a a is the fence from the banks to the mouth of the selarnbau c; b b are two stages built on top of
Diagram of Selarnbau Fish Trap.
Occasionally used when Tuba Fishing. (From a Sketch by Mr. Leggatt.)
Platform on Posts In water used with selarnbau. (From a Sketch by Mr. Leggatt.)Platform on Posts In water used with selarnbau. (From a Sketch by Mr. Leggatt.)