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The Bajaus are the people who murdered Burns, the traveller. (De Crespigny. Berl. Zeit. N. F. v. 334.)
The Balignini pirates met with on the coast are really Bajaus and come from a small island on the north of Sulu. They were thoroughly thrashed by the Spaniards in 1848. In 1879 ^ey " murdered or kidnapped 65 people in North Borneo, and have since then committed other minor acts of piracy, but it is believed these outrages are now, practically speaking, things of the past." (Guillemard : Malaysia 241.)
"On the N.E. part of Borneo is a savage piratical people, called Oran Tedong, or Tiroon, who live far up certain rivers. The Sooloos have lately subdued them, by getting the Rajah (or chief) into their power. These Oran Tedong fit out vessels large and small, and cruise among the Philippine islands, as has been formerly said. They also cruise from their own country, west to Pirate's Point, and down the coast of Borneo, as far as the island Labuan. After an excursion I once made from Balambangan to Patatan, a little beyond the island Pulo Gaya ; on my return, I put into a small bay, east of Pirate's Point almost opposite Balambangan. There appeared nine Tedong pirates, in vessels of small size, about that of London wherries below bridge. Several Badjoo boats being in the bay at the same time, the people laid the boats close to the shore, landed, and clapt on their (Ranty) iron-ring jackets for defence. The pirates kept in a regular line, put about, and stretched off altogether,
soft parts of their ears when young, into which they thrust large plugs and by continual pulling down these plugs, the holes grow in time so large, that when they come to man's estate their ears hang down to their very shoulders. The biggest end of the plug is as broad as a crown piece, and is tipt with a thin plate of wrought gold. The men of quality do generally pull out their fore teeth and put gold ones in their room. They sometimes wear, by way of ornament, rows of tygers' teeth strung and hung round their necks and bodies."
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