them to be such, for if they were I should have heard of their propensity long before Mr. Bock ever set his foot in Borneo, for we have occasional intercourse with some of the tribes of the Upper Mahakan, among whom Mr. Bock should have travelled instead of stopping short at Mount Pehau, which can be reached from the sea by steamers, and which feels the influence of the spring tides. Had he accomplished the ascent from this point upwards, he would have endangered his neck, it is true, but he would have travelled over new ground, and added to our knowledge. A few months ago I received a visit from a Long Gelat, named Bau Dias, who lives at the foot of the Mokan ranges, and I put the question relative to the alleged cannibalism of his neighbours, the Trings. He seemed surprised at my asking such a question, and said, 'Of course it is not true, such a practice is unknown to us at Mokan.'
" I do not accuse Mr. Bock of wilfully publishing an untruth, but I fully believe his credulity was practised upon by his companions to discourage in bim any desire to penetrate further into the interior.
" I do not think Mr. Bock will require to return any answer to what I have written. I, for my part, do not wish to engage in any controversy, and disclaim any obligation to make further reply. Brooke Low."
Mr. Brooke Low elsewhere (see supra, p. 145) confirms Mr. Bampfylde's statement, that to make them fearless the conquerors will eat a piece of the flesh of the vanquished. See foot note p. 218.
Mr. De Crespigny was told by the Malays that the Dusuns were cannibals (2eit. Berl. N.F., p. 330); that traveller makes no further mention of the subject. Mr. Alex. Dalrymple (p. 46) practically says he never heard of cannibalism among the Dusuns.
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