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hold from seventy to eighty men. This also has a roof to fight from. They are generally painted, and the stern ornamented with feathers.
Both descriptions of war-boats are remarkably swift, notwithstanding such apparent top-weight. To proceed: a
DYAK WAR PRAHU
W e hove to, to speak to those on board of the canoes, and were informed by them that the pirates had sustained a severe defeat, and that the European force was about to. descend the river on their return to Kuchin. As a proof of the victory having been gained, they produced several heads which had been taken in the fight.
W e proceeded about six miles further up the river, when we discovered the European boats and crews lying at anchor abreast of the smoking ruins of what had been a Malay town. Here we learnt that the pirates had been completely routed, after a desperate resistance, that four large towns had been burnt, and seventy-five brass guns of the country, called leilas, had been captured. The victory, however, had not been gained without loss on our side, and had the pirates been better prepared, we must have suffered much more. Several of the