MY THIRD START FOR KINA BALU.aDATU TUMANGGONG AGAIN ASSISTS TO THE TAMPASSUK ONLY.
-SULTAN PAITAILAN.aOUR INTERPRETER.-GHINAMBUR.-DUSUNS.-FORDING THE RIVER.-
BUFFALOES BECOME USELESS.-ANOTHER SULTAN.-SINOROB.-MELANGKAP.-MOUNTAINOUS
SURROUNDINGS.aDUSUN HOMES.-CUSTOMS.-COSTUME.-CROPS.aMARKETS.-TRAPS.-HOUSEHOLD UTENSILS.-MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-WEAPONS.aHOSPITALITY.-HEALTH.aRELIGION.-
HEAD-HUNTING.-MARRIAGE.aBURIAL.-DOMESTIC ANIMALS.aLAND.aPAYING PORTERS.aTHE
SULTAN GUIDES US TO KINA BALU (?).-OUR CAMP.-RAMBLES ON THE MOUNTAIN.-BIRDS.-
BUTTERFLIES.aFROG-HUNTERS.aRETURN TO MELANGKAP.-THE POLL (TAX) COW.-WANT OF
RICEaRETURN TO THE COAST.aPURCHASE A BOAT TO RETURN TO LABUAN.aZOOLOGICAL RESULTS OF THE EXPEDITION.
T was not until the 25th January that I was again able to leave Labuan for Kina Balu. My followers consisted of six Kadyans, one Chinaman, and a large black Chinese dog called Jack. We started at midnight, arriving at Pulo Gaya soon after mid-day, and steamed into Abai harbour about 12 o'clock the following morning. The sea was rough, and had the usual effect on myself. We had, however, the good fortune to get over the bar, and landed all the baggage in safety, close to the old house, which is in a slightly more tumble-down condition than it was last year.
I had letters from the Government officials to their paid chiefs, Datu Tumanggong and others, which I despatched to Tampassuk the next morning by some of my men. The following morning the Datu arrived with some of his retainers and carried my baggage to the Tampassuk, where I put up in a tumble-down shed belonging to the Company. However, with the help of a large waterproof sheet we were able to keep out the rain which poured in upon us through sundry large holes, made by falling coconuts from the palms overhead.
The next morning I called upon the Datu, but after wasting three hours of wTeary palaver I left the old man's house without the least chance of obtaining the desired buffaloes through his assistance. Though quite willing to carry baggage between the Tampassuk and Abai, it was now quite evident to me that I should never be able to leave for the mountain through this man's aid. I think he is really unable by his influence to