The jacket is short, with very tight sleeves, and ornamented down the front with cross braids and buttons, which are often of gold. Their trousers are either of the loose Chinese pattern or of the Sulu cut, which is decidedly peculiar. The seat is enormously bagged and contains enough material for another pair; below the knee they are as tight as they are loose elsewhere, buttoned halfway up the outside of the leg, and barred with black stitching. Round the waist is wound in many folds bands of gaudy-coloured cloth, the object of this being as a protection from each other's "barongs," which weapon is nothing more or less than a butcher's cleaver. A turban completes the dress of the Sulu, which is
often a Battak head-cloth, worked by the women in silks. The Sulu is such a treacherous scoundrel himself, and has generally a vendetta hanging over him, that he imagines everyone he meets to be the same, and consequently is never seen without his weapons, which consist of an enormously long heavy spear, a barong, or kris, and often a Snider rifle or a revolver. In Taguso I never met a Sulu unarmed, and in their own houses they either wear or nurse their " barong." Such was the state of Sulu society in 1887.
The dress of the women consists of a tight-fitting short jacket and a pair of loose trousers ; a sarong is generally worn over one shoulder. All these garments are made of the brightest of colours ; and as many of the young Sulu women are very pretty, when dressed in their best they are by no means to be despised.
The Sulus generally congregate in small villages ; these villages are compact, as the inhabitants live in a perpetual state of vendetta with others often living but a few miles distant. Slaves are kept by all the better class, are generally seized for debt, and are often Dusuns.
The Sulu is a Mohammedan, and buries his dead in small cemeteries some distance from the village. The accompanying sketch is of a Sulu grave-yard in Palawan. The graves are raised about a foot from the ground, the sides being built up with rough timber. The curious round bottle-like head-pieces are made of wood and are used for men only, and are probably a modification of the Turkish Turban Head-stakesathe head-pieces for the women's graves being flat. In the centre of my sketch is a rather better class of grave, this belongs to a Sulu noblewoman. The mosquito-net in the distance is hung over a fresh grave, the custom of the Sulus being to hang the departed's " Colombo " over his last resting-place.
The Orang Sungei, as the Kadyans called the half-cast Sulu Dusuns, are settled onThe Orang Sungei, as the Kadyans called the half-cast Sulu Dusuns, are settled on