sultan paitailan assists me again.aghinambur.aan unpleasant night.abillio loses the
way.-ilanuns return.-teung villagers.-reach melangkap.-refusal to help us to
kiau.-native gifts.-start for kiau.-reach koung.-unpleasantness with the
koungs and melangkaps.ameet kuro and kabong.-kabong's house.-business-like
kiaus.-start for summit.-forest camp-life in sunless hole.-visit higher altitudes.
-new birds.-change camp.-botany.atrapping-paths.anew birds.-view from our
camp.-the miseries of camp life.-rats.-the cave.-a visit to the upper granite
slopes.-kuro's prayer.-low's gully.athe summit.-more prayers from kuro.--
return to the camp.-illness.areturn to kiau.-kuro and the chief of lower kiau.-
meteorological report for february.
ROM inquiries made during my first expedition, I came to the conclusion that it would be best to leave Labuan for Kina Balu by the middle of December, as by the time I should arrive at Tampassuk the river would then be as low as at any time during the year. My party on this occasion consisted of six Kadyans, one of them, " Buntar " (a most useful and plucky little man), acting as my servant. By cutting down the numbers of my party I was the better able to make the rice last ; this was my chief object in taking such a small number of followersathe providing of one's followers with rice being one of the chief difficulties in Borneo. My friend Mr. A. H. Everett accompanied me to Abai, afterwards he proceeded to the Islands of Mantinani.
The north-east monsoon, as usual at this time of the year, blew hard in our teeth, and several times I feared that my pakarangan, which we towed astern, would come to harm.
16th December.aWe steamed into Abai at 10 a.m., but as it was low water the steam-launch could not cross the bar, so we had to land all the baggage by means of the ship's boat and my own on the small island opposite Abai, the ' Bujang Barram ' leaving for Mantinani directly all was safely landed. Before dark we had succeeded in housing all our belongings in the old Rest House, where I had a sharp attack of fever, brought on, no doubt, by the rough voyage.
17th.aWe were busy arranging our baggage into suitable packs, for the buffaloes to carry to the Tampassuk. In the evening Nyhan shot a fine stag, or " Rusa " ; these animals17th.a We were busy arranging our baggage into suitable packs, for the buffaloes to carry to the Tampassuk. In the evening Nyhan shot a fine stag, or " Rusa " ; these animals