return to melangkap for rice.apotted meat.akinokok valley.anew trogon.-nest of
my calyptomena.-kabong on rats.anew beetles.-kuro among the monkeys.-results
of trapping.-kabong's news.adusun omens.-return to melangkap.-attempt at
blackmailing.-fever.-gamboie visits gaya.-head-hunting raid by the kiau dusuns.
-visit kapar village.-a kapar dusun would impose a fine.-return to the coast and
N the 5th of March I left with Buntar and three Kiaus, carrying my bird collection, for Melangkap. The object of this journey is to bring a further supply of rice and provisions to Kiau, as I intend to make another expedition from here into the Kinokok valley and to remain there for a month.
The Hadji and his companion, who have been living in Kiau since the 11th February, are on excellent terms with the Dusuns, and my friend Kabong has behaved well to them. The Hadji has collected some sixty birds, including specimens of the Tailor-bird spoilt by me last year : this is a new speciesaPhyllergates cinereicollis ; he has also a new Zosterops, Z. clara. The other man has been busy collecting butterflies and beetlesathe native children bringing numbers of the latterasome of which are very fine, belonging both to new genera and species.
We left Kiau at 11 a.m. and accomplished the tiring journey to Melangkap by 5 p.m.,a the reason of this good record being the splendid carrying qualities of the Kiau Dusuns : en route we met numbers of the Kiau villagers returning from a tamel, all more or less intoxicated. The two men left in Melangkap have done absolutely nothing as far as collections go, a few beetles and a dozen badly-skinned birds being the total of their work ; but as they have taken good care of the things left in their charge, I must not grumble. Before I started for Kiau, now more than six weeks ago, Damaring, the son-in-law of the lady with the brass anklets, slaughtered a buffalo : after the feast a considerable portion of the animal remained ; this Damaring potted a la Dusun, which consists in putting the meat into a jar with a small quantity of salt. The smell of this now semi-decayed meat cannot be imagined ; the whole house is now pervaded with this most disgusting odour. Damaring and the family occasionally eat this filthy carrion, and the Kiaus who arrived with me to-night have also been treated to a feast off it.
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