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the use of this large brightly-coloured claw is I am unable to say, unless it, when folded across the front of the crab, successfully blocks up the burrow; they have also a tiny feeding-claw with which they shovel the green slimy weed to their mouths. There is another species with eyes sticking out from its head like the antennae of a butterfly : this species is beautifully adorned with cobalt-blue ; its whole occupation seems to be to eat as much green weed as possible, and it is a true vegetarian, and indignantly thrust away a piece of raw beef with which I was fishing. In the deeper pools amongst the mud may at times be seen a curious large boiled-looking lobster : this crustacean is very shy, moving about and vanishing into the mud on the least sign of alarm. I several times made collections of some of the little warrior crabs, which I put in a tin pot to carry them ; but the battle waged in this small space was so fierce that some seventy claws and legs were ownerless before I got back to my house. Insects of course we have in Labuan in plenty. The large bronze-blue-winged carpenter-bee bores neat holes into the poles of the bungalow, and, as I remarked before, has a particular spot on which it rests ; one bee I noticed for over a month always settled on the top of a bamboo-paling with no intention of boring a hole in it. The well-known mason-wasps build large edifices of mud on the poles which support the roof, filling the three cells into which these lumps of cow-dung and mud are divided with benumbed caterpillars and spiders, which live to be slowly devoured by the fat maggots or pupae of the wasp. Ant-lions drill hundreds of small pitfalls below the house, into which numerous ants are always tumbling.
The rains are now nearly over, and we may expect a month or two of fine weather before the longer wet season sets in, which commences towards the middle of October and lasts until the middle of January ; but the same dates do not apply to more than a few hundred miles of any territory in the Archipelagoaa range of mountains in some islands causes the wet season on one coast, while the other hardly gets a drop of rain.
I had now two servantsaa native, named Jumbol, as cook and general servant ; and a boy of about ten years old, who was a friend of Jumbol's : a dirtier urchin never breathed; he neither washed nor combed his hair, and was covered with that most disagreeable skin-disease " kurrup." I do not know why I ever accepted his services, but somehow his monkey-like appearance was interesting. I even made a drawing of him (see illustration facing p. 42), which took some time, as he seldom sat still, and one day wanted to wear a Turkish fez, another his dirty mop of hair would be tied up with rag, which suited him best. This boy fetched wood and water, and was named Boukar. The best and most faithful follower I had was a Kadyan named Nyhan ; this man acted as my bird-collector, and remained in my service until I returned home.
woman's paddle.woman's paddle.