start for kina balu.-view of the mountain from abai.-datu tumanggong.acattle-lifting-
astart for thetampassuk.abuffaloes.athe datu's house.abajows.ai lan uns.afail to find porters.athe tampassuk plain.adisturbed state of the dusuns inland.areturn
to abai.adyaks.-sulus.-arrival of the ' kimanis.'-return to labuan.-the law as
river.-bruneis-kadyans.-muruts.-visit si'lalang's village.-his trophies.-headhunting.-visited by muruts.aburial customs.-tattooes.acaves.abark jackets.-
sumpitans.-lukutan river.-coast to batu-batu.awant of fellow-feeling amongst
natives.-voyage to pulo tega.anicobar pigeons.areturn to labuan.avistt brunei.
HE wet season was now advanced, so I remained in Labuan until the end of January, making during that period a trip to Singapore and back, in order to purchase many necessaries that could not be procured in Labuan, and to taste for a brief period the pleasures of civilization.
In the beginning of February I again attempted to reach the great mountain of Kina Balu. I had succeeded with the help of Nyhan in finding seven other Kadyans to accompany me; and having spent several months in Benkoker, coming in contact only with natives, I had succeeded in mastering sufficient of the Malay language to make myself understood, so was fortunately now able to dispense with the service of an interpreter.
On the 9th of the month we embarked with all our baggage on board the ' Bujang Barram,' a small steamer belonging to the Government of Sarawak, which was kindly lent me through my friend Mr. A. H. Everett for a moderate sum per diem. We steamed out of Labuan harbour at half-past three o'clock in the morning ; but the monsoon, directly the sun rose, blew so strongly from the north-east that it was not until after 6 p.m. that we anchored under shelter of Pulo Gaya, not being able to reach the pier that night. The next morning we again started soon after daylight, and reached Abai at three o'clock in the afternoon ; the wind was very high and the sea rough, but the small harbour is well sheltered by an island and a headland, which at no distant period was also an island, but has now been joined to the mainland by the mangroves and the alluvial deposits from the neighbouring hills. It being nearly high-water, the captain managed to get his vessel over the bar and landed my baggage without any trouble ; the steamer at once started for Palo Gaya, and I was left alone with my followers and baggage, to make ourselves as comfortable