DEALINGS WITH OTHER RACES __ I a*t a
tribes) informed him that he had brought a party 0 Mantra to his house in Malacca, and thought he co l~^ induce them to visit him in Singapore, so that h might be enabled to gain more thorough knowledge ctf their character and condition. The party in questio had moved into British territory some time previousl ** and had settled at Rumbiah on Mr. Westerhouta s land* Logan requested Mohammed to bring them to Sino-pore, and they arrived there on the 16th of Octob and remained till the 7th of November. The nart-consisted of a Mantra named Pawang and his wife second man named Parut and his wife, and a third man named Tala.
They hesitated much about undertaking the voyage as the members of this race, like all the tribes of the interior, have a hereditary dread of the sea, and no Mantra had ever ventured upon it from time immemorial. When they came on board the a scotchy a they were at once placed below, to prevent their being frightened by the waves and the motion of the vessel They soon became very sea-sick, and it was not till the boat was opposite Pulau Pisang that one of the men had so far recovered as to venture to rise and look round. But no sooner did the rolling waves meet his sight than he was seized with fear, and plunged below the deck again.
When they took up their residence in Logana s compound they were at first a little reserved, although they had evidently seen Europeans frequently. On the second and third days their principal employment, while their poisoned arrows lasted, was to shoot birds, and they soon discovered more species in the a kampong a than we had ever observed ourselves. On the second day they had depopulated all the trees. Amongst the