Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo: Travels and Researches of a Naturalist in Sarawak

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A. Constable & Company, Limited, 1904 - Artocarpus - 423 pages
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Page 355 - When quite a youth he entered the army and went as a cadet to India, where he distinguished himself in the Burmese War and in Assam.
Page 166 - Mayas fell to the ground nearly at my feet. Immediately after, a second one, of much larger size, appeared, and climbed up the very same tree. It was soon hidden amongst the branches, and although I fired twice when I caught glimpses of the creature, yet both shots missed. Presently we saw him higher up on a big branch, looking down at us. This time my bullet took effect, and the animal fell, mortally wounded.
Page 10 - Ban, which is a town on the west branch of the Kuching River at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. Of these leeches Beccari (1904, p. 10) has this to say: "In Sarawak there are also large aquatic leeches. I was told that one species (Limnatis lowei Baird) occasionally gets in,to the intestines of persons bathing, depositing its eggs there and causing death, but I cannot guarantee the truth of the assertion. I can only say that the leech in question is very swift in its movements and adheres strongly...
Page 164 - On the contrary, it got up and looked down at us, and then descended lower amidst the branches, as if it wished to get a better view of us, holding on to the ropes of a creeper which hung from the branch on which it was at first squatting.
Page 337 - I had seen, consider the earth to be a flat surface, whilst the heavens are a dome, a kind of glass shade which covers the earth, and comes in contact with it at the horizon. They, therefore, believe that, travelling straight on, always in the same direction, one comes at last, without any metaphor, to touch the sky with one's fingers.
Page 360 - Dutch possessions on the east coast, is now reduced to the city of Bruni and a small territory around it. What has not been ceded to or incorporated with Sarawak has become the property of the British North Borneo Company, which also took over the administration of Labuan in 1890. At "present Bruni has no trade of its own, and the people live miserably on the produce of the fishery, while hundreds of families have left to escape the rapacity of the chiefs.
Page 10 - ... two kinds of which the green, yellow-striped ones are most disagreeable in that their bites are difficult to heal." Beccari (1904, p. 10) referring to the same region along the road to Siul writes "Among the greatest pests of these forests are the leeches (Haemadipsa) known to the Malays as linta. There are two species: one keeps on the bushes and attaches itself to the passerby on the slightest contact, getting especially on the hands and neck.
Page 367 - Beccari(i904) reported that as early as 1865, when he first visited Sarawak, he observed the promotion of shifting agriculture. He reported that hill rice was successfully grown, "but the present system used in its cultivation keeps large areas of ground in a fallow condition for years, for rice cannot be sown again in the same field under an interval of six or seven years. All over Borneo, agriculture is in a very primitive stage. In Sarawak, the plough is unknown, although it is used in North Borneo....
Page 337 - It certainly was not eaten to appease hunger, but as a delicacy or perhaps to assuage an instinctive craving of the stomach for some alkaline substance." Walker (21, p. 220) writes: "I made the discovery that some of my Dyak friends were addicted to the horrible habit of eating clay, and actually found a regular little digging in the side of a hill where they worked to get these lumps of reddish grey clay, and soon caught some of the old men eating...
Page 249 - ... priest, Father Ripa, of Lecco, had its direction. Farther on is the house of the British Consul, and then the city comes in view, which some have ventured to style the Venice of the East. I admit that Bruni has its points; but what irony to compare for a moment the city of marble palaces with this mass of miserable huts, which a single match could easily reduce to ashes ! The houses at Bruni are almost all built on piles, for which the stems of nibongs are generally used.

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