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On the Equator   By: (1856-1933)

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ON THE EQUATOR

BY H. DE W.

CASSELL, PETTER, GALPIN & CO. LUDGATE HILL, LONDON E.C.

To JOHN LANCASTER, ESQ., OF BILTON GRANGE, NEAR RUGBY, WARWICKSHIRE. This Volume IS DEDICATED, WITH THE BEST WISHES OF THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

PAGE

Our Plan of Travel Outfitters Journey to Marseilles Departure "The Inevitable" Journey Out Singapore Leave for Kuching The Aline "Talang Talang" The Sarawak River Kuching The Bazaar, &c. Comfortable Quarters 9

CHAPTER II.

Territory of Sarawak History of the Country Raja Brooke and Muda Hasim Rebellions in Sarawak Brooke proclaimed Raja Chinese Insurrection Military and Naval Establishment Exports Progress of Sarawak Death of Sir James Brooke 24

CHAPTER III.

Kuching Society The Club Amusements The Sarawak Gazette The Bazaar Health of Kuching Life in Kuching Rats Preparations for Journey to the Matang Mountain 36

CHAPTER IV.

Travel in Borneo Travelling Boats Leave for Matang Our Crew Alligators Mosquitoes Matang Bungalow The Garden Ascend the Mountain The Waterfall A Nasty Jump View from the Summit Snakes Return to Kuching 44

CHAPTER V.

The Rejang Residency Wild Tribes of the Interior Start for Rejang Timber Ships Sibu Attack by Katibus A Dinner Party The Fireship Kanowit "Jok" Kanowits' Dwellings Human Heads "Bones" and "Massa Johnson" 58

CHAPTER VI.

Leave Kanowit Scenery War Canoes Arrive at Kapit Wild Tribes Kayan Burials Head Feast Lat His Family Tattooing The Sumpitan Kayan and Dyak War Dances The Kok Goo The Bock Expedition to Central Borneo Cannibalism Return to Kuching 75

CHAPTER VII.

Sport in Borneo The Orang Utan His Habits Start for Sadong A Rough Journey Sadong The Fort and Village L. Capsized The Mines Our Cook The Abang Start for Mias Ground Our Hunt for Orang Lost in the Forest Leave for Sadong An Uncomfortable Night Small Pox Manangs A Dyak Don Juan Return to Kuching 93

CHAPTER VIII.

Preparations for Departure Leave Sarawak A Squall A Dutch Dinner Batavia Weltereoden Life in Java Buitenzorg Koerapan Dutch Soldiers A Review Modes of Execution in the Archipelago The World Wide Circus Return to Singapore Leave for Europe Gibraltar 114

CHAPTER IX.

Cadiz Custom House Officers Spanish Courtship Marketplace Leave for Seville Jerez de la Frontera Seville Pilate's House Las Delicias Triana Madrid Bull Fighting "Espadas" A Bull Fight Frascuelo Cruelty to Horses Leave for Paris A Stormy Passage Home Again Adieu 128

ON THE EQUATOR.

CHAPTER I.

Our Plan of Travel Outfitters Journey to Marseilles Departure "The Inevitable" Journey Out Singapore Leave for Kuching The Aline "Talang Talang" The Sarawak River Kuching The Bazaar, &c. Comfortable Quarters.

It was on the 13th of April, 1880, that, accompanied by an old College friend (whom throughout these pages I shall call L.), I left London for the Eastern Archipelago, via Marseilles and Singapore, our destination being Sarawak, the seat of government of Raja Brooke in the island of Borneo. Our expedition had been a long projected one, but it was not until the latter end of March, 1880, that we finally decided to start.

Thanks to the small experience gained from a former voyage to these parts we successfully resisted the efforts of our outfitters to supply us with, in addition to what was really necessary, almost every useless thing ever heard of, from a cholera belt to a velvet smoking suit. We were, however, resolved to take nothing more than was absolutely necessary, as on a journey of this kind nothing is more embarrassing than a large amount of luggage... Continue reading book >>




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