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1887 Excerpt: ...gone off too engrossed in the reward to remember
their uncoveted possessions. A state of war exists between the
villages of Ridol, Waitidal, and Ritabel (our village) on the one
hand, and Kaleobar (one of the largest villages on the island),
Kelaan, and Lamdesar on the other. Many of the villagers show us
recent wounds received in a raid made a few weeks before our
arrival. The bamboo spikes in the ground round the village were set
to prevent such clandestine attacks. During the day they are
removed from the paths which lead to the fields and wells; it is
the duty of the first outgoer in the morning to open the gate and
remove the spikes. At sunset, when the last man has returned to the
village, the pathway is carefully reset, and the gateway barricaded
for the night. As the daily dread of attack by the Kaleobar tribes
on our village has restricted operations to a narrow area, and kept
us in a constant state of suspense and anxiety, H. proposed to the
post holder that they should together visit that village to try
what could be done by personal influence to establish friendly
relations. A chief from Sera, an island on the west coast, who
speaks Malay, being on a visit to our village, agreed to accompany
and promised to be hostage if they tried to detain H. I was
miserably anxious while this was being proposed, and was cowardly
enough to be glad when the postholder refused to risk his life in
such an attempt, excusing himself on the plea that our neighbours
of the next village, who had suffered badly in the last fray, would
oppose a peace. H., however, determined to sound them, so anxious
was he to have the range of the island, and be able to assure our
men, who would hardly go to the well for water, and refused to
proceed any distance into the forests to th...
|Country of origin:
Annabella Keith Forbes
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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