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ir I Those who hare been saddened by
the discrepancies between circus bill
board advertising and what tbey have
s Actually seen in side-shows may learn
. from Daniel Denison Streeter. field
agent of the United States biological
survey, that there are really and truly
some wild men of Borneo. Mr. Street
er knows, because he has been all the
way across the island and several
times', felt the sensation of being so
near death at their hands that only a
superstition or two saved him., The
: biologist visited and ' mingled- with
people whose chief amusement is col
lecting the heads of members of rival
tribes.- He, obsenred female fashions
" that were a good deal more striking
than those he -was accustomed to see-
ing in this country, i Some of the
women he saw in the jungles were
irwilllng to suffer far more physical
discomfort . than the ; women of civi-
; lized countries ; they underwent tor
ture every few days for ten years in
order to look Just right Mr. Streeter
. left his 1 home in Brooklyn In April,
1912, for Africa and the Far East In
" search ; of specimens of rare beasts
k and reptMes. ' Failing to find what he
wanted in Africa, the MalayPeninsu-
la, or Sumatra,'; he - went to I Borneo.
He experienced ; many thrills during
the Journey, and tells about some f
them in . an Jntervlevi, with a Brook
lyn-Eagle reporter, from whose arti
cle we quote VlX 'v.'' f
My landing, place' was kuchlng, but
I proceeded across the bay to the
mouth - of the? RejanJ river, , along
which ;I continued for about ninety
miles to the. Island of Sibu, where 1
met the only American I was to find
during ' my entire ' travel a- .across
Borneo. He was a former .missioner,
who had given up hope of converting
the indifferent ,natiyes,T and was con
ducting '.: a : prosperous - rlce-growlhg
plantation, having limported . .about
4000 Chinese for. the purpose. .Pro
ceeding miles farther, I reached
Kapit, where I obtained canoes and
engaged 13 natives as guides or my
trip into the interior.- They repre
sented , three, different tribes and com.
prized one Punan; who was a tree
dweller and head-hunter; two Kayans,
and the rest Lanans. For two
months assistance I -. gave the band
what ; would in American money ag
gregate $15, and of" all the natives
who aided - me In my - Borneo travel
they were the only ones . that asked
compenEatTfiff. Ther "Were-typical -of
the Borneotrlbesmen; about -five feet
tall. - good looking, with straight black
hair and I with - remarkable, muscular
development.' TXV -: ,':
The women; strange "to say, : were
far- more homely than ! the men, and
I saw. but one good-looking gjrl during
my entire trip across1 Borneo.-f She
was the wife of a Kayan raja, and he,
with the deference: that my strange
appearance excited, offered her to me
As wer. proceeded to" penetrate; fur
ther .Into ,te Jungle, where no white
man' had , eyer passed. it jwaa neces
sary, ta send: the natives, ahead with ;
their, peculiar knife-like blades," and
to hew 'down ' the heavy underbrush
and soft .'but thickly : growing" trees, ;
for, in such' surrouh4ings,v'where ii
was Impossible to see a foot on either
side, it would have been obviously im
possible .to have made any advance.
It was by cutting down the trees, too,
that -the reptiles , and animals, fright
ened at this first intrusion into their
dense woodland domain, l would ; dart
across the cleared area, - , and " thus
make -possible their capture. V
- For weeks we. continued thus, and I
shall neVer forgetjfcas .wa.approached
the heart of the ,interiorA the. sensa
tion that was mine,; when, through the
Jungle blackness, we suddenly saw, an
opening ahead, " and came upon one
of the strangest of strange villages, to
befound only in such a .land :as -Bor
The- first object to meet; the eye
was a long, grotesque-looking house,
built of ;wood on piles about 15 feet
oU the ' ground, an elevation neces
sary, as l afterward-learned, not only
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2ach village contains one house, and
-sach house shelters from 20 to 309
brown-skinned natives. Throughout
the length of the long house is a nar
row hallway with crudely constructed
doors leading to the various rooms.
Each family occupies one room, dc
asicn&lly one will find a larger vil
lige having three such houses, which
may contain as many as a thousand
natives; but these are rare. A pole,
in which notches had been cut. served
ia a ladder, reaching to the house.
The supporting beams and the main
doors were magnificently carved.
showine that even with their roughly
made blades these animal-like natives.
who had never known the influence or
civilization, were master artizans.
As wa SDDroached the house the na
tives came swarming out in numbers,
and while' thev naid little or no at
tention to my brown-skinned escorts,
they gazed ait - me In utter wonder
ment As to whether the natives or
myself had the greater misgivings 1
am unable to say.My sensations were
indescribable. -Here I was, in the heart
of Borneo, surrounded by a horde, of
strange, brown-skinned , men, leading
animal-like existences and whose chief
diversion seemed to be proving them
selves brave warriors by chopping oft
the heads of, rival tribesmen and
TOssing them down to posterity as
trophies of their valor. I knew that
they had never seen a man of. white
skin before, and whether they -would
make a sudden dash to claim the
honor of my head was a matter that
gave me some" little concern. -..
Soon I was being examined' from
head to foot by the entire band. They
ran their fingers through my hair, for
It Is light and somewhat wavy, while
theirs was straight and black;' they
seemed to take particular delight; Ift
feeling of the, white, skin of my face;
nd could not believe it was real.
They felt of my ears and nose, of my
arms, hands and fingers, my legs, and
even my shoes, the ' significance of
which" wasjbeyohd their grasp.- -S'-v
For a moment a consultation was
held among themselves and somehow
t' felt, in v fate lay in the balance.
Then, with their tribal Incantations,
hey beganlavishlng1 upon mepres-.tts-
of vmany. kinds rice,' fruit," and
even; chickens, wwen are - doui
scrawny and rare, their use being re
served fori strictly i ceremonlali occa
n ' Th en 1 Ipsrned thftt t VaS; A
od who had come Intoiheir intdst on
the propitious . mission " of increasing
heir. crbna and healing their sick;
hat. at Ipsst. was the conclusion of
the natives, and ; as the verdict was
somewhat better than Uratof decapl;
Utlon,?! . accepted 'it- gladly and' en
tered noon my duties ana aigmtyias
a. divinity."; - v ' :
AS a uuaiion uiniis t w w
considered; a sacred personage, :i the
hmMi ft snecial liauor made
ot rice and called "arrak." Thia drink
is indulged rln only on extraoramary
occasions. Mr ; Streeter found m the
concoction sweet, thick, and colorless,
with a .flavor Jsomewbat like Benedie
tineandnot overintoxicaang. - He
gave. them little . trinkets, which
strengthened theirs belief that he had
supernatural 5 powers.' They carried
their sick" to' him : and begged ' him to
heal them J" To continue: :
Ih my medicine-chest I had a large
quantity of quinlneV alcohol,, fever pills
and antiseptic solutions; 'and these 1
found .'" of v Invaluable :. worth.- '- Loath
some, disease not unlike leprosy., was
the scourge of the interior, and three
fourths of the population from chil
dren to aged people, were afflicted
with it Though a novice at medi
cine, I treated as many as fifty na
tives a day and over a thousand dur
ing my entire stay?" Malaria and kin
dred aliments, caused by mosquitoes,
centipedes, ? and various insects, had
caused mucb Sickness among these
natives, over. 200 miles in the interior,
and my medicines were constantly in
demand. Quinine, despite its bitter
flavor, the natives ate like candy. The
"white man's medicine," they called
it and so great was their fondness
for.it that even the well would feign
illness to obtain it. Observing that
I used alcohol without evidencing
pain after being tattooed, they attri
buted it to magic powers and begged
that a little be applied to their arms.
Their religion seemed to be a vague
one. I observed a few totem-poles,
but these were apparently offered for
a propitious rice crop. For their dead
the greatest respect is shown, and
they speak of their departed reveren
tially, and in hushed tones. They
care tenderly for their sick, and aft
er death the remains are placed in
coffins, handsomely carved and dec
orated on the top of trees.
Marriaep is a festive occasion. In
which all join merrily. After a short
trial union, if the contracting parties
agree, they go through a peculiar na
tive rite, and the couple" continue to
live together, seemingly happy, until
death. Loin clothes form the only ar
ticle of wearing-apparel used by the
natives, who are, I believe, more mo
rfpst and moral than many civilized
people in metropolitan centers. Their
time is consumed generally in raising
rice or hunting. The women work
with the men, take care of the rooms
in the "long house," and carry water
and firewood. The men, armed with
spears or long steel blades skilfully
made of metal ore, will go on hunt
ing expeditions or venture forth after
the heads of some rivals against j
whom they have a grievance, and re
main six or nine months. J
For all their wild surroundings, the t
natives are unusually keen and eager
for learning. They like to talk and
ask questions, and, though they have J
no vritie:i Janguage, are anxious to,
learn of stranpe lands and people.
They are fond of tatoo designs, which
are made with India Ink and tobacco
juice. From this combination many
iie of blood-poisoning. Special de
signs are arranged for the neck, the
shoulders, the arms, the chest and the
legs, each tribe having its own em
blems. ., While the men are talooed
at various places over the entire body
the, women are distinguished by
Strange-looking emblems extending
from the waist to the knees. The
entire process takes over ten years,
and the pain suffered is intense.
To provide for further ornamenta
tion, a child, on reaching the age of
six months has the lobe of the ear
punctured and a stick inserted. More
splinters of wood are gradually add
ed, until at the age of 2 years a cir
cular, mass of splinters can be seen
In the child s ear five Inches in diam
eter, and having but a thin rim of
flesh about it A little earring is then
inserted, and larger ones gradually
adued until the child has reached the
age of 13, when he has three or four
large bone pendants hanging to his
Anxious to'press on, 1 sent my orig
inal guides back, because they were
afraid of a tribe of especially savage
head-hunters who lived In trees some
what farther Into the Interior, and,
provided with a new band. of volun
teers, left the village . where I had
been so royally treated. By follow
ing the river route in crude, native
canoes, my progress was expedited,
out the heat was so intense that it
was necessary o jump overboard
about every half hour to prevent a
heat stroke. As the river was full of
i"pn-tfng crocodiles, there was coh-
siaeraoie risk, but the danger was
minimized by the natives, who kept
splashing the paddles. In that way
frightening the crocodiles away.
Leaving our canoes, we resumed
again Vour Inland travel, through a
wilderness of palm and beetle-nut
trees from 300 feet high and Ave feet
in diameter to smaller trees hut 20
feet high. The underbrush was still
dense and heavy, and It was impossi
ble to See even our feet. Thorns and
vines were encountered, but the great-,
est source of , annoyance was from the
wood leeches, one to three inches, in
length, -that would drop into t your
shoes or over your body. The sting
was accomHnied. by a persistent burn
ing sensation, like that from ,a red
hot Iron. - While not poisonous, ian
Itching irritation develops that contin
ues forj months, afterward. . ; We found
It verrllfficujt,'' owing to the Jungle
wilderness,, tcy obtain the specimens
we were after; but by chopping trees
and clearing. a. path. I managed tto
get; about 100 snakes, , frogs and., liz
ards, and, my persistency : was subset
Wni irewarded by the finding, in
their, deep,isolated; Jungle 4alr, my
much-sough tafter ''clouded. leoparda."
VMy native.-escorts, who were ahead
of 'meuddenly turned back. In revi
dent fear, and peering ahead,1 1 dis
covered j-nde, hatched ; huts . in the
trees, Jut a ,ahort, distance away, the
bomes,-of the, fiercest, yet most cow.
ardly, savages of entire Borneo; and
It was with much difficulty and coax
ing that I could prevail upon the na
tives, to go forward. My presence
caused some excitement among the
tree-dwellers, who peered down with
their hihing black little eyes, but
their wonderment soon gave way to
curiosity, ands they were soon sub
Jetting me to an examination similar
to that I had previously received.
My rifle was to them also a cause of
much wonder. They treated me kind
ly, yet they were palpably of a lower
order, and more -animal-like, than
those of the village I had previously
visited. They were somewhat small
er, wilder, and, from the rows of heads
that were weirdly drying over a fire,
much more savage than; their rival
tribesmen. Their entire jaws were
tatooed with hideoiy, designs.
Their main weapon of defense was
the deadly "blowpipe," through which
arrows, with poisoned tips, can be
blown with deadly accuracy, 100 feef
in a single second. I have brought
some of these arrows home. They
are about five Inches long, as thick as
a match, and have a pfston and appli
ance for catching the air when blown
from the seven-foot pipe used by the
savage. So expert are the Dayaks, or
tree-dwellers, in their use that they
can hit a bird on the wing, or invar
iably strike a vital spot of a wild
board or a human being. The virulence
of the poisen at the tip of the arrow
is such that death will result in seven
seconds. The poison is obtained from
a resinous gum.
The Dayaks also have long, narrow
stiletto-iike blades, made from steel
ore, and these are used generally in
their attacks on rivals at night Their
desire for the heads of rivals is fan
atical. With characteristic cowardice,
they will make their attacks generally
under cover of darkness, or when a
rival tribesman has his back yirned.
Old men working in the rice flats are
often the object of attack by the sav
age Dayak. who will suddenly dart,
cut, slash off a head, flit back into
the woods, and be gone within a few
seconds. Returning to his village, he j
will triumphantly display his grue-i
some trophy, and will be acclaimed af
warrior forthwith.
Before he can marry or be consid-J
ered adult, the Dayak must bring'
i at ipast nne head. The more he
obtains the higher Is his standing in
his village. The night before I ar
rived five rival tribesmen had been 1
decapitated, and their heads were be"-i
ing subjected to the drying process,
when I made my appearance. One of I
the favorite methods pursued by the.
Dayak in acquiring his trophy is to
wait In a tree until a member of an-
other tribe chances to pass, and then i
suddenly drop upon rum. iheir most
highly prized trophy, however, is the
head of a Chinaman. Many Chinese
arrive In Borneo as rice workers, and
frequently penetrate far into the in
terior, where almost certain death
awaits them. So great is the glory of
taking a Chinaman's head and nigtail
that a special feast is arranged iij
honor of the warrior who has per
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