Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And In Borneo And The Philippines By H. Wilfrid Walker

 -  I was much struck with the cleverness of some of their
fish-traps; these were long cone-like objects tapering - Page 70
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I Was Much Struck With The Cleverness Of Some Of Their Fish-Traps; These Were Long Cone-Like Objects Tapering

To a point, the insides being lined with the extraordinary barb-covered stems of a rattan or climbing palm, and

The thorns or barbs placed (pointing inwards) in such a way that the fish could get in easily but not out.

These Negritos were splendid marksmen with their bows and arrows, and during my stay amongst them I became quite an adept in that art; their old chief used to take a great delight in teaching me, and my first efforts were met with hearty roars of laughter. They were certainly the merriest and yet the dirtiest people I have ever met. Whenever I met them they were always smiling. When, as happened on more than one occasion, I lost my way in the forest and had at length stumbled upon one of their dwellings, I made signs to let them understand that I wanted them to show me the way back. This they cheerfully did, and led the way singing in their peculiar manner; it was a most wild and abandoned and barbaric kind of music, if it could really be called music at all. It consisted chiefly of shouting and yelling in different scales, as if the singers were overflowing with joy at the mere idea of being alive. I would often hear them singing, or yelling like children, in the deep recesses of the forest. In fact the contentment and happiness of these little people was quite extraordinary, and I had a great affection for them.

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