The chains, however, by which the Dodo was attached to his girdle, prevented him from doing so. The bird, with his beak in the air, and his gloves extended in a most grotesque attitude, was immovable and rigid as stone. Not a muscle moved, and the Little Panjandrum, after staring at him a moment, called out, angrily "Olla balloo calle gablob?"
The religious ideas of the Dyaks resemble those of the North American Indians: they acknowledge a Supreme Being, or "Great Spirit;" they have also some conception of an hereafter. Many of the tribes imagine that the great mountain Keney Balloo is a place of punishment for guilty departed souls.
Ambong is a pretty little bay, with a Malay village built in the bight of it, and there is a fine view of Keeney Balloo, the great mountain of Borneo, in the back-ground. This mountain, estimated to be 14,000 feet high, is about forty miles from Ambong, and with the aid of a glass we could discern cataracts and ravines innumerable.
There was not the slightest movement on the part of the bird, and just then the Ambassador returned. "Hullo! What's the trouble?" he cried, staring at the Dodo. "Gablobbee balloo olla wobble!" said the Little Panjandrum, excitedly. "What!" exclaimed the Ambassador, "something gone wrong with the Dodo? Here, what's the matter with you?" he continued, giving the bird a shake.