dollars, but ordinary lads and men are worth 40 to 60 dollars, whilst
girls vary from 50 to 100 dollars, according to age and beauty.
Sooloo language is a difficult one, and there are not a dozen Europeans
who can speak it. Mr. Haynes, who has lived for several years in the
group, has framed an extensive dictionary, and he finds a far greater
resemblance between the Sooloo and Fijian tongues, than between the
Fijian and the other Malay languages. Whether the migration has in
former ages flowed from Polynesia westwards or whether the current took
an easterly direction from Malayan countries, will probably never be
known ; but there is a very close resemblance to be found in the words
expressing the numerals, and those elements and natural phenomena which
are everywhere the earliest and simplest forms of speech.
In the formation of verbs also there is a remarkable similarity, the Fijian prefix vaka being closely akin to the invariable Sooloo prefix mak.
Fijian language may be said to abound in dental consonants and final
vowels, whereas the Sooloo native, with his mouth full of betel nut