Near this is another island named Natumeran, and the women and men of that isle have hounds' heads, and they wear no clothing save a covering of their nakedness. And this folk is good in battle and conflict, and when they take a man in battle they deliver him to the king. And this king is worthy and pious, for he has three hundred pearls like beads around his neck, and he says three hundred prayers every day before
p.257he eats meat. And there is on his neck a ruby a foot in length and five inches (in breadth), and whenever a king is made, this stone is put on his neck, and he goes all round the city with it on his neck; and if ever he is seen going without that stone on his neck the kingdom and the stone are taken from him. Magnus Khan often desired to get that stone for himself, but he gat it not either by the war, however great, which he carried on to obtain it, or from the bribe of gold or silver which he offered for it.