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THE UNINHABITED ISLANDS.
quite porous; nevertheless, it is hard, and in weight like stone. In their language thevnatives call it aquiry} and use it for making honey and sugar of cocos, bruising these with little stones and boiling with coco-water : thus are their honey and sugar prepared. That substance (madrepore) greatly incommodes those who bathe or wade in the sea; and it was therefore difficult for me to go from isle to isle without a boat; those, however, who are accustomed to it often do so.
Of the islands, an infinite numberathat is, as I believe, a large majorityaare entirely uninhabited,2 and have only trees and herbs; others have no vegetation, and are merely shifting sand, some being for the most part submerged at high tides, and laid bare when the sea is low, the remaining part being covered with large crabs, called cacouvA,3 and crayfish, or else with numbers of birds called 'pinguy/ which lay there their eggs and young, and in quantities so prodigious that one could not (and I have often tried it) plant one's foot without
1 Madrepore, M. Mri (Chr.). Mr. Bell compares the Sin. hsekiri, also the Sin. hirigal, acoral stone,f. Chr. gives hiri, awhite corala, and mudu, a madreporea.
2 It would be a difficult, if not an impossible task, to attempt to count the uninhabited islands, even with our very excellent Admiralty charts. The number of inhabited islands is as follows:a
Atoll. Inhab. Islands. AtoU. Inhab. Islands.
1. Tiladummati. 17 9. Mulaku . 8
2. Miladummadulu 32 10. Kolumadulu . 11
3. Fediffolu 2 11. Haddummati . 12
4. Mdlosmadulu . 30 12. Huvadu . 17
5. Ari 13 / Addu 1 * I Fuaa Mulaku J 7
6. Mele . 8 a 1
7. Felidu . 5 --
8. Nilandii . 13 Total . 175
Colonel Yule has numbered 602 islands with names on the Admiralty Chart.
3 M. Kdkuni (Chr.); Sin. Kakuluwa.
4 There are no penguins at the Maldives; he means probably man-chots.4 There are no penguins at the Maldives; he means probably man-chots.