into the business of breeding rats by the wholesale, so the bounty was abolished.
The natives have devised a bow-and-arrow trap that is fairly effective at first, but the rats soon learn to avoid it. An American told me he could never catch more than five rats with the same type of trap. He has decided to import every variety of rat-trap on the market and organize a circulating club, each trap to progress to a neighbor when it has five scalps to its credit.
The death of an American editor in Manila last year from bubonic plague has caused renewed activity in the rat-killing campaign.
A dead rat, infected with bubonic, was found in the editora s desk, conclusive evidence that he had been bitten by a flea from the rodent.
In a northern Mindanao market we first met the famous durian. No, it isna t a reptile or an animal, ita s a native fruit, eight to twelve inches in diameter, with a very thick rind, covered with spines, and a a keep offa notice. If you venture to open one you will meet with an odor beside which Limburger cheese is a delicate perfume. Still, the durian is popular in the southern Philippines with some very brave Americans, as well as with natives. They say the wild beasts of the jungle fight for its possession and even domesticated animals yearn for this forbidden fruit.
I agreed to tackle a durian in the open, with a good stiff breeze blowing, but was forced to surrender before I had a fair
MAN WITH DURIAN FRUIT.