Speedy craft, sneaking over with firearms, keep the Sulus well supplied. Opium, too, which is under Government ban in the Philippines, comes over in this manner, its price being so attractive that the natives will resort to any device to evade official vigilance. They even fill the bamboo masts of their fleet vintas, as the boats are known, with opium, and hang it to the keels. The Government has put a fast cruiser on this trail, hoping to stop the traffic.
In North Borneo the British company a farms outa the opium monopoly to Chinamen, the poppy from which it is made coming from India in round balls the size of a Dutch cheese. Water is added and the mass is boiled into a paste. The opium farma s plant is being increased to supply Philippine trade, so business looks good
for the Sulus, superb smugglers of the Southern seas.