After leaving Manila, I saw the Filipinos at close range and noted a number of queer customs. Any one who has lived on civilized fare is startled by some of the weird things they eat. Big grasshoppers, which play such havoc with the crops, are a luxury. For years they have been a great pest. The Spaniards brought over birds from Chinaa martinsa to exterminate them, but the hungry hoppers are still there. Last
PULLING HEADS AND WINGS FROM GRASSHOPPERS SOLD FOR FOOD.
season the Government had many men in the field driving the young locusts into pits and burning them. This may account for their high price in the market, 25 centavos (12^ cents) a pounda nice, fat, juicy hoppers!
They are not considered fit to eat unless they can fly. Then they are caught in hand nets, dropped into boiling water, and are ready to serve. I saw baskets heaped with them in the markets and the women selling them said, a Very good, senor, just like shrimps!a
Another delicacy is balut, partially hatched duck eggs. The