THE TAIL END OF LUZON. fitTT 7HAT is the leading export of the Philippine V V Islands?a I had the agricultural expert under cross-examination. a Last year it was hemp, but the year before it was copraa dried coconuts,a he continued. a The two have been running neck and neck for some seasons. The bottom fell out of the hemp market a few years ago and it is only just recovering. The latest hemp figures are the record on quantity and valuea $22,000,000, for 170,000 tons. Ia ve just figured it out that one yeara s output of Manila hemp could tie up the world. If it were made into a cord an inch in circumference, it could wrap the earth at the equator sixty-three times around. If you want to see something of the industry, go down to Albay, at the tail end of Luzon. They grow clotheslines there while you wait!a So for Albay I started, taking in the copra industry on the way.
SCENE IN THE COCONUT COUNTRY.