in cutting plug tobacco. The valve half of the shell, which is convex, is of little value.
This window shell is found throughout the Islands, but the largest beds are in Manila Bay, near Kawit. As Manila alone uses 5,000,000 shell panes annually, the Kawit fishermen are kept busy. They gather about 15,000 shells a week, wading out to their waists at low tide and feeling for the shells with their toes. When their baskets are full, the men wade ashore and turn the catch over to the women, who dexterously open the shells, remove the contents, and pile the flat shells up for cutting. They told me there were 10,000 trimmed shells in one basket ready for shipment across Manila Bay. All the new buildings in Manilaa the American cathedral, the hospital, the Y. M. C. A. Building, the New Manila Hotel and othersa have shell windows.
I have since inquired regarding shipment to the States and learn that 2,000 pounds of shell panes were sent to New York last year from one of the southern islands. Builders of bungalows, especially in California, may take to shell windows in time. They are certainly strong, cheap and attractive. I believe they have a future, too, in screens, lamp-shades and conservatory windows.
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