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THE GEMS OP THE EAST
Edible birdsa-nests, or Salangana, also furnish a considerable revenue, mainly to Chinese local traders. Those nests are collected at very great danger on some of the more rugged volcanic islands, principally in the neighboring Calamianes group and also off the Palawan coast. These gelatinous articles, which are used for making soup, find their way a like the trepang a mainly to China and to Singapore. The nests are small, pretty, concave, and white in color, but occasionally they are mixed with feathers.
The first quality is, however, free from impurities and fetches high prices. It is the nest of a tiny swift of the species known as Collocalia (Esculenta). We shall soon visit the strange islands and see where these birdsa-nests are collected.
In the mean time, before leaving Cuyo on our cruise, let us thoroughly examine some of the best specimens of pure Cuyonos we can find.
Standing height.... Height of foot from ground
Span....... Weight. . . .(pounds) to ankle...... 0.067
n4j Length of foot .... 0.247
Length of spinal column . 0.718 Toes (maximum length) . 0.065
Circumference of chest: Circumference of ankle . 0.221
Inflated..... 0.832 Circumference of knee . 0-337
Armpit to armpit . . . 0.327 Head
Length of scapula . 0.156 Vertical maximum length
Circumference of waist: of head ...... 0.234
Abdomen expanded . 0.845 Horizontal maximum
Abdomen normal. 0.690 length of cranium (fore-
Arm head to back of head) 0.193
Width of forehead at
Humerus...... temples...... 0.141
Height of forehead. . . 0.062
Hand....... Bizygomatic breadth . . 0.13S
Maximum length of fin- Nasal height . . . . . 0.058
gers ....... 0.108 Nasal breadth at nostrils . 0.043
Thumb....... 0.110 Orbital horizontal breadth 0.041
Circumference of arm Breadth of mouth . . . 0.050
round biceps .... 0.239 Length of upper lip from opening of mouth to base of nose ....
Circumference of wrist . 0.149
Leg Length of lower lip and
Femur....... chin....... o.o54
Tibia....... 0.448 Length of ear .... o.o59