12 THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT.
home, on the plantation, in the street or forest, shop or warehouse. The thickest is used for making rafts and cables, and with the bamboo helps to make suspension bridges. It has delicate fibres out of which cloths are woven and hats made.
Among the fruits the mango ranks first. It grows from four to six inches in length, is oval shaped, flattened on both sides, and yellow in colour when ripe. It has a large stone in the centre, and the meat is rich and delicious. The tree grows to great size, a majestic specimen of the wealthy woods in its dark green foliage, and especially beautiful during its flowering period. It is nothing unusual to get three pickings of fruit during a year, and two are the rule.
The banana grows wild and is cultivated with profit, there being as many as fifty varieties. The banana (Musa paradisiaca), according to a Arabic legend, is believed to be the plantain from which Adam and Eve made their aprons, as well as having been the forbidden fruit of Eden.
The papaiv tree also grows wild here. This attains a height of twenty-five feet, and hasThe papaiv tree also grows wild here. This attains a height of twenty-five feet, and has