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THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
the tuba-gatherer, who is not encumbered with much clothing, puts his toes in them and climbs the stem of a lofty palm as if it were a ladder. All the palms in a grove are usually planted at one time, and remain of fairly uniform height. In many instances bamboo
A TUBA-GATHERER a SALAG DAKO, GUIMARAS
bridges are built from tree to tree, so that it is not necessary to climb each one.
The tuba-gatherer carries on his back a large joint of bamboo in which to put the fresh sap, a swab to clean the bombon in which the tuba is caught as it flows, and a package of bitter red bark, reduced to powder. This