SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. . 107
be attributed to the effects of climate. The more serious maladies of tropical climates, are very unfrequent ; from fever and dysentery we have been quite free, and the only complaints have been rheumatism, colds, and ague ; the latter, however, attacked us in the interior ; and no one has yet had it at Kuchin, which is situated about twenty-five miles from the mouth of the river.
The soil and productions of this country are of the richest description, and it is not too much to say, that within the same given space, there are not to be found the same mineral and vegetable riches in any land m the world. I propose to give a brief detail of them, beginning writh the soil of the plains which is moist and rich, and calculated for the growth of rice, for which purpose it was formerly cleared, and used, until the distractions of the country commenced. From the known industry of the Dyaks, and their partiality to rice cultivation, there can be little doubt that it would become an article of extensive export, provided security w^ere given to the cultivator, and a proper remuneration for his produce. The lower grounds, besides rice, are admirably calculated for the growth of sago, and produce canes, rattans, and forest timber of the finest description for ship-building, and other useful purposes. The Chinese export considerable quantities of timber from Sambas and Pontianak, particularly of the kind called Balean by the natives, or the lion wood of the Europeans : and at this place it is to be had in far greater quantity and nearer the place of sale. The
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