IN THE MOLUCCAS.
under a delightfully shady canopy of tall Kanary trees, tod among the groves of Nutmeg of which Banda is the famous garden. Quite a picturesque object in the wood was a boy busy gathering the fruit into a neat creel, with a jointed pole like a fishing-rod, nipping off the stalk of the ripe nuts by two claw-like prongs with which the tip of his rod was armed, when they dropped into a little basket-like cage worked to the stem a few inches below. He came and showed us his basketful of beautiful fruit a in its pale yellow shell, half of which is left on, in which was nestling the dark brown nut embroidered with its deep lake mace. This fruit is the favourite food of the large pigeons (Carpo-pliaga concinna) whose low booming note was one of the few bird sounds that broke the stillness of the woods. I shot, however, a lovely green dove (Pfilopus diadematus) and a little White-eye (Zos-terops chloris), and noticed traces of the Cassowaries that have been introduced from New Guinea, which are said to be now breeding there.
Farther on we came on one of the plantation-houses, where a large number of men and women 'vere peeling the mace, drying it in the sun, and packing both in boxes. These cases are all made A f one size, carefully finished and caulked, and form as delightful an article of cargo as could be wished. None but a trade de luxe would befit ^ere^s^ol-ari island so ornate and so wonderfully situated as ^ecting A anda. Its produce, grown in beautiful bowers, is gathered up round its umbrageous bayleted shores in long gaudily-painted praus, which are constantly darting about Propelled by lithe rowers, who, as is their custom, synchronously plunge and flash out their paddles in the sun to a Uoyant merry tune, and in whose preparation or shipment nA t one hand-soiling operation is required ; its atmosphere is charged with aromatic exhalations ; its wharfs and streets are the picture of tidiness, and the very water that laps its coral shores is brighter and purer than almost anywhere else in the
A nighta s slow steaming brought us to Amboina.