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being of " Nui san a native palm, the cross-pieces and main supports being enormous bits of hard wood. The smaller supports of the sides are generally the trunks of tree-ferns. The doors in most of the huts are a strip of native matting or fantastically painted " tapa cloth", fastened to two posts a few feet inside the hut.
In some huts there are small openings in the walls which answer for windows. The hearth was generally near one of the doors in the centre of the hut, and fire was produced by rubbing a piece of hard wood on a larger piece of soft wood, and working it up and down in a groove till a spark was produced.
H. Wilfrid Walker.a Wanderings among South Sea Savages, and in Borneo and the Philippines. By permission of Messrs. Witherby e Co.
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