37A2 COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION OF
of animation. Some of the fish is occasionally as much as two feet in length, and from seven to eight inches in circumference. The length of a span, and the girth of from two to three inches, however, is the ordinary size. The quality or value of the fish, however, does by no means depend upon its size, but upon properties in them, neither obvious to, nor discernible by, those who have not had a long and intimate experience of the trade. The Chinese merchants are almost the only persons who possess this skill, even the native fishermen themselves being often ignorant on the subject, and always leaving the cargo to be assorted by the Chinese on their return to port. The commercial classification made by the Chinese is curious and particular. In the market of Macassar the greatest staple of this fishery, not less than thirty varieties are distinguished, varying in price from five Spanish dollars per picul to fourteen times that price, each being particularized by well known names. To satisfy curiosity I shall give a few of them, with their ordinary prices.
Tacheritang costs 68 Spanish dollars.
Batu-bsar - 54
Batu-tngah Batu-kchil Itam-basar Itam-tngah