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sign of the presence of fresh water in the vicinity. It attains a height of 40 to 50 feet. The unsplit round trunks are used for the posts of Malay houses, while when split up they are employed for flooring, rafters, and c. As a rule, the posts do not last more than three or four years, but as the wood is plentiful, and requires no preliminary preparation beyond cutting to the proper lengths, this disadvantage is the less felt. The head, or cabbage, formed of the unexpanded leaves, is a delicious vegetable.
Its utility to the natives will be understood from the fact that nearly all the houses in the city of Brunei, with a population reckoned at 20,000, as well as the rough bridges, or " jumbatans," connecting them, are built of this palm over the water of the river of that name. This tree will be found most useful by tobacco-planters for all temporary buildings, such as drying-houses, coolie-lines, and so forth, and some have been already exported to Sulu for these purposes.
TRADE RETURNS. Exports and Imports, 1883 to 1888.
1 j 1883. 1884. I 1885. 1886. 1887. 1888.
Imports . ! a a a 'A429,919 ! $ ^377,885 $ 648,318 $ 849,115 $ 958,643 $ 1,261,998
Exports i A184,173 401,641 524,724 535,267 525,876
a. For Sandakan only.
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