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questioned disclaimed, with a sort of awe, their ever exploiting these cliffs for nests. They were too ignorant, they said, to find the nests, and too fearful of falling
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down from the great heights, to attempt to do so. But the Malay come twice a year from Pulo-Penang and climb up. They bring dammer torches with them, and remain within the inner cave ten days, getting shut in there by the sea ; and collect six gunny bags of nests. It is a fearful place, where men fall and are killed. Formerly it was worked by Burmans, and the cave is named after one who fell and broke his back here.
The sea-cunny, who extracted this information by slow decrees, sent rorth volumes of amazement at
hearing that for ten days the Malay went in and came not out. And it is easy to picture the wild scene within, when these men are at work ; the roaring echoes that