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and sirih, delights in labial and guttural consonants, eschewing dental sounds to a great extent.
It is notable that the Sooloo people have preserved the tradition of Sarah and Abraham, as recorded on pp. 32, 33.
commerce of the group of Sooloo Islands is carried on through the
medium of Chinese traders who exchange Manchester goods, opium, tobacco
and other articles for Pearls and Pearl-shell, sharks' fins,
bêche-de-mer and native-manufactured cordage. Of these articles
Pearl-shell forms by far the largest proportion of the trade, and is
sold in London as " Manila " shell.
also find their way out of the country, but to a great extent by
stealth, as it is as much as a man's head is worth to sell any Pearl
over a certain size, these being the Sultan's perquisites. The Pearls
from Sooloo have ever been renowned as being the finest in the world,
and may be said to be found in very " high bred " shells, in deep,
clear and rapid tide-ways.
the father of the present Sultan died in 1879, he left a box full of
Pearls of large size and fine quality. At his death the contents of
this box met with foul play ; a portion of these