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^[[The language is almost identical to that of Swatow.]] The language spoken at Hai-Nan according to these women is very different from Cantonese which is not understood at [[Hamian?]] altho its is under the same provincial government. The islands is mountainous but the people are peaceful. Tigers, thee king obra + pythons occur, also a large black ape. The cocoa nut abounds + [[strikethrough]]the [[/strikethrough]] hard shell is carved very expertly by the natives into ornaments. The weather continued foggy + rainy all day + was cool + pleasant. The distance from HongKong to Hoybou or Hainan is 150 miles & requires about 30 hours by this steamer. The anchorage is about 3 miles off shore owing to the shallow channel. The occurrence of tigers is not mentioned in either the piolet book or Albee's account of the mammals. The island is 153 miles lg. by 90 in width. The highest mountains are 6,000 feet hg. but the interior is little known.
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