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A SUBSTITUTE FOR FUSEES. 277
Bantam, and to the east a largo tract of tlie Pre- anger, with part of the province of Krawang, &c. A more extensive view could not well be obtained.
It was very fortunate we had such a clear day, as many wlio have taken the trouble to ascend the movuitain have only met with disappointment on reaching the summit, which they have found en- velo])ed in clouds and mist.
Before starting on our return, I felt desirous to smoke a cigar, in order "to keep the cold out;" but finding I liad forgotten my fusees, I asked one of the men if he could give me a light. He im- mediatelv ])icke(l up a dried })iece of wood, and hold- ini>' it fixed on the ground, asked one of his com- panions to ml) another across it. This being (piicklv done, in less than five minutes the friction causL'd tlic ujjright piece to burn. The man soon ])!c\v it into a ilanu', and lianiU'd it to me. 1 had often heanl of this >iiiiple ])r()cess, Ijut never before witnessed it.