and with a very dense foliage, and dotted here and there with the fruit.
I bought a dozen in the market to try.
We had heard how delicious they were but they were not yet ripe in S. A.
They have a decided flavor of turpentine and it would take time to acquire the taste for these.
Our object in going into the country was to visit Abubu, the clove plantation.
All these islands possess qualities which are especially adapted to the clove and 90% of the cloves of the world are grown here.
It has been a great Arab monopoly.
The clove grows on a large and graceful tree.
These are planted about 24ft apart and their branches touch when grown.
Alarge [A large] bright red bud appears inbunches [in bunches].
From the end a flowerinsignificant [flower insignificant] in appearance and of bright yellow in color blossoms.
The seed pods which follow are in shape like the clove with only one on a stem.
These stems are in bunches.
They are red and green in patches.
When ripe an outer peel comes off.
These will not be ripe before spring.
The leaf and the blossom and the seed pods all taste of the spice.
I was fortunately able to get good photos of many interesting things in Zanzibar.
At 2.30 I was driven to the American Consulate, where Mr. A. W. Weddell has invited several Americans.
We had a nice talk and then went to the English Club for lunch.
Mrs. Edward Clark, wife of the British Commissioner, was present and after lunch I went with her in her ricksha to the Residency which is a big fine building.
She showed me over it and it was beautifully adapted to tropical life with its big verandahs and Indian fans which are hung over tables and chairs and worked by a string pulled by a black boy.
The object of the visit was to see some little animals-the smallest antelope in Afraca [Africa], the Paa.
There were six and no larger that [than] a cat but decked forth with little horns.
They are native in Zanzibar.
Mrs. Clark sent me with her ricksha to the beach where I got a boat gor [for] the ship.
The others had preceded me.
The ship inself [itself] offered good entertainment.
It was surrounded by all sorts of curious craft filled with men and boys, in all conceivable dress and undress and with all kinds of head dress.
Samll [Small] boats in which two half grown boys could comfortable [comfortably] sit were numerous and were propelled by their hands..
They requested tikkies and when one was thrown out they would jump and catch them under the water.
On board several Indian traders had spread their wares and were doing a lively business, the passengers usually getting what they wanted for about half the price asked.
Miss Cameron got a beautiful carved ivory box for 2lbs; the Doctor got a well made embroidered blouse for 6shillings (silk) and an embroidered pongee dress pattern for a pound.
Mrs. Boesma had the temerity to buy a pearl and diamond ring for a hundred dollars and all the ladies bought drawn work table spreads and similar things for small figures.
I bought nothing.
Meanwhile the steamer was loading with interesting things.
The chief thing is Copra.
It is rotted cocoanuts [coconuts] which are taken to Marseilles and there the juice is expressed and made into soap.
The smell is strong but not offensive.
Much ivory tusks of elephants, comes through this port.
Formerly practially [practically] all from central africa [Africa] came here.
Then after getting the tusks whch [which] are very heavy and worth from $200 to $500 per pair, the buyers bought or stole or captured slaves to carry them to Zanzibar.
Here slaves were bought and sold until 20 and some say 12 years ago.
We took on a good many boxes of cloves also.
(A tree must be ten years old before it is in full bearing.)
The British Government forbid slavery here i n [in] 1890 but the law was violated for some time after.
The guide told us that now when people had slaves they had to pay them.
We were sorry to leave when our time arrived, for it certainly seemed as if we had come into a dream land where its strange people, strange flowers and fruits and buildings and boats might well have been the creation of the imagination.
A guide book saidof [said of] ZanzibarN [Zanzibar]: "set in a sea of perfect sapphire blue, withits [with its] graceful contours outlined in tenderest green and rounded hills crowned with dainty palmswhich [palms which] lazily nod their feathery crowns in the balmy air, etc."
The cocoanut [coconut] is certainly the most picturesque thing I know as it grows very tall and its tuft of graceful leaves and fruits are always outlines against the sky.
My photos must tell the rest of the tale of out [our] delightful visit to Zanzibar.
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