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skirt like a woman, It is indeed hard to tell at a little distance whether you are looking at a man or a woman. They all chew areca leaf & betel nut. For some reason the harbour police will not allow the natives to sell us articles but the water-boatmen manage to smuggle a few things on to our boat. Parties have gone ashore from the 'Chilka' , 'Machubra' & 'Hessian' but none from our ship. Evidently goods could not be sold us until we had been in port 24 hrs. for after tea a bum-boat came alongside with bananas, lemons,

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