Bureau of Agriculture.

Farmer’s Bulletin No. 8.

The Cocoanut

With Reference to Its Products and Cultivation in the Philippines.

By
William S. Lyon,
In charge of Division of Plant Industry.

Manila:
Bureau of Public Printing.

The legendary history of the “Prince of Palms,”1 as it has been called, dates back to a period when the Christian era was young, and its history is developing day by day in some new and striking manifestation of its utility or beauty. It seems not unreasonable to assume that much of the earlier traditionary history of the cocoanut may have been inspired as much by its inherent beauty as by its uses. Such traditional proverbs Or folklore as I have gathered in the Visayas recognize the influence of the beautiful, in so far as the blessings of the trees only inure to the good; for instance, “He who is cruel to his beast or his family will only harvest barren husks from the reproving trees that witness the pusillanimous act;” and, again, “He who grinds the poor will only grind water instead of fat oil from the....................

 

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