THE PEARL FISHERY -- DESOLATION OF THE COAST -- HARBOR OF TRINCOMALEE -- FATAL ATTACK BY A SHARK -- FEROCIOUS CROCODILES -- SALT MONOPOLY -- SALT LAKES -- METHOD OF COLLECTION -- NEGLECT OF CEYLON HIDES -- FISH AND FISHING -- PRIMITIVE TACKLE -- OYSTER AND PENKNIVES -- A NIGHT BIVOUAC FOR A NOVICE -- NO DINNER, BUT A GOOD FIRE -- WILD YAMS AND CONSEQUENCES -- THE ELEPHANTS' DUEL -- A HUNTING HERMITAGE -- BLUEBEARD'S LAST HUNT -- THE LEOPARD -- BLUEBEARD'S DEATH -- LEOPARD SHOT.
WHILE fresh from the subject of government mismanagement, let us turn our eyes in the direction of one of those natural resources of wealth for which Ceylon has ever been renowned -- the "pearl fishery." This was the goose which laid the golden egg, and Sir W. Horton, when governor of Ceylon, was the man who killed the goose.
Here was another fatal instance of the effects of a live years' term of governorship.
It was the last year of his term, and he wished to prove to the Colonial Office that "his talent" had not been laid up in a napkin, but that he had left the colony with an excess of income over expenditure. To obtain this income he fished up all the oysters, ruined the fishery