National Geographic : 1920 Mar
FORMOSA THE BEAUTIFUL 251 A DUCK-TENDER GIVING IIIS BROODS A SWIM Formosans are extremely fond of ducks. On a walk through country districts the traveler frequently encounters a youth with a long pole acting as tender for two or three hundred, sometimes a thousand, birds which have no special feeding ground, but wander over the countryside, eating and drinking wherever they choose. SCENE IN FORMOSA'S OPIUM MONOPOLY BUREAU: THE ROUND BALLS OF CRUDE OPIUM ARE IMPORTED FROM INDIA AND THE FLAT PARCELS COME FROM PERSIA Opium smoking is controlled by license. About 2 per cent of the Chinese in Formosa are still addicted to the habit, but year by year the practice is being checked.. The island has a population of more than 3,600,000, more than 92 per cent of whom are classified as "Formosans," mainly people of Chinese blood: a little more than 3 per cent are Japanese, and 3 per cent are aborigines ("ripe" and "raw" savages; see text, page 272).