National Geographic : 1939 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ( ~-# ! UNDER THE SPREADING BAOBAB TREES WINDS THE CHRISTMAS ISLAND ROAD Only one highway penetrates the tiny island, a dependency of Singapore. High in the huge trees, sometimes 30 feet in diameter, grows monkey bread, a gourdlike fruit with a pleasant acid pulp, which may be eaten or crushed into a beverage. Bark and leaves of the baobab trees have medicinal value and the bark also is made into cloth and ropes. The Malay driver of the automobile spoke no English, so the signal for him to stop when the author wished to make pictures was a punch in the back (page 65).