September 25th. Bright, clear, a little rough. In sight of islands most of day. Rain at 5:00 P.M. Cooler, but still electric. Lightning throbbing cumuli around the horizon always. Have been reading Nisbet’s “Burma Under British Rule”. Teak (Tectoria grandis) substitute for oak in shipbuilding, has essential oil which preserves iron in contact with it instead of rusting and corroding like the tannic acid of oak, the largest of the Verbenaceae. The finest, most extensive Teak forests are in Burma on headwaters or Irrawaddy. Burma, in general, the great natural storehouse of teak from which at present world’s supply is drawn. Dr. now Sir Dietrich Brandis, laid the foundation of the Forest Department in Burma in 1856. Was appointed Inspector-General of Forests in India in 1863, retired in 1883. Teak does not form pure forests. Girdled a year or two before felling to season, so as to float down the rivers - 6 ½ feet diameter called mature trees. At first only teak protected. By 1876,
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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