For making fire in the Philippine Islands there is a curious contrivance used by some few of the natives of Northern Luzon. It consists of a hardwood tube of about one centimeter bore and 6 centimeters in length, and a piston of slightly less diameter and length. The tube is cosed at one end by an air-tight plug or, instead, the wood forming the tube is not bored through its entire length. The inside of the tube is smooth and highly polished. The piston has a handle and resembles the piston of a boy's popgun. The end of the piston is made to fit the tube air-tight by a wrapping of waxed thread, and directly in the end a shallow cavity is cut. Lint'rscraped from weather beatue timber and well dried is used for tinder. A email bit of this lint is placed in the cavity at the end of the| piston, the latter is inserted 1/2 in. in the open end of the tube, and then driven quickly home with a smart stroke of the palm. Upon withdrawing the piston the lint is found ignited, the sudden compression of air generating the necessary heat.