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AncientNativeBake0ven andDistillerv The primitive metho,dof distillation was by the use of a barrel with both ends removed. This was placed over a kettle containing the fermented sap of the coconut palm. The joint between the kettle and the barrel was sealed with banana leavesto prevent the escapeof the vapor.Another round bottom receptacle was placed on the, top of the barrel and ryas kept filled with cool rn'ater by continual changing, this apparatus being the condenser. The hot vallor rising in the barrel came

in contact with the cool bottom of the top cover and it then ran dou'n to the lo.ll'estpoint, clropping off into a secticn of bamboo which was split lengthu,ise and acted as a trough. This trough was suspendedby cords and r,veightedwith stones to keep it in its proper position. The tr.ough extended through the side of the barrel and permitted the liquid, ctguardiente,to drop into a bottle or other recentacle.

Language 0ddities Coin: from the instrument that first rnade it. Our word coi,n.is Cerirredflom the Latiln cuneus meaning "wedge," and then "die for stamping money." The French forrn of the rvord is coztz, taken into English first in the old sense of "die for starnping money," then coming to mean the "impression of the die," or the "piece of metal stamped rvith the die." Manufacture: literally, a making by hand.

The modern senseof nzanzt{o"cttlL"e is the contradiction of its original sense, for nrurufctcture comes from the Latin Mantts, "hand," and facere, "to make," that is, "a making by hand." The developmentof modern industr;r has carried the word along with the process which it named. Things are no longer made by hand, or almost never. Manufacture now suggests machinery and our word handttade must now be used to conl'ev the literal scnse cf ntcr,tzufacture.

The Guam Recorder (1924 - 1940) Seventeenth Anniversary  

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