Science: Monkey Meat

To New Orleans last week returned Dr. Franz Blom from seven months in Central America and Mexican jungles. His party had been hunting Mayan vestiges. Their best find was cloth 1,500 years old. Interesting was evidence of a game quite like squash played by the aborigines.

Disgusting, however, was the food they were obliged to eat when their civilized provender gave out. Edible berries abounded, but often resembled poisonous kinds. They gingerly tried armadillo meat, scooping the flesh from the bowl-like shells. It had a faint herby taste. In extremity they killed small...

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