It is still the remains of the great volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatau, in the Straits of Sunda, eighteen months ago.
Krakatau shows us an earlier stage and how by simple agencies, continually at work, that stock might be supplied.
In 1883 the small island of Krakatau was destroyed by the most violent volcanic eruption on record.
Krakatau, though uninhabited, was the occasional resort of fishermen who plied their calling in the Sunda Straits.
For eight weeks Krakatau blazed and thundered, the explosions being audible at Batavia, eighty miles off.