This catch was shown to Dr. W. H. Furness in 1902 by a Natik woman, "Emily," who was returning to the Caroline Islands, on the steamer Oceana, from Australia, where she had gone from Ponapè as a nurse in an English family. Natik (or Ngatik) is a small island south of Ponapè, with a population of about one hundred and fifty. It has twice been swept by tidal waves and almost all of the inhabitants killed. The natives speak a strange dialect of Ponapè intermingled with English words. They are chiefly the descendants of an African negro from a whaling vessel and a native woman from Ponapè.
This figure is closely related to the Torres Straits catch, the "King Fish." The result produced by the first four movements of the "King Fish" differs from the result of the first four movements of this catch merely in the twist in the left index loop. The opening movements of this figure are very neat, and, so far as I know, are not found in any other string figure. Of course the same result can be obtained, if after Opening A you release the right index loop and give the right thumb and index loops a single twist.
All these catches, whether of wrist or finger, as well as the tricks in which the string is unexpectedly drawn from the hand or neck, possess a great attraction to all natives; it is truly delightful to witness their pleasure when they are successful, and their gratification at the observer's astonishment which it will amply repay him to make very evident.