Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cover figs with boiling water; let stand for 10 minutes.
Drain and dry figs; cut into thin slices.
Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together; cut in shortening until mixture re- sembles coarse cornmeal.
Mix orange rind, egg and milk; add to dry ingredients.
Stir until just blended; stir in figs.
Pour into greased and paper-lined 9 x 5 x 3-inch pan.
Bake for about 1 hour or until browned.