Department of Railways,
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Arsenal e Dock. SAIGON 16. Route. 179
Botanical Garden: Le Jardin Botanique is situated in the N. E. corner of the city between the arsenal and 1'Arroyo de l'Avalanche, and contains a menagerie. It is not a big garden, but is richly planted with large and luxuriant tropical trees and brightly coloured beautiful flowers. Its greenhouse contains a rare collection of orchids (orchidA(c)es) of Indo-China. Tigers, leopards, bears, elephants, and various kinds of reptiles are kept here and there throughout the garden. There is also a big iron cage containing all sorts (120 kinds) of native birds of Indo-China. Near a pond is a band-sland, where the city military band plays every Sunday. Hiere is also an experimental garden, devoted especially to the study and the propagation of tropical plants. A catalogue is published annually and distributed to all the botanical gardens of the World, for the special purpose of securing orders for seeds.
Barks: Jardin de la Ville (Pl. D E5), Rue Tabert et Chas-seloup-Laubat. It extends from Rue PA(c)piniA re to the back of the Gouvernement GA(c)nA(c)ral and contains many old trees. On its lawn, foot-ball is played every Sunday. Jardin Botanique (Pl. G 2), Rue Richaud.
Arsenal and Dock:a (Pl. H 3) The arsenal faces the Boulevard Luro on one side and the Saigon River on another. Its grounds are roughly square and have a circumference of 2 km. It is the greatest of all French colonial institutions of the kind and has a considerable quantity of materials, together with the latest equipments. Its great iron hammer, weighing two tons, can easily forge guns of big calibre. In ordinary times, it undertakA s, beside its military work, the work of repairing merchant vessels, and machinery, and also of building small boats.
Bassin de Radoub is one of the greatest docks in the world. It was started in 1884 and completed in five years, at a cost of 7 ooo,ooo frs. Its length is 168 metres, 12 metres longer than the French dock of Toulon.
Fishing Scene in the Mekong.