Department of Railways,
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Route XXII. Singapore.
Arrival. Singapore may be reached either by land or sea but it is essentially a seaport. Here stop all the passengers coming from Japan, China and French Indo-China, or from Europe via the Suez Canal, or from Australia and the Dutch East Indies, or from such neighbouring countries as Siam and Jndia. It is the gate of the Far Fast; all ships, large and small, bound either E. or W., must necessarily pass through this port, and, as to the number of vessels entering and clearing, Singapore occupies the seventh place among the ports of the world. Being a world port, almost all nationalities are represented here, and any passenger will see the flag of his own country waving in its harbour. Those coming by land reach here mostly by train from Penang. All the smaller steamers coming from such neighbouring countries as Siam, Java, cte., moor at Johnston's Pier, but all the ocean flyers going E. and W. anchor in Keppel Harbour or New Harbour.
This port being in a fortified zone, no passenger is allowed to take a photograph or a sketch within one thousand yards of it. Anyone infringing this regulation will be fined and his apparatus confiscated, but those who wish to take pictures of the city or the harbour for innocent purposes may apply to the Colonial Secretary and obtain his permission.
Raffles Library and Museum, Singapore.
As soon as the steamer stops at the wharf, each passenger should choose a reliable hotel and entrust to its runner the care of his luggage. This is the safest and the most convenient way As loafers occasionally appear on the wharf, pretending to be guides, and offer the r services to secure a sampan, etc., demand;ng an exorbitant fee afterwards, the passenger should be on his guard ag inst such practices. The best way is not to deal with any, except those wearing a cap or an arm-band bearing the name of the hotel at which he intends to stop.
From Keppel Harbour Dock or Tanjong Pagar Dock to the city there are automobile, tramway, carriage, and rikisha services.
Those who arrive at Tank Road Station will not find hotel porters in attendance. The same inconvenience sometimes occurs even at Johnston's l ier. The passenger should, therefore, wire beforehand to a reliable hotel, so as to provide against such an emergency.