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commercial houses, banks, post and telegraph offices and municipal buildings occupy the lour sides of a large square in the centre of the town. Originally a private garden, intended for the recreation of the daughters of the Sultan of Deli, this square is now the favourite evening promenade of Medan. Upon the green sward in the evenings football matches are played and a native band discourses pleasant music. Smart up-to-date vehicles are seen dashing past containing well-dressed people and occasionally a fair equestrienne joins the throng. The scene is a particularly gay one and the many handsome equipages and motor cars with their gaily-attired occupants, impress the visitor as to the prosperity of this flourishing city. The streets are well kept and clean, and the whole town, being lighted with electricity, gives a distinctly European effect to the scene. Within the last few years the town has become a municipality, and the prominent local men associated with it have accomplished many improvements.
A visit should be paid to the Palace of the Sultan a built in Moorish stylea the fine Chinese temple, the Mahomedan mosque and the private zoological collection belonging to the Chinese captain at Pulo Brian. Medan is also the seat of the Resident of the East Coast of Sumatra, the Residency itself being a very line building. Deli, as well as the three neighbouring States of Langkat, Asahan and Serdang, are famous for the excellence of the tobacco leaf it produces. Other products are Liberian coffee, rubber, pepper and cocoa-nuts. From Langkat, benzine and kerosene oils are exported in large quantities, and in this industry, as well as in rubber, Sumatra has an assured future. The population of the East Coast is about 700,000, of which total the Malays and Chinese are greatly A trip can be made to the coastal town of Tandjong Balei per steamer along the broad Asahan River and from there down the river to its junction with the Pane River to Laboean Bilik. From here the K.P.M. steamers leave direct for Singapore or via Bengkalis and Siak along the coast. ,
The short journey by boat to the principal town on the West Coast of Sumatra, Padang, is full of interest and the beautiful views en routea a the picturesque Sunda Straits and the numerous PADANG verdure-clad islands seemingly floating on A sea of glassa will strongly appeal to the artistic tastes of the traveller. The bold rugged coast line abundantly clothed with vegetation offers views of magnificent mountains, range upon range, until their
A Native Woman, Sumatra.
in the majority.