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small canoes float on the calm, blue waters, and in the distance loom the white spires of the city. Ships of all nations lie alongside the spacious wharves, and a landing is quickly effected.
Singapore being a free port, the traveller experiences no delav With Customs examination. The wharves are some two miles in length, and at all periods of the year present a busy and animated spectacle. Everywhere gangs of coolies hurry to and from the large steamers laden with miscellaneous burdens ; hundreds of canoes, each with its bronzed crew, line the water's edge. The bustle and confusion of the busy scene is indelibly imprinted on the mind. Obliging porters of the different hotels are in attendance at the docks, and, securing a gharri or rickshaw, the visitor is driven to the city, about two miles distant.
Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1S19, the city of to-day has much to be proud of, as its line streets are lined with splendid buildings, and even in the native quarters modern residences are to be seen. On the outskirts of the city, on a small hill, stands the Governor's Palace, 'n a charming, well laid-out park.
A magnificent thoroughfare, the pride of the city, fronts the outer harbour, and well-shaded avenues 011 the foreshore provide a fashionable promenade. A military band discourses excellent music, and the throng of well-dressed people create a picture of singular attractiveness. In a he centre of the town is the Commercial Square, where most of the banks, the financial institutions and leading commercial houses are situated. It is about 200 yards long by 50 yards wide, with garden plots in the centre, and, with the adjacent streets, forms the hub of business life in Singapore. The shops are large, handsomely fitted, lavishly stocked, capable of supplying almost any want. The most notable buildings are