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Passengers for England are landed at Rotterdam, and are granted a free passage to London by Hook of Holland or Flushing routes. Return tickets available for two years are interchangeable with both companies.
The shipping facilities offered by the above-mentioned two lines, combined with the efforts in the same direction by the Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij have naturally produced most beneficent results as far as the commercial community of these Islands is concerned. 1 his is particularly noticeable in the principal cities where fine banking and insurance houses, high class stores and hotels have sprung up, ana are keeping step with the increasing demands which education, refinement and accumulated wealth are making.
THE RAILWAYS OF JAVA.
A few words concerning the railway systems of Java and Sumatra may be apropos and interesting.
In 1863 a company called the "Nederlan dsch Indische Spoorweg M a a t s c h a ppij" was formed for the purpose of laying down and working a railroad from Samarang through Solo to Djocja-karta. A concession having been On the Samaranfr-Willem I. Line.
granted by the Government of the
day, the work was at once commenced, and the line, with the addition of a branch from Tempoeran to Willem I., was opened to traffic on May ai st, 1873.
During the first few years the Company had great difficulties to Contend with owing to financial troubles. With the assistance of the Government, however, they not only completed the Samarang-Djocja-karta line, but constructed also a line from Batavia to Buitenzorg.