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conies very tiresome. Looking westward across the. harbour one perceives a native village built right upon the water which, with its background of waving cocoanut palms and the brilliant colour of sky and water, produces a most striking picture. The village is reached by boat, although there is also a road running round the harbour connecting the town with the village, being the chief point of interest to visitors.
The natives appear to be a fine race and are evidently fond of frequent bathing. It was very amusing to see the young Papuans, of all sizes, swimming round the steamer and diving for any silver money which might be thrown to them. They are perfectly at home in the water and never fail to secure the coveted coin.
The Wharf.a Native Village.a The s.s "van Waerwijck" coming into Port.
Prominent among the buildings of the "Port" are those forming the official quarters of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor. At the time of writing the Honorable Stanisforth Smith was Acting-Governor and had just returned from an exploration trip into the interior. As no news came to hand for many weeks, grave fears were entertained for the safety of the party. Fortunately, however, the explorers returned safely after accomplishing a long and hazardous journey.
The climate of New Guinea is healthy although hot, but the southeast trade winds, which blow for eight months in the year, temper the heat considerably and make existence bearable. The future of Port