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large quantities of these sea slugs being classed and sun-dried in the open streets. One striking feature of Dobo is the entire absence of white women, and during our progress through the town, the ladies of our party were objects of great interest. Entering a shop to purchase curios, we found that the doors and windows were soon occupied with natives of all sizes and colours eager to obtain a closer view of us. The weather although hot was rendered rather pleasant by the cool trade winds. Re'
turning to the ship we encountered a party of natives bearing on their heads large copper gongs-These gongs represented part of the wealth of a native chief, who, upon State occasions, is forcibly reminded of his wealth by the din caused by his subjects vigourously beating the gongs. One must admit that, although not beautiful, Dobo is picturesque. The white houses show prettily against the tall, graceful palms, and local colour is supplied by' the natives in their quain1 canoes. Good shooting is to be had on the island, pigeons, ducks, deer, and also the beautiful bird of paradise being plentiful.
On leaving Dobo \ve enter the last stage of our voyage to Java, as in four or live days we will reach Sourabaya, the principal commercial port of the Island.
In a few more days we shall leave our steamer, and this might be A fitting opportunity of taking a final glance at the good ship, "van Lin-schoten," which has carried us safely over the "deep blue sea."
The two steamers, "van Linschoten" and the "van Waerwyck," are sister ships, iron vessels of over 3500 tons and have both been designed with every regard to safety and comfort. The cabins are bright and airy and have large windows instead of port holes. Electric lights and fans are fitted in each state room and throughout the ship. Hot and cold
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