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window, which commands the upper deck, and turns the big horn of his Victor towards us. Then we lie back and look at the blazing tropic stars and phosphorus-streaked water, and hear Melba and Eames and Plan^on and Caruso to our hearta s content.
We are now passing from the South China Sea into the Java Sea, and are threading an acrobatic passage through a tangle of reefs and islands. Above is a small reef and the distant shore of Billiton, which scene now lies before me if I raise my eyes above this paper. The sea between me and the reef is wrinkled and streaked by the soaring of a school of tiny flying-fish, getting out of our boata s way.
The food we have on this boat is very good, and has two distinctly Javanese features which we find delicious. The first is using molasses or syrup with the oatmeal in place of milk. The second is the rice-table (rijst-tafel) at tiffin. The first requisite for the rice-table is a large soup-plate. This you heap with rice. Then on the rice