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GILBERT LITTLE STARK 381
Bhamo, Burmah, January 7, 1908.
Dear Ones, a At Singapore we spent our Christmas day very pleasantly, but very quietly, and with constant thoughts of what a they are doing at home at just this moment.a
We were not quite alone, for the T-a s
were with us, and we met four San Francisco ladies who are travelling together. Christmas Eve we all attended midnight mass at the Catholic Cathedral, and saw a very impressive service, with an Archbishop as the leading attraction.
The street-life furnishes the chief interest in Singapore, and the Botanical Gardens and the Reservoir make charming drives, while a halfday is sufficient to see the capital city of the Sultan of Jahore on the near mainland. Singapore roads are excellent: the hard soil takes on a surface like an asphalt pavement, and gleams bright red, in contrast to the banks of heavy green on either side. The city is only one degree above the Equator, so the foliage is much like that of Java; and, strange to say, the temperature during our four daysa stay was a mild, pleasant 80 degrees in the shade.
Singapore is of course in the Malay country,