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24 m., and threw a steamship a distance of 3300 metres from her anchorage, right over the harbour-head into the midst of a Chinese market-place. On the west coast of Java, it swept away in its downward course 36 000 people, with their cattle and villages, with trees and rocks, and transformed a fertile strip of land, 50 miles in length and about 5000 metres in width, into a barren wilderness.
The pumice-stone thrown up, covered the surface of the sea over a very considerable distance. In consequence of that eruption a great part of the island had disappeared and the rest was, by the many layers of burning lava, deprived of all vegetable and animal life. But three years after the disaster already a fresh flora on Krakatau arose, on the shore mainly consisting of the same plants as those which cover new coral-islands, plants of which the seeds are carried by the currants of the sea and which grow on a saltish ground. The inward flora of the island, however, at that time consisted of sea-weed, of which the seeds probably were carried by the wind. Behind this gigantic monster, with its cracks and crevices, over which a fine green tint is just beginning to appear, the life-inspiring sun is setting in golden glory.
When we have passed this island to the south, close to the shore, the rosy tint of the waves has already changed into grey, and the last light of day is falling on the perpendicular mountain wall at the west side, whilst straight before us appears the shining
THF. "MAETSUYKER" IN THE EMMA-HARBOUR.THF. "MAETSUYKER" IN THE EMMA-HARBOUR.