T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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that penetrate far into the mountains, and a tunnel through which runs a small river, and which affords the opportunity, in one day's journey, of coming out into the plain of Tanah-Datar a a couple of caves with stalactites, and a subterranean plateau with different basins, filled by a warm stream and full of fish.
There is no hotel at Boea, neither is there a pesanggrhan. If, therefore, we cannot obtain lodgings at the controller's, and we do not care to drive straight on fr^m Boea to Fort Van der Capellen
a four hours' drive a then it is better to take the direct route from Paja-Kombo to the above-named fort.
II. From Paja-Kombo to Batoe-Sangkar via Tandjong-Alam and Tabat-Patah.
For 16 or 18 guilders, a cart takes us along the road to Fort De Kock, back to the point, where the inner road turns off over the saddle, between the Merapi and the Sago.
At this point the Merapi lies before us, the Sago behind us to the left, and between the two a chain of steep hills covered with grass, from which chalk-rocks rise, forming a buttress for the saddle between the two volcanoes.
The road winds upwards along this wall, and it is, indeed, a heavy pull for the ponies before they reach the top, along Tandjong-Alam.
In order to render the ascent easier, we can walk a littly way and enjoy far better the splendid prospect. In the east rises the Sago, in the north the Bongsoe, washed by the Sinamar. To the north-east we have an extensive prospect over the independent lands of the interior, through which the Kampar and its tributaries run along under the shadow of primeval woods. From the softly undulated plain rise fantastically-shaped rocks. Should the ponies appear too tired to continue the journey, we might probably be able to hire another pair at Tabat-Patah (1030 m. above sea-level), where there is a pesanggrhan. With giddy speed we descend through the dense cofee-plantations into the plain of Tanah-Datar. We anxiously calculate what is most likely to happen a whether we shall see the rattling cart smash to atoms, and the little horses that speed along like lightning, tumble headlong down the road, or whether we shall get to the bottom safe and sound.
A NATIVE PONY.