T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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KONINKLIJKE PAKETVAART MAATSCHAPPIJ.
protect the west coast of Sumatra against the power of the mighty ocean.
If we desire to return by rail to Padang, which for ladies would be preferable, then we are on the road from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and can enjoy the beautiful sight of the sun casting his first rays over the surface of the great lake, above which float the rosy-tinted clouds.
Before leaving Padang, a word or two may be said about the peculiar construction of the houses, and the population of the various parts of the country, which where discribed in the last chapter.
The stranger, and also the resident of Java, who comes from this island to Sumatra, is especially struck by the ornamental appearance of the native houses in the upper districts of Padang.
The ridge of their high roofs rises in one or more pair of points, as in sharp horns (tandoeq), whch are covered with shining tin, or interlaced with the black fibres of the aren-palm (idjoed). The number of points equals the smaller and higher wings, at the two sections ((andjoengs). There are sometimes as many as six. The middle portion of the majority of dwellings, is in itself much greater than the ordinary Javanese native houses, which fact is in unison with the great difference in family-life between the Javanese and the Malays of Sumatra. Among the latter, the married daugthers remain in their parents' house, of which a portion of the back part of the centre is partitioned off for them.
RCE-BARN IN THE PADANG HIGHLANDS.RA CE-BARN IN THE PADANG HIGHLANDS.