T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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KONINKLIJKE PAKETVAART MAATSCHAPPIJ. , 121
This little place, charmingly situated on the seashore upon gently undulating land, is noted for its neatness and pleasant position. The fort, which dates from the English period, and is now garrisoned by a company of infantry, rises close to the sea, upon a hill covered with short grass.
Behind this lies the drill ground, surrounded by broad ways, covered with white sand and bordered with fine lawns. Close to it is the spacious dwelling of the Resident.
This part of the place is more like an English park than an Indian town; the parts round about the markets, with the pavements, and the houses covered with high tiled roofs, betray their British origin,
DWELLING OF THE RESIDENT AT PALEMBANQ.
as well as the English money that was spent on them. It can easily be understood that the English Governor Raffles was loth to part with this favourite of his, not knowing that Singapore, near the other side of Sumatra, which he had founded, would have such a splendid future.
Behind the place, the ground rises rapidly, and runs slowly up against the west slopes of the central mountains, of which the Loemoe (1806 m.) in the north, the "Sugar-loaf, the Kaba (1650 m.), and finally the Dempo (3170 m.) in the south-east, attract our attention.
The Kaba is distinguished by the vaporous clouds which it sends