T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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What especially strikes the European coming from Java, is the more modern Western character in the laying out of the grounds and buildings, the greater variety in architecture, adapted to the mixed population. The cause of this lies in the proximity of the Straits-Settlements and the overwhelming influence of planters, the chief elements of European colonists. These, of all nations, chiefly consisting of young enterprising men fresh from Europe, have imprinted a Western character upon everything, and in the arrangement of their dwellings and plantations have followed the examples of their English neighbours across the Straits, rather than those of Java, which lies farther off. In society we shall observe a closer connection with Europe, as the Deli tobacco-planters travel more frequently to and from Europe than the Dutch settlers of Java, who still, to a great extent, keep up the old custom of remaining ten and even twenty years in the tropics.
Things worth seeing in Medan are: the palace of the Sultan, a new building erected by a European architect in a sort of Moorish style ; the new Chinese temple, bearing witness to the vast sums of money which are earned in Deli by the sons of the Celestial Empire.
The different buildings of the Deli Company have their chief office here. This, the largest a and oldest of the many tobacco- cultivating companies, was established in 1869, and not long ago, celebrated its twenty-fifth year of existence. They then had 100,000 acres of land at their disposal, divided into
TOBACCO-PLANTATION IN DELI.TOBACCO-PLANTATION IN DELI.