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then cut down and taken to the drying-sheds. These lofty, long sheds, with their gigantic roofs of "atap," are arranged in a long row by the high road, and are a characteristic of Deli scenery.
The fallow-lying fields may for a year be sown with rice by the population. After this time, they are left to themselves and are soon covered with a wilderness of bushes or else high alang-alang grass. The latter is getting too much the upper hand in Deli, principally owing to the burning down of the forests, which either by accident or on purpose, are set on fire and cannot grow again. The rewooding of land from which the tobacco has been gathered, is, therefore, one of the most difficult and important problems in Deli.
If a choice is to be made, then a visit to a plantation farther in
the interior, that is to say, situated on the borders of the hills, is to be recommended. The scenery there gains much in beauty, owing to the flat country being almost entirely stripped of wood, and besides this, an opportunity is afforded us of learning something about the remarkable population of these highlands, the Bataks.
The custom of cannibalism, to which this race of Malays owes its bad renown, does not exist, at least, amongst the Karo-Bataks, who live in the mountain districts on the borders of Deli, but they still have peculiarities enough to awaken the interest, even of the ordinary tourist, in the highest degree.
In appearance they do not differ very much from the Malays, although they can be distinguished from them. Their dress is
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