T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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Whoever travels to the Dutch East Indies by the German, French, or English mail, or crosses over to it from British-India, or comes out of the north-east from Japan or China, will have to leave the steamer at Singapore.
But even to him, who from Batavia or any other Dutch port, wishes to travel through the Archipelago, a visit to this great commercial harbour and chief port of East-Asia cannot be anything but agreeable. The visit should not occupy more than a few days, as the heat on the low island detracts very considerably from the pleasure.
Singapore is much more attractive than any of the harbours on the north coast of Java; it lies right on the sea, on a dry streak of the coast along a splendid roadstead. It has, besides, a much more European and modern character than the latter, which, although it makes it more pleasant to the eye, especially from the sea, has also serious disadvantages, as it is certainly not pleasant in a tropical climate on the coast, to walk in the burning heat along quays unsheltered from the sun, and to have to climb steep stairs to third storeys.
The mail-boats lie alongside the quays of Tandjong-Pagar docks, at about half an hour's walk from the town, and can be reached by "gharrie" (palanquin), or by rickshaw (a Japanese conveyance drawn by Chinese). On the landing-place we find Malay porters from the hotels. The office of the Royal Packet Company is in the town on the quay, close to the landing-place, which is sheltered from the sud by a large awning. Quite close to it is the fine post-office, and the great club, which is distinguished, both for the splendid view which it commands of the roadstead, and for the tasteful arrangement of its spacious dining and conversation rooms.
The large Htel de l'Europe is situated on the esplanade,
where stands the statue of A rickshaw.where stands the statue of A rickshaw.