IN TEE COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS.
above the sea-level. It contains the Stadthouse, the offices of the Government, with the various consulates and banks, all convenient to the wharf and the Custom-house, situated along the banks of canals, which intersect the town in every direction. Round this European nucleus cluster the native village, the Arab and the Chinese a camps.a
OA Chinamen, Batavia contains many thousands of inhabitants, and, without this element, she might almost close her warehouses, and send the fleet that studs her roads to ride in other harbours ; for every mercantile house is directly dependent on their trade. They are almost the sole purchasers of all the wares they have to dispose of. They rarely purchase except on credit, and a very sharp eye indeed has to be kept on them while their names are on the firma s books, for they are inveterate, but clever scoundrels, ever on the outlook for an opportunity to defraud. In every branch of trade, the Chinaman is absolutely indispensable, and, despite his entire lack of moral attributes, his scoundrelism and dangerous revolutionary tendencies, he must be commended for his sheer hard work, his indomitable energy and perseverance in them all. There is ftA t a species of trade in the town, except, perhaps, that of bookseller and chemist, in wrhich he does not engage. Many of them possess large and elegantly fitted up tokos or shops, filled with the best European, Chinese, and Japanese stores; their workmanship is generally quite equal to European, and in every case they can far undersell their Western rivals.
The Arab, who like the Chinaman is prevented because of his intriguing disposition from going into the interior of the island, does, in a quiet and less obtrusive way, a little shopkeeping and money-lending, but is offener owner of some sort A f coasting craft, with which he trades from port to port, or to the outlying islands.
The natives of the towna that is, coast Malays and Sun-danesea perform only the most menial w7ork ; they are vehicle drivers, the more intelligent are house servants, small traders, and assistants to the Chinese, but the bulk are coolies. They have no perseverance, and not much intelligence; and are very lazy, moderately dishonest, and inveterate gamblers, but otherwise innocuous.
This was the Batavia a fatal-climated Batavia a of past