ship. Sometimes they would deliberately smash open one and run off with its contents. There was a great scrimmage and but litde was done to prevent it. It seems extraordinary that the owners had no one there to see to their safe delivery, for the ship's responsibility, of course, ceased when the goods were deposited on the wharf.
It is very hot and I have indulged in a pith helmet and a close crop of hair. In the afternoon I took a jinrikisha to Gaylang, a few miles out into the country, and then on through splendid rubber, cocoa-nut and banana plantations to Tanjong Katong on the sea. It is called the Brighton of Singapore. The Sea View Hotel is in charming surroundings, and the bathing is good. On my way back I watched some remarkably good cricket near the esplanade. Both ground and pavilion were excellent.
Sunday, December I.aThe working of cargo went on all night. The coolies were very noisy, but they work hard with very long hours, and for what I fear is but small pay, 70 cents, per day. A great deal of splendid raw material is being shipped hereaabout 4 5,000 tonsatin blocks; cedar, camphor and ebony wood ; rubber and hides ; tapioca and pine applesaall raw material for our folk at home and elsewhere to turn into manufactures to supply both home and foreign markets. To stow all this material away requires skill, and the work done is really splendid.
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