the water to the Sultan's palace, which is a fine Oriental building situated in really beautiful gardens. A servant took me over parts of both. A sort of ppen conservatory is made by a creeper trailing over iron work, supported by iron pillars, which are just elongated cages of bits of stones indiscriminately filled in. Here I was given an extraordinarily-shaped orchid of great beauty. As I carried it through the streets I was embarrassed by quite a Crowd of people who followed me. It aroused a some-what similar interest in Singapore. From the shady gardens I went on to the very handsome and striking new mosque of alabaster and marble. The glass chandeliers are particularly fine. The panoramic v*ew of the surrounding district from the mosque is grand. There is a good deal of gambling carried on in Johore.
I understand that there is to be a railway bridge fCrAss the straits, three-quarters of a mile long, and it ls hoped that it will be available for vehicles and
Tigers have been known to swim across the strait to the island, but as there were many pigs, cats and goats about the farmsteads which my train passed, it Was evident that wild beasts do not often put in an aPpearance.
Tuesday, December 3.aBefore breakfast a Malay ^ghta small monkey and a green parrot on board a,*d exchanged them with me for three dollars. They Will take some looking after, I fear, before I get them But I am told that " Pollie " will die before