Nakajima. Kuala Lumpur.
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.
lowly moss contrast with the pure white of the majestic marble hollowed out in smooth depressions by the age-long action of water. From the soaring top depend strange icicles in lime. The cave is duplicate. The second hall is roofless and open to the sky. Here you shall look up and high, high on the brim of this great cup, see monkeys scrambling. Higher and higher they go, hand over hand, swarming up the ropes of the creepersa roots which hang over the dizzy edge, clambering over the rock cornices till they reach the dwarfed ill-nourished bushes which nod into the air over the edge of the vortex where the swallow has made a nest. The blue sky is like a cloth drawn over all, and across it there floats from time to time a butterfly. Returning, as you mount to the cave-mouth the ground rings hollow under foot and argues other unknown depths beneath. Half-way down the steps is a rough track to the right which leads to another cave inhabited by bats, white snakes, frogs, toads, and a very vile smell. This
cave extends 887 yards into the bowels of the rock before ever you come to the bottom. It is dark and dirty walking, and should only be attempted with a guide and lights, but the entrance at least may be visited. To see the caves takes about an hour.
Residence of His Highness the Sultan of Selangor, and centre of a famous rubber planting district. Port Swettenham is its port. North and south of it lie Kuala Selangor and Kuala Langat, also great planting districts, with coconuts as well as rubber.
Headquarters of the Negri Sembilan Government, a tin mining town, but also centre of a large rubber planting district. This is the junction for Port Dickson, a delightful health resort on the coast, with a sanitarium bungalow (permission from District Officer, Coast, Port Dickson), where sea-bathing can be enjoyed.
Arriving at Malacca by rail one finds the station to be a short quarter mile from the town. From the platform are visible the twin towers of the French Missiona s Church and the hill of Saint Paul with its ruined church and signal station. Rikishas are the conveyance here, and are suited to Malaccaa s narrow streets. The route to the bridge, whither all traffic from the railway station tends, is past two Malay mosques and up Jonker Street. The town is quite small, and except for its curiosity shops presents few features of interest besides Jonker Street and Heeren