East of this again is the entrance to the new wet lagoon dock, an enormous excavation flanked by a titanic wall. Beyond this, still to the east, comes No. 6, where the Blue Funnel Holt steamers lie, followed by Nos. 5, 4 and 3, occupied by cargo steamers of all kinds. No. 2 is where the British India boats lie with the English mail. Beyond it are the Harbour Board offices, and finally No. 1 Section, for cargo steamers.
As we go along the road we remark on the right a little hill crowned with a building of evidently sacred character. The entrance to this p]ace is along a green lane, Palmer Road, on the sea side of the main road. This rjuns through a small Malay village and ends at the Palmer Godowns, close to which are a Chinese temple, and, on the little hill, the tomb of a local saint, surrounded by a Malay cemetery. All such places are called in Malay a Kramat,a from a corruption of the term a pulang karahmat Allah a (returned to the mercy of God), which is used to describe the death of a Moslem, and this place is accordingly known as the Kramat Habib Noh. The grave of Habib Noh is in a chamber at the top of a flight of steps, but it presents no feature of interest. The Chinese
temple close at hand is, however, a good specimen of Chinese temple architecture and has some interesting pictures on the walls. Should anyone be curious enough to wish to enter the tomb of Habib Noh he will have to remove his shoes, as is the Malay custom. From the Malay graveyard eastwards along the sea, as far as Johnstona s Pier, there is now a concrete wharf, and beyond it a breakwater. The wharfage originally belonged to the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company, but they were bought out a few years ago by the Government. Continuing on, we reach the building area of the town, passing a large market on our way. Markets in a strange land are always interesting, and it is perhaps w^orth while to stop and walk through. Beyond this, if we keep to the sea front, we come to Collyer Quay, where all the principal mercantile houses are situated. Collyer Quay faces the Singapore Roads, and haS several landing places. The Roads are used by the local coasting ships mainly, and are the centre of the large transhipment trade. The produce is carried in boats into godowns on the river and elsewhere, where it is prepared for export to Europe, then taken either by water or by land to Tanjong Pagar for shipment on the ocean-going steamers. Large works, consisting of a reclamation and a mole which will form a sheltered harbour for small tonnage steamers with a view of facilitating this trade, have recently been constructed. On the Telok Ayer reclamation, the Federated Malay States Railways are constructing six large godowns, or warehouses, with an area of 300,000 square feet, for the storage of rubber. To the left of Collyer Quay we come to Raffles Place, where is the business heart of the European side of Singapore life. Here are all the principal shops, the banks, the shipping offices, and close by, on the sea, is Johnstona s pier. The building opposite this is the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, and opposite it is the Chamber of Commerce building, in which is the Singapore Club. Next to this comes the Post Office, and between it and the Singapore River is the Government Shipping Office. There are two bridges over Singapore River, one, suspension and