Unveiling of Raffles Statue, Singapore.
the principal railway station. Continuing further, we come to Orchard Road Market, which can easily be recognised by the handsome fountain in front of it, and then to Tanglin, the leading residential district. Few of the houses can be seen fro?n the roads, owing to the exuberant vegetation. Most of them are provided with spacious grounds formed into gardens and tennis courts. Keeping to Orchard Road and turning to the left we come to the Barracks, with its golf links and drill grounds. Here the English regiment is stationed. Next to the Barracks are the Botanical Gardens, described elsewhere, and on the left of the Gardens Tyersall, with its ornamental grounds, the Singapore residence of the Sultan of Johore.
Beach Road crosses the canal and runs past Raffles Hotel and right away on past Raffles Reclamation and the Volunteer headquarters and Chinese Volunteer Club (opposite which is a fine Chinese temple) to the busy shops of the Asiatic eastern quarter. Parallel to Beach Road, in which are the brass shops, runs North
Bridge Road. Of the streets between the two the most interesting is Rochore Road, for here are the bird and animal shops. Amongst the birds are innumerable doves in cages, whose value is according to the sound of their coo and according to the number of rings on their legsa 37, 41, 44 and 47 are lucky numbers, and if the rings are raised high the bird is accounted good. Here is a list of birds and beasts you shall see in Rochore Road, if you do not mind smellsa Java sparrows, grey with pink beaks, monkeys, white rabbits, fowls with feathers growing reversed, porcupines, tiger cats, bears, cassowaries, pigeons, purple gallinules, cockatoos, two gibbons, black and silver, sitting folded in each othera s arms, most fascinating of all monkeys, snakes, guinea-pigs, parrots green, parrots red, parrots blue, purple parrots, parakeets, little tiny birds in sapphire blue, old gold and crimson, deer, golden pheasants, hornbills, the slow loris, civet cats, squirrels, all of them shrieking or twittering or cooing and apparently very pleased with themselves in spite of close quarters. Singapore sea front is crescent shape, and the eastern horn ends in a point called Tanjong Rhu, covered with tall casuarina trees. Behind this lies, on a sandy beach, five miles out of Singapore, Tanjong Katong, ' where are seaside hotels. The drive out to this place is pleasant, once the Asiatic town is left behind. The road runs through the characteristic mangrove swamp of the Malay Peninsula and then through coconut groves and rubber estates; The hotels stand on grassy lawns amongst coconut palms, and a stroll along the beach in the direction of Singapore past the disused fort offers a very fine view of the anchorage and town from the east.
There are many picturesque drives either for motors or carriages in Singapore. To the reservoirs at Thompson Road is one. Another is out to the Gap, two hours return by motor, or along Tanjong Katong and the East Coast Road along the sea to Bedoh, returning by the Changi Road. This is a two-hour motor run. The drive to the