supply. The seas abound with fish of great variety and excellent quality, and there is always a plentiful and cheap supply at all stations. Fowls are, however, the chief article of food for Europeans, and large numbers are imported. Natives and Chinese are beginning to pay attention to rearing them ; ducks and geese are also kept. The towns and stations are well supplied with vegetables from the numerous Chinese gardens round about. The following are some of the varieties which grow luxuriantly : Yams of various kinds, sweet potatoes, kladi (a caladium), tomatoes, bringals, radishes, Chinese lettuces, spinach and cabbage, melons, pumpkins, vegetable marrows, chillies, and c. ; good cabbages and potatoes are imported from China and Java.
The climate is considered healthy, the nights being generally cool, rendering a blanket desirable ; the mornings and evenings are delightful, with a land or sea breeze blowing. No expensive or particular outfit is necessary ; white clothes, usually made of drill or duck, are worn all the year round ; these can be made by Chinese tailors in North Borneo much cheaper than in England ; a few light ^ 1 ^
tweed or flannel suits are necessary ; these, 1 j
with a few Indian gauze or fine merino undershirts, a few pairs of canvas or brown leather shoes, a good light waterproof coat, pith helmet and an umbrella will be found sufficient.
Almost every European possesses a pony ; these are brought over from the Sulu Islands, they are good and cheap, the price being from $20 to $60 each. Australian horses are obtainable in Singapore, and a few have been imported. Jin-rikshaws, or chairs on wheels, are the only carriages as yet, but the latter will *
doubtless be introduced as the roads are extended and improved.doubtless be introduced as the roads are extended and improved.