The Malays and Javanese chiefly fill the posts of coachmen ; Klings do most of the road-mending, tailoring, and washing, and Chitties the money-lending. It is perhaps only from the natives of India that the Chinese meet with any competition in their commercial pursuits. The Europeans have their bungalows some distance away in the suburbs, many of their gardens being beautifully planted with palms and other tropical plants. The clerks employed in offices club together and live in small communities. The hotels were decidedly uncomfortable, not one of them coming up to those of Java.
Thus it is in Singapore that a number of different types of the human race are collected togetherawith a variety of colour and style of costume which adds life and beauty to the scene, and is at the same time comfortable to the wearers : so different to our colder northern latitudes, where pale thoughtful faces peep out of dark-coloured garments, making our cities appear in perpetual mourning. The struggle for existence being less severe with these children of the sunafood, chiefly rice and fish, being abundant, and fuel only required for cooking-purposesathey have few troubles to worry them ; with a few cents to spare they are happier indeed than any millionaire.
In a thoroughfare that I often passed through some enterprising barber had imported a most magnificent block ; it was, I remember, the waxen bust of a lovely female, withIn a thoroughfare that I often passed through some enterprising barber had imported a most magnificent block ; it was, I remember, the waxen bust of a lovely female, with