Camping and Tramping in Malaya: Fifteen Years' Pioneering in the Native States of the Malay Peninsula

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S. Sonnenschein & Company, lim., 1898 - Federated Malay States - 339 pages

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Page 6 - Thenceforth the island was scarcely inhabited until it was taken possession of by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, by virtue of a treaty with the Johore princes. It was at first subordinate to Bencoolen...
Page 49 - In these parts nature always revenges herself for being interfered with. Fever-laden vapours rise from the land despoiled of its trees, and the soil disturbed by digging emits noxious gases, and these reign paramount until a new growth has taken the place of the one destroyed, or time and exposure have weakened the banefulness of the fumes.
Page 320 - Anyone may hit the ball since the object is to keep the ball in the air as long as possible.
Page 72 - It is a glorious sight to see the whole hillside ablaze, and the fire and sparks leaping up, whilst listening to the roar and crackle of the flames ; and for days afterwards the embers glow and simmer.
Page 226 - Q in a showery spray over their handiwork. On an open spot bullocks may be seen lying with all four legs tied together, for that is the method adopted to keep them quiet whilst they are being shod, as the animal's hoofs would soon wear away, and it would become lame by travelling on the hard roads were it not for the little metal plates that cover each division of its cloven feet.
Page 299 - ... to form a bank, and into this a palisade of split logs was firmly planted, and the tops were strongly bound together, and being constructed of the hardest wood procurable lasted many years, and formed an excellent protection, behind which those inside could shoot at an approaching enemy. The weapons used were old flint muskets and small cannon — made in the last century, and not much larger than an ordinary blunderbuss — also spears and krises.
Page 108 - ... windows, in which case the building would be entirely gutted. On no consideration would those inhabitants who were somewhat more remote from the fire help to extinguish the flames or open their doors, and the only way to gain an entrance was by bursting them in. As an instance of this, I have seen the roof of a shop catch fire from some spark that had...
Page 110 - ... were forced to join one of the societies for self-preservation if they did not already belong to any. In dealing with these societies it has been a difficult task to limit their tendencies for evil and to curb their sphere of action by legislation, and should they be suffered at any time to go unwatched and unchecked, they would speedily again grow powerful and dangerous.
Page 146 - A few wearylooking bullocks lay in the road, and a pony was being led about to get dry in the sun, having been bathed in the Klang river, which at this point is tidal. A small steamer (when not broken down and useless) plied between this village and the port called Klang, some distance further down the river, and up to which place trading steamers from Singapore and Penang were able to come to discharge their cargoes.
Page 117 - Selangor, which had become depopulated during the disturbances, soon attracted Malay emigrants from Sumatra and elsewhere, who, hearing of the establishment of law and order under British officials, came over to settle and make new homes for themselves in the Malay Peninsula, and being more industrious and better cultivators than the previous inhabitants, brought much fresh land under the plough and formed new villages, with the result that now the Malay population of the state is for the most part...

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