toward the south in the region of the Milky Way. Saw Southern Cross (?) Guess not. In the P.M. we enter the Straits, very picturesque islands richly clad with strange trees on either side. Temperature about 82 to 84, night and day. Sultry with sheet lightning every night. Arrive at Singapore shortly after 6:00 P.M., too late to dock. Lay at anchor until Health Officers arrived this morning. September 21st. At 7:30 went uptown in carriage drawn by very small pony, driven by skinny ugly Malay, intelligent, took me to Ship Agents I wanted to see. After buying ticket for passage to Calcutta on the steamer Lalpoora for 125 silver dollars, I drove to Botanic Gardens. Wonderful vegetation. Wish had time to see more. The strangest tree, most ancient looking, making outline headlike Sequoia, very massive and striking seen near or far is Casuarina Sunmatra Sumatra, truly one of the ancients, with leaves and branchlets like Equisetum. Brownea Arixa, New Granada has charming scarlet cactus-like flowers and glossy compound leaves. The auricarias also make fine
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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