National Geographic : 1898 Nov
SUMATRA'S WEST COAST charming account of travel among its miniature bamboo vil lages and paddy fields. Sumatra is compared by the Dutch, although incomparably grander and totally different, to Switzer land. You approach Java with a feeling of how beautiful and lovable everything seems, but as you steam into Emma harbor, on Sumatra's west coast, your mind is overpowered by the sight of the verdure-covered volcanoes and trackless forests stretch ing away into the unknown and undiscovered. ON THE WEST COAST OF SUMATRA - EARLY MORNING The western coast of this wonderful island, famed among the Dutch as Het Boven Land van Sunatra, is as near a tropical Swit zerland (if such an appellation does not convey a confused no tion) as is to be found anywhere on the globe. New Zealand can boast of glaciers of surpassing beauty, justly entitling it to the place it holds as the Switzerland of the southern hemisphere, but I am confident that after the sources of the Amazon have been thrown open to the tourist and Orizaba has been surrounded by winter hotels, the most luxuriant vegetation and most wildly fascinating scenery in the world will be sought for among the chain of volcanoes that forms the backbone of Sumatra.