National Geographic : 1940 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine flat Orient's champion wrestler, Wong Cheong, due in Singapore. Nudist colony can't stand Singa pore's equatorial sun. Seventy men sleep in one small lodging. Postman, his monthly pay $9, fined 72 cents for carrying mail barefooted. Old Chinese woman lives in worn out trolley bus. Band of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders beats "retreat" on cricket field; program includes such drum and bagpipe pieces as "Hieland Laddie," "Young Ronnie," and "The Braes of Auchterarder." Hollywood cables for two young she-elephants, for use in new picture. Small live carp shipped here from China and raised in tanks. Local Japanese beat Singapore Americans at Sunday baseball. American Consul General Patton umpires. Fishing by Ear Photograph by J. faylor Itoberts Scared by the Camera, She Started to Cry But her baby brother, sucking on his rattle, stared back with all the sangfroid of an actor! They live near Singapore's Kim Kiat Temple, and must walk a mile to market. Hotel I slept in a big, towerlike corner room, "Lady h open on three sides with a dozen hinged win- work; so do dows. fluently, 16 Every night the winds blew and rains came. willing to g In the wet gale my mosquito net bellied out pen pals" . like a spinnaker, and small seas swept over my . . . "Want shoes, my trousers, my typewriter, my cheroots. dren going Methodically, when my Canton boy brought "Need cle morning papaya and coffee, he silently mopped . . . "Lady up and hung things out to dry. "No com- "English sol ment," ever, from Chinese servants. American gi Clip a local paper for a few weeks in any 20, indepen( city, picking out only the human-interest items, required." and you soon get a vivid cross section of neigh- "Educate borhood life. These were cut at random, not meet home hand-picked: (Homely h Malay fishing is full of odd tricks. To set one kind of net, an expert dives and listens; he can hear fish, and so tells where to set the net. A skilled listener can even tell what kind of fish he is hearing! Another trick is to swim under water with goggles; a line of such swimmers, dragging a long rope with white rags tied on it to scare the fish, will locate a school and herd it into a wait ing net! Just as our Montana mutton men drive their sheep into a corral. Want ads also reflect the tempo of the town. Baby bug gies, shotguns, saxophones, cameras, motorcars, guitars Singapore buys, sells, and swaps. air-stylist from Bangkok" wants es a Britisher who "speaks Malay years' experience on plantations; o anywhere" . . . "Wanted, girl . . "To rent, a badminton court" ed, Chinese amah for small chil to England." ver private detective immediately" going home wants fur coat" dier, 21, wants to correspond with rl; exchange photos" . . . "Naidu, lent, seeks bride, any caste; loan d Indian gentleman, 40, wants to ly widow; reply with photo." is another meaning here!) . .