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BY

"RIMBA

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Agent For:-

ports.

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Situated on the Sea Front

Accommodation, Service and Table Excellent.

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MODERATE.
and
breakfast.

Special rate for visitors having bed

Dancing every Saturday Night.

Music every night by

first

class

Orchestra.

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CO.,

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Magazines received regularly.

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Offices.

Artistic

Only Studio under European Management.

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Kuala Lumpur.
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$6 per day.

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PREFACE.
The
visit to

publication of

these reminiscences synciironise with the

Selangor of His Eoyal Highness " The PrInce Of Wales":


writer
feels

The

that
its

no more

stiitable

frontispiece

could

introduce the reader to

pages than the photograph of our future

King.

The idea
suitable

of this publication to

was suggested

to the

author as a
kindly

companion

" Bygone

Perak " which was so


of

received by

many

past

and present residents

Malaya

although
content to

one

feels that the pioneer

days form the most interesting subject of


is

reminiscence, he does not feel up to the task, and


recall only

what

is

within his

memory not

earlier than the nineties,

the period within which the development of Selangor and the allied States began to

make

giant strides

JiiX^Mv
' '

"RIMBA."

Kuala Lompdr,
2eth March, 1922.

/*

H. R. H. The Prince of Wales,

K.G., M.c.

BYGONE SELANGOR.
By
"

Rimba

"

Malay Rulers.
His Highness Sultan Abdul

Samad Son
lie

of

Raja Abdullah,
first real

who

in later years

was made a K. C. M. G., was the was a

ruler

of ihe State after British protection,

fine old of

man and

succeeded his uncle Sultan Muharned, the father


is

Raja Laut who

well
of

known throughout

the Native States. Sultan

Abdul Samad

was

Bugis descent from the Celebes, and was a good old man,

but very conservative and reserved.

He

always resided at Jugra, was very attached to the place


left it,

and seldom

except to come into Kuala


to business.

Resident once or twice and attend


present
at one

Lumpur to see the He was however


making
personal
a

garden
all

party

given

at

the

Residency,
close

himself congenial
friend
of Sir

round.
Smitii

The Sultan

was

dementi

during his twelve years tenure of


of his

office as Higli

Oommissoner, and went out

way

at

all

times

to

show

his appreciation of that high

minded administrator.

Both
the

men
the

understood each other, though from

West and

East,
;

keynote of successful British Colonization was sounded

and in

year 1922 we behold the result by enormous development in


every direction.
close on

the land in

Abdul Samad reigned

for

forty years,

and lived

to

see the federation of Perak, Selangor,

Negri Semhilan and Pahang.


then
the a

He

travelled to
to attend

Kuala Kangsar
the
first

in

1897, though
for

very old

man,
local

great durbar when


of all

first
;

time in

history

the rulers

the four

States met

with their

British Advisers in Council, for their mutual welfare.

At Jugra

the aged Sultan had a unique collection of gold jewellery and other

ornaments, weighing

it is

believed over a quarter of a ton.

When

the subject of curios of Malay craftsmanship caTue up, he WQuId

send for his treasures, explaining their uses and origin.

legend

hangs round Jugra

hill of

Ranee who did her husband


;

to death,

and goes about escorted by a tiger


haunt
this hill.

also
itself

many ghosts
musical
fish

are said to

In the Jugra river

were said to

exist, they
little is

are

known
of them.
is

to

inhabit
is

inland

tropical

waters though

known

There
that
it

also in local river creeks a small

iish

whose peculiarity
;

can spout a column of water two or

three feet high

in this

way

it

catches and feeds on insects found on

low branches

overhanging

the river bank.

The

heir apparent, or
of

Raja Muda, was Raja Suleiman son of Raja Musa, and grandson
Sultan Abdul
solely with the
Sa'niad.

Succession

to

the throne
it,

is is

said to rest

Protectorate

Government, who
the

said almost

invariably obtain

the advice of

higher native chiefs in the

matter,

and study the welfare of the State as a whole.


is

Raja

Suleiman

the present Sultan of Selangor, he does not reside at

Jugra but

at

Klang, where a
recent

fine

palace has been built for

him

in

comparatively

years

out of the State revenue.

What

contrast, picture the two


side, the ancient

palaces ("

Astana") would make


it is

side by

and the modern, but


of the former.

doubtful

if it is

possible

to obtain a

photograph

Sultan Suleiman's

first

yfife

was

prepossessing and hand-

some woman

in

her

day,

but

he

has survived her.

Later he

married into the Perak Royal House for the second time, so that
the best relations exist between the two important States of the
federation.

The Sultan's Private Secretary

for years

has been

Inche Abdul Razak, recently made a Datoh, who for some years
assisted

as Magistrate

at

Klang.

He

is

self-made-man who
is

ingratiated himself into the favor of his

Royal Master, but he

advancing

in

age now.

British Residents.
Mr. Frank A. Swettenham was permanent Adviser to
Sultan
the

from

1882

to

1889

till

be went to Perak in
rare.

the

same
first

capacity.

Administrators of his type are


four

He became
federated

Resident-General when the


initiative,

States

were

on

his

and received a Knight-hood for his great services to the

Empire.

Swettenham

later

became

Governor

of British

Malaya,

thus crowning his fame, and after retirement

produced from his


",

pen the two great volumes known as " British Malaya

which the
visit

London
of

"

Times " considered "


S.

a masterpiece."

During the
this

H. M.

" Malaya "

in
in

1921 (our dreadnought)


the
city of

great

man's statue was erected

Kuala Lumpur amidst

profound respect and admiration.


to be erected

It

is

almost unique for a statue

during a man's

life.

During the great war he did

wonderful work at home as Press Censor, for which he was created


a

Companion
his

of

Honour.

He

has given

us two of his nephews


in

bearing

name, one being the Colonel

the department of
Sir

Public Works, and the other head of the

Opium Monopolies.
played

Prank was
polo,

a very

keen sportsman.

He
is

good cricket and


appeared in the

and a

typical picture of

him

the one that

" Straits Times "

years ago

wearing his famous large cowboy


in shirt, riding

shaped hat with a high crown,


boots, polo stick in hand.

breeches

and top

He

was

n fine

Malay Scholar and gave

us a valuable dictionary
ful

As

an author he wrote several delight-

books connected with Malaya.

W.

E. Maxwell, C. M. G. held the substantive appointment


to 1893,

from 1889
positions in

though he was away

officiating

in

higher

Perak and the Colony.


in

He

was a great administrator


wrote

and a leading authority more than


a

the Malay language, on which he


a dictionary.

grammar and

fair

and

just

man, who Malays


of

was more admired than popular, deeply interested

in the

the country, he was also a keen sportsman and lover of horses.

W. H.
later

Treacher succeeded
Resident-General,

W.

B. Maxwell as Resident and


retiring

became

when he was knighted,

after a

few years.

J. P.

Rodger was the next Resident, acting from 1884


to 1901, he

to

1888 and again from 1896


also his wife

was very popular as were


subscribed

and daughter.

He

was a well to do man,


lavishly.

liberally to everything,

and entertained
tennis
is

He

was an

all

round sportsman

and excelled in

and

billiards.

At

times

he was rather sarcastic, and there

an excellent story (probably

untrue) that went the rounds of him and a young cadet who had
been invited to

dinner for the


liqueurs

first

time

after

arrival

out here.
to the

When

dinner and

were

over

the

men adjourned

billiard and card rooms, Rodger said to the budding empire builder " Do you do you play bridge "7 " No, Sir," was the reply.

play billiards
a rickshaw "?

".'

"No,

Sir,

was again the


" Well,"

reply.

"

Have you got


Eodger
able

" Yes,

Sir ".

" good night ".

could do most things himself, and expected others also to be


to

do

so,

but

he
to

was

really a very

sympathetic

man.

Rodger
to

afterwards

went

Perak and from there was promoted

be

Governor of the Gold Coast, retiring some years back.


Treacher and Rodger have joined the great majority.

Alas both
In
in
is

those
the
still

days

British

Residents
it

were
is

appointed
not

by notification
if

London Gazette, but


continued.

known

the practice

High Commissioners.
Prior
to

federation

in

1895,

and the appointment of


dealt
direct

a
the

Resident-General each

British

Resident

with

Governor at Singapore.
stinies of British

Sir Clementi

Smith presided over the de-

Malaya, during a prolonged tenure of twelve years

of strenuous work;

when the

effects of

our rule were most likely to be

felt in their relative to

the turbulent characters then in the country.


his

Cai't.

H. L. Talbot was

A. D. 0. and Mr. Burra,

Private

Secretary.

The former married


lived
in

a daughter of Sir Clementi


for

Smith

and Mrs. Talbot


her husband

Kuala Lumpur
of

many
Capt.

years,

when
was
a

was Commissioner

Police,

Talbot

previously

Second-in-Command
tliat

of

the

Malay States Guides,


and he

regiment

was disbanded at Aden after the war,

will

be remembered as a keen supporter of the turf, entering one of his


horses,

"Essington" which was always entered as belonging to the " Bridge Kongsee," said to have been comprised of Talbot, Voules

Whitley and another.


Sir

Charles

Mitchell,

who was
on

a naval

man,

succeeded Sir

Clementi Smith and carried

to the

welfare of the country for


:

many

years, eventually dying in

Singapore

much

regretted by all

who had
and

at all

known him.

He

had as A. D. 0. Capt. Herbert

as Private Secretary

Claud Severn.

Sir

William

Maxwell,

who was then Colonial

Secretary,

officiated as

Governor during Clementi Smith's absence on furlough


is

and

his

name

closely linked with the early progress of the native


of the

States.
left

He

was promoted as Governor

Gold

Coast and
friends.

with Lady Maxwell to the great regret of their


left

many

However he has
George,

two sons

in

our

Civil

Service,

one being

the present

Chief Secretary,

and the other Charleton, a


is

Senior District Officer.


the legal firm of

Eric of conrse

the

Senior Partner in

Maxwell and
Sir

Kenion and

retired over ten years

ago.

We

recollect that

William

recruited

Chinese

Mining
his

Coolies for the Goldcoast which were taken over


eldest son.

from here by

Claud Severn was then


Mitchell,

Private

Secretary to
Officer

Sir

Charles

and

after joining

as a Junior

continued

almost

without

interruption

as

Secretary
services

to

succeeding

High Comat

missiiiners.

For

his unique

to Sir

John Anderson,

one time Governor of British Malaya who shortly after became

Permanent Under Secretary


Colonial Secretary,

for

the

Colonies;
to his

he

was

made

Hongkong, probably much


Society
favourite,

own

surprise.

Severn

was always a

good musician and

Amateur Actor.

He

married in recent years.

Before the federation


dealt direct with the

of

the F.

M.

S.

in 1895,
after a

Residents Resident-

High Commissioner; but


in the

General was appointed,

person of

Sir

Frank Swettenham,

they could not address His Excellency direct.

The

title

Resident-General was

for

some mysterious reason


taken in the

altered to that of Chief Secretary, but steps are being

Federal Council to

revert to
is

the

old

designation.

What's

in a

name, but the idea

that the Chief Secretary has less power than

he would have as Resident-General, and the treaty did not contain


a Chief Secretary.

The High Commissioner had


,

a Secretary in Singapore for the


States,

Federated and Unfederated Native


for the

but

the

appointment
is

former

has been

abolished.

No

one in

Malaya

ever

surprised at

official

changes, in procedure and everything


the

else.

The Chief Secretary now addresses


direct on those

High Commissioner
of foolscap

funny
It

little

(and big) bundles

known

as

Minute Papers,
over a
question

is

said that

when

officials

are

rather

fogged

raised

by

the

mercantile,

mining
original

or planting
letter,

communitj

they

acknowledge receipt of the

and

then on their

own

paper write the mystic letters "


in the

K.

I.

V"; which
in

being interpreted by those


in

know

are

said to
it is

mean "Keep
astray, by
letters

View".

How

simple, short and nice, but

rumoured that

this

way not a few important documents sometimes go

being kept indefinitely in view.


for use on

They are very appropriate


but
all

tradesmen's

bills,

attempts

to

discover
is

the
it

originator have failed, though the


resulted from soine

concensus of opinion

that

huge

joke.

Sip

Frank Swettenham

G.C.M.G.,

CH.

CHAPTER

II.

AboriginesOur
aborigines, the

"Sakais'',
of the

were naturally far greatly


districts,

in

evidence in the interior

Ulu

whereas now

a.

days

many Europeans who have been some


the
sakais

years in the native States

have nnt had the opportunity of even seeing one.


'.'sea"

There were also


have almost
of millet on

who

lived

on our

coasts, but they

disappeared.
the
hills after

"Sakais" planted paddy and a kind


felling

and burning virgin


;

forests,

doubtless a very
of

destructive

proceeding

though

the

rubber

planter

today

wastes as

much wood
such as

as the worst of our wild tribes.

They bartered

wild rubber,

"Singgrit", "Susu", Merah", for red cloth,


etc.

beads, tobacco, and

opium
is

"Getah Taban",

gutta percha,

which

is

very valuable,
its

is

used a good deal after preparation for cables owing to


resisting

water
fruit

properties.

These " Sakais "

planted

groves

of

trees in their Jungle clearings,

among which

the "durian" generally


lias

predominated.

Of recent years the

Government
or

reserved
large

these small patches to

them when granting lands

making

areas into forest reserves.

These queer people were to be seen at


reaping of the paddy

their best during the feasts that followed the

harvest.

Then they drank


and on

the liquor they brewed, danced to their

war

cries,

this auspicious occasion

exchanged wives,

if

they

so chose.

At
Queen
attend.

the celebrations in connection with the

diamond

jubilee of

Victoria, a few of

the less timid "Sakais" were induced to


flat

At

the sports a special

race

was entered

solely

for

them

of a couple of

hundred yards, before which they had witnessed


However, before they started and were with
reaching the other end as quickly

many

similar events.

difficulty lined up, the object of

as possible was fully


little

explained to their headmen,


race

who knew

Malay.

But

thft

was the funniest I have ever had the


run,
in

pleasure of witnessing.

They did everything but


though
to

walking,
jungle,

crouching

along

as

avoid

obstacles

the

.(

going zig-zag, leaping, standing and talking,


oat tobacco from their slender loin cloths to

and even taking


chew.
I
recollect
roller,

them
which

as

being

very

afraid
for

of

P.W.D. Steam
first

road

they evidently saw


in

the

time on one of our main

arteries

the interior

but the
as

advent of the motor car has

probably set them thinking,


distant
hills.

they

seem

to

remain

in

their

Mr.

W. W.

Skeat, the District Officer,


else,

knew more

about our aborigines than anyone

audit

is

fortunate

th^

before

he retired at an early age he wrote a


of his books
it

good deal about them. In cue


with

is

believed

he

collaborated

Dr. Annandale,

who

visited these States extensively,

and who was recently Curator,

of the

Calcutta

Museum.

Notable Malays.
Under
this category onr earliest chief

was Tungku Dia Udin,


towards
the
early

who was known


seventies,
this position of

as Viceroy of

Selangor, even

when the British made


he
naturally
for

their appearance as Protectionists.

In

came

into

contact with

the

then

Governors

Malaya

the time

being,

and there

is

no doubt

that he played his cards with great diplomacy.

He

so

completed

ingratiated himself into

the
of

favour

of Sir

Clementi Smith, that


backed

even that administrator

wide experience

Tungku Dia
was not

Udin, when addressing the Secretary of State for the Colonies on


matters vital to the State.
only prepared to
It
is

said that the

Governor

propose this Raja as First Sultan of


it

Perak, he

actually did so, but

was ruled otherwise.


its
first

History has however


Sultan after British
it.

proved that the choice of Perak for

protection was unfortunate to say the least of

It

is

easy to be

wise after

the

event.

But whether Tungku Dia Udin, would


is

have proved faithful to the Raj

merely a matter for conjecture,

but his past actions were against him.

Another
a half Arab,

restless

character was

Syed Mashor

of

Kerling
Raja

who

hailed

from
living

Pontianak.
at

Another was
in

Mahmud who
Penghulu
of

was then

Semenyih
Straits of

exile

from his

native land across the waters of the

Malacca.

He was
in

the

Miikim and

later

got

the

same

position

Kuala Lumpur.

It appears that he

was already in Selangor when

Sultan

Mohamed

reigned, bnt

was banished by him.

Subsequently
for

intercession on his behalf took place and he was

pardoned

his

wrongs, great and small, and allowed to re-settle in the State.

The

appearance of the British here was really due to the intercession of


the Chinese

Mining and Trading

then,

who asked

for

protection

against these two and other Malay Notorieties.

These turbulent characters knowing that they were marked

men by
of

the

British

Authorities fled from Selangor to the State

Perak northwards.
to

However when they were


in

there they had the


;

good fortune

help us

some

local disturbances

a chance of

which they were only, too glad, knowing that they could no longer
carry

on as they had done

in

the past.

For these

services the

Secretary of State for the Colonies sent out four or five presentation

swords

of

honour, which however a wise and far seeing Resident


It

never actually handed over.

would be interesting

to

know what

became of these swords


to the

of

honour as one would be very acceptable

Museum.

It needed a strong

man

to

go against the wishes of the Chief


he did
in

Colonial Authority but the British Resident said that

not

concur with the recommendations of his predecessor


the extent of giving away
character.

oiBce, to

swords

of

honour

to

men

of

doubtful

Haji

Mohamed

Tahir of Klang, better known as the " Dato

''

" Dagang," was a great agriculturist and set a splendid example to


the " raiats," particularly with regard
to
coffee

planting

in

the

kampongs.

Men

of his type are

fast getting
in

scarce in a country,

where only a few would

be

a.

blessing

disguise.

Other well
of Labu),

known names were


Raja Manan
least,

those of Raja

Drahaman (Penghulu
of

of

Sepang, Raja

Mon

Morib,

and

last

bnt

not

Raja Usoff. Raja Laut son


of Sultan

Muhamed, Raja

Bot, and

Tamby
and

Abdullah were always

to the front in matters of State progress

staunch supporters of education.

Raja Laut was a brother

of

was made Raja Mnda, hut died.

Raja Mahmud of Semenyih and He owned the big garden in

10

the Kala Lumpur opposite the new railway yard and below was and European Hospital. He was of a retiring disposition

seldom heard

of,

and quite unlike

his brother in every respect.

The

last

naiped

was trustee of

was a Mohamedan Tamil who in later years a the estates of the well known Dorasamy PiUay,
of Sanitation
;

Member
after

of the

Board

and we have
of

a
that

road

named
Chinese
as
it

him

in the capital.

It is

worthy

note

more often

than not these Malay Chiefs " Towkays " then in the country,
paid

fell in

with the wishes of the

bnt the reason

was good
kind.

them

to

do

so,

and

easily obtain

money and
"

Selangor

unlike
Chiefs,

Perak,

does

not

appear to

have a great array of Native

such as

the "

Orang Besar "

Lapan "
big

(eight big

men)

and the " Orang Besar Anamblas "


they seem more than enough on
all

(sixteen

men),

though

ceremonial occasions.

Prominent
ten years
rose
to

Officials.
a

Douglas Campbell joined the service as


the
position

Surveyor

and

in

of 'Senior District Officer,

Klang

He

married, bnt had the misfortune to lose

his wife,

who was very

popular.

He

acted Eesident of the State,

and about that time


c.m.g..

married the only daughter of

C.

E.

Spooner,

General
to

Manager

of Railways, but

he

died quite recently

when Adviser

the Sultan of Johore, deeply regretted, the old country.


Service,

and

his

widow returned
in the

to

His brother

J.

A. G. Campbell was

Civil

and was

also District Officer of

Klang, but died out

here

from pneumonia.

A. T. D. Berrington was Chief Magistrate, and


Perak
in in the

later

went

to

same

capacity, retiring about

1900 and

settling

down
''

Tasmania.

He

was a very good

billiard player

and went " West

but

many

years ago.

He

was a Deputy Lieutenant for

his country,

and married one

of the

Miss Rathborne's, noted for

their beauty.

R. G. Watson (Watty) took over


the
of
life of

this appointment,
football,

and was

the Club,

playing cricket
with

and
his

and the soul


skits.

amateur theatricals, excelling


as

comic local

He

retired

Resident

of

Perak owing

to the age limit,


ill

and
;

to the

great regret of his

many

friends was very

when he

left

a doctor

11

and a nurse had

to

accompany him home, and he

is

said

to

have

been staying at Bexhill-on-Sea, which so

many

old residents of the

F.M.S. seem

to have chosen for their haven of rest at home.


in

G. C. Bellamy was a District Officer when he retired

1895,

owing

to a railway accident at

on the line near Klang, when he underis

went an operation

home; but

drawing

his small pension today.

John Russell was Superintendent ment and


a
fine

of the in

Printing Establish-

specimen
all

of

man

physique and character.

His sons we believe are

out here, except George

Deary who

took up work at home after

being Manager of

the Federated

Engineering Co.,

in

Kuala

Lumpur.

They have avoided the

Government
part of the
J,

Service, but

hold excellent positions outside in this

world, one

being head of the well


;

known
is

firm

of

A. Russell

& Co., which he founded


several
dialects

and
of

it is

he that

the Chinese

Scholar,

speaking

that

difficult

language.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell and family came out here and the younger
boys went to school at the Victoria Institution
education
at

but finished their


record indeed.

home, and

theirs

is

very fine

P. C. Russell has just passed

away

after an operation,

when recuper-

ating in Australia leavirlga widow and a host of real friends behind.

Mrs. John Russell died


accident,
J.

in

Singapore as the result of a carriage


by
all.

deeply

regretted

R. 0.

Aldworth was an Assistant District

Officer,

and

was as keen on horses as when he


as Resident of the

retired about a year or

two ago

Negri Sembilan.

He

was

for

sometime Under

the Customs as Secretary to Government, and had been head of was an Aldworth Mrs. Labour. well as the Department of always accomplished woman and an artist of no mean merit, she in the pictures the all almost and shows, local exhibited at our from her brush. guide to the F. M. S. by P. W. Harrison are

an Aldworth did a great deal in recent years to resusitate ponies good or had 2 3 interest in the game of polo, and always
in

his

stables.

With

the

advent of the Motor Car polo has


as the

become an expensive pastime,


shafts
if

ponies cannot he put into

they have any

spirit at all in

them.

12

)
III.

CHAPTER

Prominent People.
H. Conway
later

Belfield

was Commissioner

acted as

Resident and in

Lands and Mines, 1918 was knighted and made


of retired.

Governor

of British

East Africa, but has since


of

He

was

made Permanent Resident


trator,

Perak and was a very able adminiswell.

having officiated as Resident-General as


is

He

hailed

from Devon, where


that
if

a J.

P.,

was a very keen angler, and said

the upper reaches of the Perak River were in


a

England they

would be worth

fine yearly

income from fishing rights alone,


will

L. P. Ebdeu came here in 1886, but


able officer on Lind matters.

be remembered as a very
close of

Towards the
E.
;

1893 he married
and she

Miss Niven,

sister

to

Mrs.

W.

Birch,

in Taiping,

proved a great social favourite


thing.

being well to the fore in everyfor all

Ebden was Senior Magistrate

the States,

except

Pahaiig, and was subsequently Legal Adviser for about three years.

He

was later made a Judicial Commissioner and

finally retired as a

Puisne Judge of the Colony,

He

was

of a retiring disposition

and

was not partial to the usual round of


bridge parties and
the rest, but his

social

functions, dinner and

wife entertained largely.

He

was

an

authority on

land matters, and

enlivened the

Supreme

Court with his dry humour.


J.

Welford was Chief Surveyor and when he was away


Stafford acted for him,
his brother L.

G. M.
licensed

U. Stafford was
of Surveys,

Surveyor, and

is

now Superintendent
retired
in

Perak.

H. G. B. Vane, who
P.

1915

as

Treasurer for the

M.

S.,

was known

to his in

many

friends as " Woolly".

He

was a
as

good tennis player and

recent years

did

yeoman

service

Hony. Secretary

of the

Lake Club.
died at

He
home

went to Perak after the


shortly after, but after a

Federation and Mrs.

Vane

good many years he married again.


to

Welman

then was Secretaiy only a


;

Government but kept very poor

health, he retired after

few years and was succeeded by Gerald

Brown from Ceylon


many.

whose

many

sterling qualities endeared

him

to

13

F.

E.

Lawder was

District

Officer

of

Kajang but had

continued in bad health and went on pension in 1895.

He

was

thorough English squire, fond of agriculture and farming, particularly cattle breeding
;

and

his wife

was
a

also

much

liked.

J.

H. M. Robson who
in
tlie

is

now
Civil

Member
and

of

the Federal
will

Council was

regular

Service

be
;

best

remembered

as Collector of

Land Revenue, Kuala Lumpur

and

compiler of the laws of the State fjoni 1877 to 1895.


in of

He
liis

resigned

1896, and at the end of the same year started which


he was

tlie

" Malay Mail",


Assistant

Managing Editor, and had

as

L. A. Coutier Biggs the present Secretary of the


pality,

Penang MuniciRobson held the

and a son

of the late Colonial Chaplain.


of

late

Towkay Loke Yew's Power

Attorney for many years.

Gossip says that this gentleman makes more short trips home and

back than anyone

else.

Recently he was married in the Federal


first

Capital to the widow of the late Capt. Syers,


Police, F.

Commissioner

of

M.

S.

and they are both out here

just now.

An

ardent

motorist, he is said to have


in

owned over twenty

cars during his sojurn

the far east.

Charleton Maxwell was Private Secretary to his father, the

Acting Governor, before becoming

a.

Junior Officer.

During the
from

Pabang disturbances he sent many hundreds

of transport coolies

Kuala Kubu for the punitive operations. He War from here and holds the Queen's Medal and
a great authority

went to the Boer


five clasps.

He

is

on matters piscatorial,

is

an

exceptionally
District

able

and outspoken

officer,

and

is

at the

moment
is

Officer of

Klang
wasted

but the concensus of opinion

that his talents are being

in

mere charge

of a district.

He would make

an admirable

Resident for any of the four States.

Oswald F. Stonor, our present Resident, was an Assistant


District
Officer,

his

brother was a proprietory Planter, and both

were well known

in the

Kuala JiUmpur

District.

There

is,

I think, no

name

so intimately connected with early

Selangor (bar one or

two) than that of A. R. Venning who

was

14

Treasurer for years

and who was

practically on

every

Committee
and a
fine

formed

in

those

days.

He
his

was a grand old man

exponent of

billiards,

and

name

will be

referred to
in

more than
as

once later on
Secretary and

in these
left

columns.

He

retired

1907

Federal
of
all

for the old country to the general regret

who had ever met him.


Lieutenant
in

The

loss of

his

eldest
killed

son,
in the

who was

the

Artillery
life.

and

was

Boer War,

greatly saddened his

He

practically

made

the

Kuala Lumpur
after

gardens and
Swettenliam.
Sir
lake,

the

Sydney

Lake which

was named

Lady

William Maxwell planted a

tree

on

the

banks of
"

this

and the other day Monsieur Clemenceau,

The Tiger

of

France," planted by proxy another tree in the


the junction
of

Federal

Capital at
It
is

Venning Eoad with


will be

Daraansara

Road.

hoped that suitable tablets

put up alongside these

trees to

enable the public to remember them.

Notable Chinese.
Tiie first

Capitan

China was Yap

Ah

Loi appointed by the


leading

Sultan with the advice of the Resident and consent of the

Chinese " Towkays," amidst great


sions bearing presents.

rejoicings

and Chinese proces-

This " Capitan " had two sons who are well
still

known and
" Bachee,"

are

among us-Yap Hon Chin,


a
this event a

better

known

as

and

Yap Loong Hin who married


For
Community,
at

daughter of Chew

Ah

Yeok-

sumptuous dinner
which
;

was given

to

the

European

all

the

leading lights were present at the

famous gai'den house


first

when Justice Lawrence Jackson q.c, our


presided.

Judicial

Commissioner,

" Bachee "


hill

for

years

lived in

the famous house on the solitary

near

the
lot

Petaling
of

Golf links and entertained lavishly, but he


luck though he was said to be extravagant.

suffered a

bad

The next " Capitan China " was Yap Sheak, the

father of
is

Yap Loong

Hin,

j.p.

who

is

happily
the

still

with us and

much
when

respected by everyone.

We

recollect

unique occasion

15
P.

the British Resident, Mr. J.

Kodger, c.m.g.,

gave a dinner

at

the

Residency in

honour of

this "

Towkay

" for his great help to

the Government,

when
i>f

all

the heads of departments


It
is

were

present

with the

lenders

all

Communities.
shortly
of

ruuioured that one of


in

the biggest civil cases

may

come befoi the law conrts


Capitau

connection

with

tiie

wealth

Yap

Sheak, should

setlh-nient not be arrived at by the relatives concerned.

His other two sons are Yap Chin Fook and Yap Fatt

Yaw

and he
Chong.

left

also

a daughter,

now

the

widow

of

Towkay Slew

The next Capitan China was Yap Kwan

Seng, who

had his

own constabulary
at stake.

to maintain law

and order since he had so much


is

His son
of

Yap

Tai

Chee

in

Kuala Lumpur and


but he has
left

Member

the

Chinese

Advisory

Board,

many
sons

other sons.

Wee Hap Lung


is still

was
age

Secretary
very well.

to the late

Capitan
his

China and

keeping

liis

One

of

(Wee Koh Chee) was


while the other
is

educated at the Redruth School of Mines,


in

studying the same profession


for the

America,

and
is

went

to

France and fought

Stars and Stripes, which

quite unique.

The head
a

of the

Hokkien Clan was


recently
started

Khu Mah

Lok, who

was

Trustee of

the
first

Victoria

Institution,
of

and

President of the
clan

Chinese Club.

Another leader
of

the

same

was

Low Boon Kim,


Road near

the father

Low Leong Huat and


the

Low Leong Gan,


Brickfields

m.c, and he owned a deal of property on


the Chinese

Roman

Catholic Church.

H. C. Ridges was Protector


retired
after

of

Chinese
work.

till

1911

when he
first

great deal of good

It

was he that
the

unearthed

the

Gi

Hin

Secret

Society,
of the

among

pepper and

gambler plantations on the borders

Negri Sembilan State.

Towkay Loke Yew was then coming fast public eye, and was more than once lessee
gambling,

to

the front in

the

of the

opium,

spirit,

and pawn broking farms,

from which he and

the

16

Government both derived enormous revenue.


stopped about
ten or

Gambling was only


but
it

twelve years ago publicly,


privately,

has by no

means been stopped

and there are many opinions on

both sides of the question.


it

Sir

Frank Swettenham once

said

that

was a question of our morals and other peoples money.

Loke Yew was


years

the owner of

numerous

tin mines,

and
the

in later

rubber estates,
;

notably

Hawthornden

near

Federal
in

Capital

and owned an enormous amount

of landed property

almost every part of Malaya.

He

had visited Europe himself and


apparently appreciatidg the

had

his children educated in Scotland,

many

sterling qualities of local residents

from North

of the

Tweed.

The " Towkay " was

a great public benefactor even

then,

and

in
in

recent years amassed a very large fortune the correct sense of the

and was a millionaire

word.

He

had

European

as

well

as

Chinese Advisers and for his munificence to

Hongkong

University

was created an L. L. D.

Sir Charles Elliott, the then Chancellor

of the University specially

journeying here to confer the honour,


a,

Towkay Loke Yew

died but

few years ago at a good old


all

age

greatly respected and

mourned by
not

classes of peoples,

and there

were but few who did

know

the

great

Towkay Loke Yew by

name even
The
first

if

they had not seen him.

Straits

born
;

Chinese,

known

as

" Babas,"
presided,

held their

dinner in

1894

when Ong Chee Siew

and Low
"We

Cheng Koon (Manager Chow Kit

&

Co.)

was

Secretary,

know how
selves,

patriotic

the Straits born Chinese have proved them-

particularly
of

during the great war, and to-day they have


in

companies

Volunteers drilling
-was

every part of Malaya.

Loke Chow Kit


retail firm,
office in

head of the well known wholesale and


Singapore and the head

with branches in Penang and

Kuala Lumpur.

He

started as a Clerk in the railway but

resigned,

worked for Towkay


;

Loke Yew and

lived

mostly

at

Serendah

but in later years went on his

own account and was

lessee of the general farm for about 2 years or so. son and daughter of his were educated in Scotland, and we remember Chow

Kit going to a fancy dress

ball dressed (or

undressed) as a Chetty,

(
in which

17
priceless,

costume he looked
his

meagre as

it is

and he had

even

One Chow Kit & Co, was (and still is) Toh Seow Teng, who is still among ns and much liked and they induced Khno Keng Hooi to
head
for

shaved

the occasion.

of his partners in

resign the

Government and manage

their firm,

of wliich he

is

also

a partner to-day
of the Sanitary

and besides a useful public man, being a member

Board.

Chow Kit
character.

died only a few years ago and

was a

man
is

of sterling
of

His brother Chow Thye


but
full

is still

mining,

retiring

disposition
as "

of quiet

humour.
of the in his

Chew Boon Hean


mines belonging

better

known

Abbu," managed some

to the

two brothers, was quite a character

own way, and

is still

hale and hearty.

We

all

remember Tan

Kim Bee who

was mining

at

Kanching
dispensed

and Kiiala
hospitality
of

Kubu and lavishly. He


is

was a generous

man who

passed away but a few years ago.

One

his

sons

Tang Seng Kim.


of

Both Oug Chi Lin and Lim


Europeans, a daughter
the Federal
of

Teow Chong were fond


the latter married

entertaining
of

Foo
who

Wha Cheng
is

Rubber Stamp
and did
the Fuel

Company
Board
in

of Ipoh,

coming man

of advanced views,

a great deal for the

Chinese Mutual Provident

Fund and

Perak

18

CHAPTER

IV.

Well known Residents.


Dr.
District

E. A. 0. Travels after a few

months among us

as

Surgeon became the


every

life

and soul

of

Kuala Lumpur.
1894,
in

He
when
and

was on

Committee,

and was married in

Mrs. Travers came out here.

The

Doctor

retired

1909

went

in for private practice,

when he attended the

rich

and poor
all.

with equal attention, and very often did not charge the poor at

After retirement he was one

of the

trusted advisers

of the

late

Towkay Loks Yew, but

retired to the old country before

the great

war, from where he joined up in spite of his age.

He
still

has always been a very strong supporter


fine

of the turf
is

club

owning many

horses.

He came

out again and


his

happily

among

us helping the Government in

profession,

and

it

speaks volumes for his ability and popularity


elected

when

he

has

been
the

President

of

the

huge

Committees appointed for


in

reception of the Prince of

Wales

March
fever,

1922.

Mrs.

Travers
her

has gone

home owing
not

to

continued
her

but we hope
acting

to see

again and have

forgotten

fine

and singing not

many
as

years ago in " Carrotina".

We
was

also
'

remember Dr. Travers

an

amateur actor

when

he

General

Bombast " and

"

Watty " was

" Fusbos ",

and Mrs. Travers and Mrs. Willes

Douglas

also acted.

Miss. Travers was also out here and was one

of the tallest

and
the

nicest
street

young
in

ladies

we have

seen.

John Klyne,

after

whom

Kuala Lumpur has been named, was

Superintendent of Public Works, retired and took to contracting in

1897.
later

He
owner

went on pension owing to a carriage accident and was


of

almost

all

the land between

Yap Kwan

Seng,

Ampang

and Circular roads.


offices in

Almost

all

our legal fraternity now

have their

Klyne
well

Street.

H. A. Koek, the
adviser to
ago.

many

well-to-do Chinese,

known Appraiser and Conveyancer, and came here about thirty years

He

keeps his age very well indeed, though his holidays have

been brief and few and far belweeii,

He owns

two

fine

bungalows

19

on the

Ampang Eoad
in

where he has lived for years and


Street.

his office

has always been

Klyne

His wife and children have

spent a good deal of their

time

in

England but have

returned.

His only son

is

in

Java going through an engineering

training.

Captain F.

W.

Lyons was Chief Police

Officer, after

Captain

Syers, but left us to go to

Hongkong,

retiring

in

1912.

He

was
seen

the father of volunteering and the beginning


in

then

made was

the Malay States Volunteer Rifles, who did yeoman

service out
in

here, especially during the

war and more so during the troubles


there

Singapore; when the Native Regiment

mutinied

owing

to

German gold

given

by the interned prisoners. R. C.


in

Edmonds
to
his

joined as a Junior
legal talents

Officer

1894,
a

rose

quickly

owing

and was made


a

Judicial

Commissioner;
holding the

but died
at

suddenly

only

few

years ago, after


life.

assizes

Malacca, in the prime of

A.

K.E, Hampshire came

out and

joined

H.

Huttenbach
business

originally as an Assistant, but after

some years started

on his own account when


him.

his brother

Dugan came
had
their

out

and joined
just

A. K. E. Hampshire

&

Co.,
in

premises

over

the big

Market Street Bridge

the

small shop

houses that then

belonged to L. R. Yzelman, and carried on business as merchants.

They had

a,

branch

at

Port Swettenham for shipping and did a

large import and export trade.

About 1910

this firm

amalgamated

with Boustead

&

Co.,

of

Singapore,

and was then known as

Boustead Hampshire
estates

&

Co.

They

are

Agents
to

for

many

rubber
fine

and moved about 10 years ago


the

their

present

premises on

embankment.
of

A. K. E. Hampshire married a

daughter

of

Major Tranohell

Perak, and was made a

member
see

of

the Federal Council but has

retired

though we hope to
also

him

on periodical

visits.

Dugan

Hampshire was

appointed a

Member
much

of the

Federal Council recently and both brothers are


all

respected by

Communities.

The

latter is still a bachelor.

M. H. Whitley

also joined as a Junior Officer

and like Edmonds

was Deputy Public Prosecutor


Vbules he was owner
riacer

for

some

years.

With Talbot and


well

of

the

" Bridge Kongsees "


all

known
but

" Essington " that carried

before

him

in Malaya,'

20

)
lodia.

proved out of class with the best horses in

Whitley

is

Supreme Court Judge now,

is

very popular and has yet five years to

go before the retiring age of

fifty-five.

He was

good cricketer

and

fine bowler,

and was

for

sometime a Judge

in Johore.

Laurie Yzelraan was then working for

Tambusamy
was

Pillay

and obtained from him the sub-lease of a mine at Rawang, which


gave him excellent results
;

and

his brother Bertie

in the Public

Works Department and married Miss Grenier and


on
pension last year.

only retired

Laurie Yzelman

died

in

England from
buried at
of

pneumonia,

but his

body was brought out here and

Venning Boad cemetery.

His widow, who was the daughter

John O'Hara, afterwards married Cowley Brown, M.B.E.


Singapore Secretariat. Laurie Yzelman gave
racing and
a great

of the

impetus to
grifiin that

was owner of the famous " Lady Joe," a

stood almost in a class by herself.

W.
of

Willes

Douglas,

the

son
to

of

Capt.

Douglas,

British

Eesidentot Selangor, from 1875

1882, was then District OflScer


of

Klang, but

in

1897 became Deputy Commissioner

Police and

rose to be Commissioner, retiring in 1916.


racing,

He
of

was very keen on


horses but she did

and Mrs. Douglas often drove a pair

not enjoy very good health out here.

He

kept a pack of thorough

bred hcunds which he hunted

till

the day he retired.

E. A, Dickson, son of the late Sir Fredrick Dickson, (one of

our Governors,) joined the service as a junior officer and


District Officer of the first class.

is

now

His mother Lady Dickson has

been spending a good deal of her time out here, where she is liked immensely, and does not mind the climate in spite of her years.

Young Lott was a Settlement Officer who left the service about 1913, and was a useful musician, accompanying at concerts and playing the organ in the Churches. He died out here a while
back.

From Malacca there was a steady flow of the descendants of Portuguese who came along for clerkships in the Government
Service and outside.

The pioneers among

these settlers

in

the

21

State were

G. A. Sta. Maria, F. L. Kozario and R. Goonting who


Clerks in the service.

rose to be Special Class

The two former


and

have retired and are the proud possessors have grand children
it is

of large families

believed.

Prominent Chinese.
The
in

richest Straits-born Chinese in the


is

F.M.S. and possibly


Chinese
here he

Malaya,

TowKay Eu Tong Sen,


father's

o.b.e., for nine years


in

Member
which

of the Federal Council.


his

Educated
fortune

China and

has converted
is

small
while

into

a very large one

rapidly increasing

he

is still in

the prime of
in

life.

He

visited

Europe

in

1911, his eldest son has been


is

England

for

ten years and graduated at Cambridge, but

now
five

qualifying as a

Chartered
daughters,

A.ccountant.

Eu Tong
'

Sen has

sons and five

he gave

tank and an aeroplane for the great war,


relief

together with other munificent donations to

and other funds.


University

He

subscribed very handsomely to the

Hongkong

and

has been even

more generous with


is

Raffles

College,

Singapore.

This Chinese gentleman


all

the possessor of beautiful


of

mansions in
Singapore
is

the

important

towns

Malaya (the one

in

superb), besides in

Hongkong and Canton.


good
deal, while life size

These

palaces so to

speak are sumptuously furnished, Messrs


Mall, supplying
a

Hampton and
His

Sons, Pall

marble statues have


Private Secretary,

been obtained from Bigazzi of Florence.

Leung Kwong Hin, married

his only sister in

1902.

He

has an

intimate knowledge of the country and has proved himself almost


indispensable to his brother-in-law.

Towkay San Ah Wing came


kong
San
as early as

to

Kuala Lumpur from Hongis

1882 as a boy.
of

He
had

the son of the late

Towkay

Ah

Peng, a native

China who was the leading building


and
is

contractor
buildings.

up

to

1898,

put

up many Government
Schools,

San
of

Ah Wing

President of the Confusian

Member

the

Chinese Advisory

Board,

and

is

Managing
;

Director of the

Kwong Yik He
visited

(Selangor)

Banking Corporation

which takes up most of his time. Peace recently.

He
in

was made a Justice

of the

England

1902

for

the

coronation

(
of the late

22
is

King Edward
manner and
His son

the VII,
in

possessed of
has
is

a jileasing

and
all

coiiiteous

consequence

friends

among
educated

nationalities.

San

Kwok Sang

being

in

England

for a

commeicial career.
here from China in 1895 and

Towkay Lee Kong Lam came


was
for

many

years attorney to the millionaire


hiciiUive posilion

Towkay Loke Yew,


his

but gave

up the

and went into business on


in

own account.
first

He

was the proud possessor

1899

of about the

small motor car

a de

Dion

that came

out to Malaya.

He

relates

how he purchased
run out time

half

a dozen big bottles of petroleum for


to obtain
little

this car

from Singapore, but was unable


in

any more as the

supply had

consequence the

car

had

to

be laid

up

for a long

till

supplies arrived from Europe.

Kong Lam
subjects he

has been the trusted friend of the present


State,

Sultan Suleiman of the

and

for his

unique services to the ruler and his


of the
tin

was created a Datoh and raada a Justice

Peace.

He

is

Member

of

the

State Council,

the

owner of

mines and large


residence on

rubber and coconut estates, and lives in his

p.ilatial

Bukit Nanas where he has a


extiemely hospitable and aSable.

fine

collection

of

plants.

He

is

Towkay Cheong Yok Choy


Chinese Resident of the

is

said to be the present wealthiest


is"

Federal Capital,

Director of

the

Kwong Yik Bank


late
tin

of

Selangor, and trustee of the estate of the

Towkay Loke Yew.


mines and
is

He

is

the owner of

many town
and he

properties

estates, but is of a very

retiring disposition.
is

His
today

piirsp

always open to philanthropic works,

supporting the " Pak Peng " Boys School entirely also the Girls

School at

Pudu

in conjunction

with

Towkay Liew Weng Chee.


for

Cheong Yok Choy always comes forward


is

any good cbuse, and

indispensable to several Committees and Boards for the public

benefit,

though he always hides

his light

under a bushel.
born
in

Towkay
his

Choo

Kia

Peng
from

was
China.
his

Perak
to

where

father
learn

had
the

settled

He went
was
in

China
in
left

to

language and on

return

educated

English at the Christian Brothers School

Penang, which he

23

as the senior boy of

his

year.

Shortly
for

after

he came here he
in

worked
mining
with'

for

Towkay Loke Yew and was


district of

sometime

charge of

liis

interests in the

UIu Selangor.

After

parting

Loke

Yew

he started mining and planting for himself, has

prospered and owns a Tery fine house with spacious well laid out

grounds

in

Ampang

Koad.

He

is

very keen on

gardening as a

hobby, and exhibited largely


several
shot,
prizes.

at our agricultural shows,


is

winning
rifle

Choo Kia Peng


of

sportsman, a good

and a regular member

the

Selangor Club.

He

has a

large family and has only been married once,

hardly the rule with

most well

to

do Chinese gentlemen.
the

He

has been an enthusiastic

member
marked

of

Sanitary

Board

for

years

and always

evinces

interest in all
of the

public

matters.

Recently he was made a

Member

Federal Council in place of Towkay


is

Eu Tong

Sen,

and has already proved his usefulness, though he


advanced
in years.

by no means
State_

He
is

is

a Justice of

the

Peace for the

Towkay Chan Sow Lin


generally

one of our oldest residents and


rendered
the

it is

not

known

that

he

Government
severely

assistance

against the Malays in the

Perak war and was


has

wounded.
State
to

He

is

Justice of the Peace,


for

been a

member

of the

Council

many

years

and

retired

only last year owing

advancing

age.

He
and

founded

the

Engineering
its

and Foundry
for

Coy. known by his name, which had


in

workshops
to

some years
near the

Rodger
of

Street,

latterly

moved
For

Ampang Boad

junction

Campbell Road.

his long

services to the State

Council

it is

considered that he should be

granted a suitable

piece as

of land to retire on within a reasonable

distance of the capital,

he

is

not reputed to be a rich man.

Towkay Tong Takin, who


into the public eye

is

among

us to-day,

first

came

when he was
scholar,

confidential clerk

and interpreter
first

to that great chinese

Mr. G. T. Hare, our

Secretary
is

for Chinese Affairs after the federation.

Tong Takin

well-to-

do

and has many

interests

in the State, but is a careful

man

of

retiring disposition

who

has a large family.

24

CHAPTER

V.

Local Notabilities.
The Harper Brothers were always
popular.
to the

front and

were very

Archie founded the present well known firm of A. C.

Harper
home.

&

Co., retired about 1905,

and

is still

hale

and hearty

at

Steve,
a

who died
"

at

home

as early

as

1896,

was Chief
as the

Inspector,

general favourite
at

and we

remember him
the Selangor
as

"

New Woman

a fancy dress dance in

Club,

which has always

been

popularly

known

" The Dog.''

A
to

Memorial Scholarship was founded


the the

at the Victoria

Institution for

poorer boys to
natives as

perpetuate his memory, and he was

known

"

Tuan Steeb."

Alfred the other brother, was

Clerk of Courts and died about the same time as Steve.

The

rules

for Colonial

Cadetships appeared

in the

Govern-

ment Gazette about this time, when the

junior officer system by

patronage, and without any competitive examination, ceased.

The

commencing
passing in

salary

was $125, and another $25 was added after


about two years.
it
is

language and law in

The budding

Civil Servant did not start rich

and

only in recent years that

the salaries have been revised and considerably improved.

One
H.

first

batch

of

Civil

Servants
all

were A.
still

M. Pountney,
and
at

W, Thomson,

and R. D. Acton,

in the service

the top of the official ladder.

Pountney was recently created a


for

Companion
the Colony

of the British

Empire and made Financial Adviser


S.

and the F. M.

from

Treasurer,

Straits Settlements

He
is

is

said to be a

Wrangler and a Mathematician.


Acton

Thompson
is

British Adviser to the State of Kelantan, and

Solicitor-

General,

Penang, a position that

is

being abolished when he will

probably

go

to the

bench.

The

old system

produced some good


is fairest

men and we have


all,

a tew

left yet,

but the present system


in India.

to

and has proved conspicuously successful


E. B. Stokoe joined the Public

Works Department

as

young man and he used


in

to sing at our concerts.

He

only retired

1920

as State

Engineer of Selangor and possessed an agreeable

( personality and

25

was a strong supporter


pipes etc. aud

of

" the

Dog."

He
hand-

invented Stokoeite drain

must have

received

some

royalties therefrom.

A.

8. Baxendale was Superintendent Posts and Telegraphs, one

of nature's gentlemen, but retired in

1896 owing

to continued

bad
of

health,

few years later he

returned

and formed the firm

Baxendale and Dewitt, which subsequently was absorbed by the


Planters' Stores
circles in

and Agency Oo, so well known

in

planting

Northern India, particularly Assam.


at

He

did not stay


later

long but joined one of the cable companies

home and

the

Marconi Company

in a high position. of the well

Danstan A. Aeria,
the railway as an

known Penang

family,

joined

Assistant Engineer after obtaining an English

diploma, but he did not stay very long and went in for the more
lucrative business of contracting.
in

He

built the fine survey

offices

Kuala Lumpur, but


in

of

recent years has emigrated to pastures


is

new

Muar, a State that


will

advancing unnoticed

in the

South.

Everyone
Secretariat,

remember- C. H. C. Buchanan of the Selangor


the service in

who

left

1913 and took

to rubber

plant-

ing

in

Perak.

He

married

Miss Blackett a Governess


out,

that

Mrs. Harry Talbot

brought

and they have

finally

settled

down

in Spain.

John O'Hara was Inspector


service in this connection

of

Waterworks and did splendid


His daughters were
in

from the beginning.

Mrs.

Hay

and Mrs. Yzelinan, and he has two sons

the forest'

service of the P.

but was a very

M. S. He died in big made man full

1913,
of fun

just over the

age of 50

and good humour and

had a large

circle of friends.

William
profession

Hay came
Surveyor.

here from Ceylon

in

1892 and was by


Department
as

He

joined the

Mines

Inspector and was stationed at Kajang and elsewhere, but resigned

and became a miner himself and did


working land that proved patchy.
well

well, but lost a lot of

money on
hunter, so

He

is

the big

game

known

to the elephants

and

tigers of this Peninsula.

( Christian

26

Wagner came horn Perak


began
son
to

shortly after the federation


in

as Deputy Commissioner a

of Police but retired

1904, and being


he
is

Barrister-at-Law

practice

here,

where

at

the

present time

with his

Stockwell in
is

the firm.

He

lost

one

son in the war and the other

looking after their

rubber estate at

Kepong.

Bench and Bar.


On
the representations of the Planting

Community, who were

anxious to have their rights guarded, as a good deal of capital from

Home
first

was at stake, lawyers were admitted for the


be

first

time.

The

to

enrolled was Mr. P. J.

Joaquim

(the father of one of

the partners in Pooley

&

Co.,)

who was

also authorised as

land^
is

broker for the State

but why this needed specific authority


are not

not
of

known.
the

Up

till

now lawyers

admitted

to

the

Court

Warden

of

Mines, but

it is

believed the restriction


of

may

shortly

be removed.
decisions
fraternity

Judging by the number


are

Magistrates

and Judges

that

upset

these days,

it is

supposed that the legal

were required in the country.


the

Mr. T. H. T. Kogers.
bar,

wlio

is

now

doyen of the

Selangor

arrived

close

on

Mr. Joaqnim's
Commissioner

heels

from Perak.

In those days our

first Judicial.

for the

whole of the F.M.S. was

Justice

Lawrence

Jackson, q.c, who did not stay very long out here.

Mr. C.
after,

W,

Hewgill opened an

office in

Kuala Lumpur soon


During the war Day
Hospital in

and

in later years the firm


it

was known as Hewgill and Day.


he retired. F.

the latter conducting

alone
of

till

was

Hony.

Secretary

the

M.

S.

Auxiliary

Hertfordshire, upkept from local funds, and for which Sir William

Taylor, retired Resident General

of the
service.

F.M.S. and the London

Government Agent, did yeoman

The jury system, which was inaugurated on


first

the advent of the


to

Judicial
case,

Commissioner, was abolished

owing
three

Perak

murder

proving unsuitable where two

or

nationalities

were empanelled.

A ssessors

then were appointed and have proved

generally satisfactory, as
trial

when they disagree with the Judge a new mnst take place before a fresh Judge and Assessors.

27

Hostels.
Rest Houses already existed
in each of the districts

and were

very clean and comfortable generally, some of the caretakers having

been there
still

for

years.

The
was

old

rest

house
also
first

at

Kuala Lumpur
a
hair

exists

and Monsieur Sabatier, who


about
it

had

dressing

saloon for both sexes,

the

lessee.
it

Mr,

G.

A.

Ketschker subsequently took


with conspicuous success,
till

over and ran

for a

good while

he opened the F. M.S. Hotel hard by.

After him
he also ran

Newmnn,
it

the retired Station Master, was the lessee and


till

for

some years

he got

too

old

to

carry

it

on.

In recent years Mrs. Schmidt, was killed


in a

later
in

Mrs.

Stapp,

whose
a

husband
year

motor accident

Singapore

about

ago

managed

it

with her daughter,.


Finally "

British East Africa.

Mother and daughter are now in Daddy " Sarre, well known in tlie
shortly after the

Colony, made a good thing out of the resthonse


big rubber boom,
tor

This old resthouse


the Selangor Club.

is

now

part of

the

Scheme

Chambers

to

The Victoria Hotel was

opened
parties,

fairly early

and was the scene

of

many luncheon and dinner


did not last very long as

and

it

was here

that meetings of the Planters Association


to be
held, but
it

and other bodies used

the proprietor lost money, probably on the accomodating chit system.

In those days only strangers stayed at these hostel other


staying
travelled

visitors

with

their
it

friends.

Among Government

Servants

who

on duty

was an acknowledged arrangement that they


sent their hosts a cheque
for

stayed with congenial friends and


their night allowance.

novel arrangement no doubt and quite


it,

sound provided one's host thoroughly understood


lead to trouble.

otherwise

it

At Klang Mr. Kennelly was


many
is

in

charge
of
it,

of the

resthouse

as

lessee
for

and he made such a good job


things.
a very

that

it

became noted

Mrs.

Kennelly
of

is still

out here and


still

has her mother,


alive.

who

old lady

French extraction,

Notable IndiansK. Thamboosamy


brother
as
Pillai

came here from Singapore with


the
of
first

his

Clerk

to

Mr. Guthrie Davidson,


partner
in

Britfsh

Resident,

who was

the

legal

firm

Rodyk and

28

DaridsoD,

Later he was transferred to the Treasury, where he

eventually became

Head Clerk and

acted as State Treasurer for

some months.
brought over the

He
first

was sent by the Gorernment to India and


batch of Indian Immigrants for the Railway

and Pnblic Works Departments.


resigned the Government Service

Eventually

Tambusamy

Pillay

and went into partnership with

Towkay Loke Yew


leader of the Tamil

in

the big

Rawang Mining
well.

Concession, in

which they both did extraordinarily

He He

was the acknowledged


the Governof

Community and was consulted by

ment on

all

matters of importance,

was a Member

the

Selangor Club and a "strong supporter of the Turf Club, owning

many
body

race horses
in the State. a race

and was a member

of practically
1

every public

He

died in Singapore in

902, where he had


here and

gone for
buried.
Pillay,

meeting, but his remains were brought


of

He

had four sons, the eldest

whom, K. T. Parimanan K.
Ganapathy Pillay
and who

died about four years ago

and was a very popular young


is

man.

The only surviving son to-day


is

T,

who

quite young,

possessed of a pleasing disposition,


into public
life

will doubtless

come

as his years
till

advance.

He

has

been a supporter of the Turf


seat in
for the

up

now.

The family had

their

Batu Road, but the house and grounds were recently sold

new Victoria Institution buildings

it is

said.

R. Dorasamy Pillay came here

in

the early eighties as

Contractor for road making, when he prospered.

He

too hailed

from Singapore, where he was the

Army

Commissariat Contractor.
district

He owned
later years

several tin mines in the

Kuala Lumpur
all

and

in

took over, on certain terms,

the

valuable mining

lands belonging to the Sultan of Selangor in the


district.

Ulu Selangor

He

was

also contractor to

the railways for the supply

of

" bakau " (mangrove) firewood, when he leased forests on the

coast from the

Government.

He

was one of the leaders of the


of the Sanitary

Tamil Community and a Member


of a retiring disposition.

Board, but was

He

interested himself in the


his

Methodist

Boys School
contributed

in

Kuala Lumpur where


towards the

sons were educated,

liberally

building

funds

and for

his

generosity a hall was

named

after

him.

In recent years Dorasamy

29

Pillay

had been much


to have

troubled
visit

by
all

asthma,

and premonition

seemed

made him

almost

the sacred

Hindu Shrines
all

in India.

He

died a few months after his return, monrned by

classes, especially the


left three sons,

poor

one of

whom whom died


come
lioijse

he fed at regular intervals.


a year ago, the eldest of

He
is

whom

R. D.
views,

Ramasamy
who
will

Pillay, a very steady

young man

of enlightened

doubtless
is

to the front as

years

advance.
figure

This young
at

man

fond of

racing and

is

a well

known

most

of

our race meetings.


the

Afler

demise of

the

two

above

mentioned men

M.

Cumarasamy

Pillay,

who came

to this

State in the later eighties

almost straight from Raffles Institution, Singapore, (where he was


educated,)

became a leader

of

his

Community.

He He

originally

joined the office of Capt. Syers,


later

Superintendent of Police, and was


rose to be

transferred

to

the Conrts as Interpreter.


tlie

Chief Interpreter of

Supreme Court, where


and
Bar.

his abilities were

openly acknowledged by both Bench

He

retired

less

than two years ago after twenty eight years


age very well, and
is

service, but

keeps his

now doing business

as a merchant.

30

CHAPTER
We
well
still

VI.
us "
the

are

glad

to

have

among

Sammy

" Scott, the

known Chemist who opened about


a road

first ice

works and

aerated water factory in

Kuala Lumpur on the


after him.

Brickfields

Road

where there
rare

is

named

He

regaled us with such

drinks
;

as

potash,

lithia

and

seltzer waters, sparkling fever

tonic etc

but

it is

surprising to relate that neither the ice

works

nor the pop factory paid, and had to be reluctantly closed down by "

Sammy

".

His

last

"

pill

" shop as a Cash Chemist was


Streets and he
in

at the
a

junction of

High and Klyne

sold out
life

only
of

few

years ago, and was

much missed

the business

the city,

which he enlivened with his caustic wit and


wish him long
sincere friend.
life as

ready

humour.

We

he did a deal of good quietly and was a very


about one of the oldest European
to

He

is

residents
in

and has never been back


eighties.

Scotland since he came out

the

He

recently went to Australia for a few months.

We
men

had more than a dozen

sets of brothers in the State in

the early days, so the land must have been good


advised their brothers to

to

live

in

when

come out and

join them.

They were the Harpers, Meikles,


Hubbacks,
Staffords,

Glassfords,

Kindersleys,
Bellamy's, years
the,

Stonors,

Careys,

Walshes,

Douglases,
in

Cummings,

Sandersons,
planters,

and
others

later

Vanrenens.
miners,

Some were

" Sowdagers,"

others
it

and not a few joined the Government Service, though


then.

was not considered very lucrative

Freemasonry.
Read Lodge 2337 (English Constitution) had
Clarke
Street
its

premises in

and had been already

in existence for a

few years

when

its office

bearers were Brothers Sanderson, Russell, Nicholas,

Hemmy, Welch, and

Perentice.

Towards the end

of

1893
in

Sir

Charles

Warren,

Officer
laid

Commanding

the

Troops

the

Straits

Settlements,

the

foundation of the present lodge on Damansara Road, built by the

31

Masonic Hall Co
the great

Ltd. Sir Charles will be remembered


Police Force, the finest in the world.

as head of

London

The new
cere-

lodge was opened a year after,

after the usual consecration

mony by
and

Brotiieis

Watkins, Makepeace, Welch, and Sanderson,


Eesident J, P. Rodger, c.m.g.. and

at the dinner following the

the Capitan China were present, wlien great enthusiiisra prevailed.

Nicholas was the contractor who buill the lodge which stands in
fine

grounds.
C. E. F. Sanderson gave a big album to collect cabinet size

photographs of members
to

of

the craft, and

it

would be interesling

know

if

this

book

still exists.

There

is

today a Lodge Tullibardine (Scottish Constitution


but

) in

the Federal Capital,

why

a second one

was necessary
clubs.

is

not

known, merely perhaps


is

in the

way that we have two


in

There

also

a Makepeace

Lodge holding meetings

Read Lodge.
community,
as

Read Lodge has done yeoman


it

service for the whole

was often rented out

for

dances, dinners, and receptions.


also held.

In

this lodge the

Royal Arch and Mark Meetings are

Distinguished Visitors.
During Mr.
J. P.

Rodger's term

of office as

British Resident

we had a good many well known

visitors.

First

came the Hon.


planting, and in

Stratford Tollemache who took up land


later years sent his

for coffee

two brothers out here, one of

whom

temporarily

joined the department of agriculture during the plague of locusts.

Mr. Kirkwood, Legal Adviser to the Japanese government


visited us as early as

1896 and looked over our railway and Public


also

Works
Schools,

Engineering Shops,

our

English
generally

and Vernacular
went
into

and other
of

institutions.

He

our

methods

administration and was greatly struck by the great


in a

advances made on every side

few years in Perak and Selangor,


for

doubtless copying our methods a good deal

Japan.
in

Mr.

Ralph Paget

of

the British

Legation

Japan, and

Mr. Maurice de Bunsen of the Bangkok Legation visited Mr. and

32

)
the States.
It
is

Mrs.

J.

P.

Rodger and did some touring

in

surprising Imw. few globe trotters


Northcliffe said something to
tliis

know

of these States,

and liord
visited ns,

effect lately

when he

but when the Prince of Wales visits us we should be the

known

better in
in

West and

the

Malay Borneo Exhibition should largely help

this direction.

Posts
C. R. Cormac was us as Chief in

and Telegraphsis still

Assistant Superintendent and


of Selangor,

with

Charge

Negri Sembilan and Pahang.


better,

For an

officer that

comes into contact with (he public no

choice could have been made, as he has always been willing to help

those in need of
at our concerts.

it.

Cormac played

the violin and largely helped

Prior to 1891 the State had no

stamps of

its

own, and those

from the Colony of the Straits Settlements were used and surcharged with a Star and Crescent, with Selangor printed across.

In
(tall

1891 the State stamps with the springing tiger

in

" lallang "

grass) were issued, but the subsequent surcharges have been

many

and

varied.

Rates of postage were raised from two to three cents

for local letters,


letters

now

it is

five cents.

The

service

stamps with the

" 0. G. S." on them were used on Government parcels from a

certain

weight beyond ordinary

letters,

an account being kept

of

each occasion when they were used.


this reason,

These stamps were scarce for


it

but

it is said,

with what amount of tnith

is

not

known, that some


timbei-

officials

were keen on sending samples of bricks


collared

etc

to each

other as they then

the

stamps

for

their collections.

The Post
as
its
first

Office Savings

Bank was opened


R.

in

1893 and had


to
his

Manager, Mr. A.

Venning

in

addition

duties at the Treasury.

It did not

catch on to any great extent


to

and even now

its

interest is far

too low

make

it

in

any way

attractive to the public.

Wooden

telegraph poles were used for a good while, but we

soon indented on the Crown Agents for iron ones, but the telephone

33
much

was not brought into use


fairly far, but not far

till

later,

and to-day we can speak

enough as

to Singapore,

Penang, or Ipoh.

Public

Works Departmentto federation,

Mr. 0. E. Spooiier was State Engineer prior


but afterwards took charge of our railways.
only retired a year or so ago, was District
Street Bridge in

E. R. Stokoe, who

Engineer.
in

The High
1893.
in

Kuala r.um[uir was completed


offices

The

foundation

stone* of the large public


Sir

was

laid

October
the

1894 by Governor
Resident

Charles

Mitchell in

the presence of

W. Hood

Treacher, and the estimated cost was dollars one


as the

hundred and sixty thousand. Sir Charles was against the vote
revenue of the State then was only
tliree

million dollars and he


to the

thought that we should hnsband our resources, but gave way


wishes of the Resident.

He

said that the

money ought
tin

to be primarily
last for ever.

spent on new roads and communications, as

would not

They were completed about the middle


first

of

1897 and opened by


c.

the
it is

Resident-General, Sir Prank Swettenham, k.


the estimate was not exceeded,

m. g.,

and

said that

marvellously cheap and

the fine buildings are

today easily worth a million dollars.


Offices arrived

The
a

big clock for the tower of the Government

few

months

later.

" Carcosa " was

built in

1897 by contractors Nicholas and

Walsh and

is

the present residence of the Chief Secretary, F.


"

M.

S.

and the word

Carcosa "

is

also that officials telegraphic address.

The road from Kuala Kubu to the Gap, Raub and Lipis in Pahang was pushed on witii by Messrs W. H. Tate and J. J. Tait contractors, who were well known as " Tate and Tait",
but they parted after some years.

The
brick and

public
tile

works

factory,

state 'store, timber

depot

and

factory were opened in

June 1894 and

W.

A. Leach,
;

who had previous experience in this line of work, was in charge till T. Groves was made Factory Engineer, a position he occupied
off

and on

for years, retiring

some

little

time back.

34

Brickfields Road,

known by

the native population

as"Batu

Limablas" got

its

name owing

to the brick

and

tile

factory there.

Clarke Street consisted of stables and sheds and the Post


Office

somewhere

there

was

quaint

looking

structure.

A. C. Harper
of the present

&

Co.,

had

their first office in this locality.

The

site

Supreme Court was known


Malay Mosque now

as

'

Dhoby's Green," the


in the river close to
is

clothes being dried there after being

washed

where the

fine

stands.

Onr Town Hall


Ht

hard

by and the twQ buildings are today far too close

each other.

In honour of the successful completion of the


offices,

fine

public

by far the biggest building work then undertaken, the officers


of

of the

department

Public

Works gave

a dinner at the rest house

when C. E. Spooner,
Covers were
laid

o.u.a., State Engineer,

was the

chief guest.

for

about sixty and

Mr. Ketschker who made

the arrangements, as lessee of the rest house, was congratulated


in the early hours of thp following
this a

morning

for his work.

Besides

great

ball

took place in the

New

Public Offices after the

internal

fittings

had been designed and put up under the able


C; E. Spooner was presented by with
offices

supervision of A. B. Hubback.
his

brother

officers

of

the department
of the
fine

service

of plate

embossed with
ability,

an impress

as

mark

of his

and

compliments were

blown about to

and from him

fairly freely.

The floods of October 1895 did a great deal of damage in Kuala Lumpur and hampered many new works then in progress. The Ampang Waterworks were begun in 1891 and completed in
1896 by Mr. Paxon, Hydraulic Engineer, and
assistant.
J.

O'Hara

his able

The

reservoir then

had seventy days supply for Kuala Lumpur,

since then

another smaller reservoir has been constructed in the


forest,

Weld's Hill reserved


have
been

and many additions and alterations

the population of the citv has increased by leaps and bounds, but we have water not only sufficient
for

made.

Since

1896

ablution but can

still

add as much as we

like to

our whisky

35

)
as a beverage.

and the native population

of

comse use

it

largely

The contractors
Erskine

for

these

huge works were Messrs.

Howarth

&

Co.,

who were afterwards absorbed by the United

Engineers Ltd.

The
from

head-quarters
to

of

the police
offices

department were

shifted
built

pillar

post
a.

till

the

in

High

Street

were

and opened with


interest in their

large

attendance of Chinese, who showed an

own

protection.

Our town and country roads had


for

never

tasted

tar

macadam, but they were passable


its

a young
tin

country relying for almost


ore.

entire revenue

from the duty on

The Chinese then

as

now were
under the

large building contractors,

and

Ang

Seng, who died a few years ago, built the


supervision
is

Government
of the
officers

Offices to the plans supplied

of

the

Public

the ordinary

Works Department. It chinese workman can do

truly marvellous
his
five
skill,

what

with

and his
skilled

industry

is

great.

In the old country four or

or

more

workmen
building,

in different trades

would be required
is

to put

up a large

whereas here one ohinese


joiner,

buildef,

mason, plumber,

carpenter,
lesser

and blacksmith.

Small wonder then that the


populations are chary of
restrictions.

populated continents with

white

letting the celestial in even

under drastic
built

The Gaol

at

Pudu was
round

about

this

time

for
in

short

sentenced prisoners, criminals being sent to Taiping

Perak,
with

The top
loose
layer.

of the high wall

this gaol

was piled up

finally

bricks

neatly

arranged, glass being strewed on the topmost


for
this

The reasons

brain wave

are

obvious,
It is

and
not

it

has

prevented

many

escapes of

notorious characters.

known
but

where the prisoners were kept before the Pudu place was
the very amusing and interesting book containing

built,

the remarks by
tell us.
ill

Visiting

Justices

and

others

in
five

the present gaol could


prisoners

Once the Gaoler suggested that


should

who were

rather

be

sent to

the

hospital at

Klang

for

better treatment.
that, as there were

With

this the British Resident agreed,

and said

only five of them and he was going to

Klang next week, he would


themselves

take them with him by


in
this

boat.

Residents do not amuse


it is

way

in

modern times
be

believed,

but

then our pioneer

prisoners were said to

sporting and far

more communicative.

36

This same Gaoler was a genius


idea
first

in his

way,

it

was to him that the

occurred of the advisability of having

some

sort of fence

around the gaol.


of this

The Visiting Justices admitted that something


to gaols.

kind was usual with regard

With

this

view the

Besident concurred, so small fence was erected which effectually


preyented straying cattle from grazing in the gaol and
interfering
retired

with the prisoners.

This worthy custodian


for

has long since


is

on<a hard earned pension, which

some years he
of

said to have

supplemented by supervising

the

menage

an exiled Bourbon

Nobleman.

37

CHAPTER

VII.

Sanitoria.

Knala Lumpur has hot


receive little

snlphui- springs at Setapak, but they

attentinn
is

from the Authorities beyond the few bath


a great pity.

rooms erected, which

As they

are so close they

would be largely used,

if

people were

sure that they were not

frequented by diseased persons, for

separate premises of the open air variety could be built.


twelfth mile

whom At the
How-

Uln Klang

there are other hot sulphur springs.

ever sixteen miles from the capital and fourteen miles from

Kajang

stands the " Dusun


fine

Tua

" (old orchard) bungalow, where there are

sulphur springs and proper bathrooms; and a fairly clean river

flowing on the opposite side.


tor a couple of

This sanatorium was built


in

in

1891

thousand dollars

the orchard (chiefly containing

dnrians) planted originally by the Sakais, our aboriginee friends of


these parts.

The water was analysed by Dr. Boih from Singapore


it

and he stated

contained
it

chlorine,

ammonia, and sulphide

in

modified forms, and

has

it is

said given relief to persons suffering

from

rheumatism,

richman's

gout,

lumbago and

other

classy

diseases.

The

site for the

Sanatorium

at

Bukit

Kutu

in

Ulu Selangor
owing

was chosen by Treacher and Venning at a height


sand
feet,

of about three thou-

and the bungalow

built later on at a small cost

to
it

the cheapness of building materials generally in those days.


is

Bat

not patronised a very great deal owing

to

transport difficulties,
for their

though a good few Government folk go there end


place.

many week
of

holidays,

besides

the general

public

know

so

little

the

Coffee Days,
The
after
first

coffee estate

was opened on Weld's Hill (named


Liberian coffee

the then Governor) where

was planted by
firm of

T. Heslop Hill,

who was

a partner in the well


etc.

known

Hill&

Eathborne, Contractors

This firm planted the Ginting Bedai


Coffee, but later

and Batu Caves estates with Arabian

abandoned

38

them owing

to difficulties, over labour

and the distance from Kuala

Lumpur.
with

Jaranese and Pahang Malays planted their kampongs


" Lincoln

Liberian between the race course and

" Estate.
;

Messrs Toynbee, Laird, Currie, and Dougal opened "Hawthornden


L.

Dougal
in

" Edinburgh "

at

Kepong,

also

" Roslin " and

" Lincoln "

the Setapah Valley.


",

Later the Meikle brothers

(" Lairds") opened " Wardiebniii

who had

planted coffee

before

in

and the Glassford brothers, " South India, " The Mount
",

E. V. Carey opened

"New

Amlierst

A. B. Lake and Paget.


all

"Kent", and Murray


with Liberian Coffee.

Campbell " Aberscross " and

were planted

About two thousand

acres in all were then

under cultivation on these properties, but about four times that


J3atu of land had been taken up for future development. Tiga way we had " Glenmarie " and "Enterprise" managed by

amount

Hurth, whose wife's hospitality was greatly appreciated.

W.W.

Bailey (Tim) planted "Petaling" Estate near the rail-

way, which was later acquired by the Petaling Coffee Co, for dollars

twenty thousand for two thousand acres

in all,

only partly planted; but

the capital for further development was dollars one hundred thousand.

Bailey became

Managing Director

of course

Bailey

also

planted

" Vallambrosa " at Klaiig.


" Tremelbye "

Capt. Treweeke
also

and Melbye

opened

Estate, Klang, and here

Malcolm
with
'"

Cumming
A.
bit

opened

two was

hundred
then

and

fifty

acres
"

Liberian.

Walker
earlier.

Manager

of

Lowlands
in

planted

E. B. Skinner at that time was


In the Kajang
district, the

charge of Batu Caves

estate.

Kindersley brothers, R. C.
",

M.

known
" Incli
after

as " the Corporal "

and D. C. P. as " the Marine

owned

Kenneth "

estate

and took upland on the Rekoh Road,

which they named their new property.

The former
of
is

is

the planting

member

of the also
in

Federal Council

to-day.

The Hon. Everard Fielding


big

took up land which

now

the

"

West Country " Estate

Kajang and Geo.

Shepherd was Manager of " Balgownie " Estate.

The

father of Cecil and

Leonard Wray,

of tlie

Government
in

Service, first introduced coffee planting into

Malaya,
later

Klang

it

was

planted

by Javanese and

Malays and

by Chinese,

principally with Liberian.

39

The

price of coffee was about dollars thirty five a pioiil and even
for

went up to dollars forty


half per

number

one.

The duty was one and


of

cent
firm
latter

on the gross value.


of

H. H. Huttenbatch,
opened
a

the

present
in

Huttenbach
of

Lazarus,

coffee

factory

the
it

part

1894.

Then

it

was roughly
to

estimated
an
acre

that

took

about

dollars three

hundred
in

bring

of coffee into bearing,

and with Inck

two and

half vears

you

got your money back.


extensively
in

The

resnlt

was

that coffee
a

was planted bad slump.


of

Ceylon and here, and we both had

The
and

coffee tree
pests,

however suffered badly from the attacks


especially

fungi

more

when the
later years a
till

cultivation was

extensive,

particularly in Ceylon.

In

good many Chinese inter-

planted Para Rubber with coffee

the shade of the rubber trees

allowed no sun

in.

Coffee Planting.
There
is

no doubt that Heslop Hill was our pioneer coffee


of such

planter and a recognised authority, and was part owner


well
''

known

estates

as " Weld's Hill,""

Kamuning," " Klang,"


In
later

Lilian,"

" Eveleen."

and

" Linsum."

days

he was

largely

interested in

Para Rubber and was Director

of several

Companies, the chief one being the Linggi Plantations Co.

He

was Immigration Agent


resided, but

for

the

F.

M.

S.

in

India
it

where he

had differences with the Government,


after

was rumoured,
E. V.

and

retired

liberal

settlement for both parties.


"

Carey introduced the Berkshire hog at


his

New Amherst,"

where

house was once badly struck by lightning,

when Mrs. Carey

and the baby (now Mrs. Jack Spooner) received very severe shocks. When para rubber became the fashion he opened up " Carey
Island "
off

Port Swettenhara, and was also a Director

of

Jugra

Lands, where he insisted


etc.,

on mixed cultivation, such as coconuts

practice

extensively carried out in Java.


at

He

died only a

few

years

ago

home

leaving

quite

tidy

fortune.

Clem

Glassford and his brother were excellent sportsmen


popular,

and extremely

both being good cricketers and golfers.

They took

well

their estates near Sungei to rubber and did extremely well out of both gone west, fine have they that Buloh, but it is believed

big

men who were

friends

of

everybody.

R.

C.

M. Kindersley

"

40

and

his brother

D. C. P. successfully turned " Reko Hill "

from

coffee into

rubber, and have done a

great deal for the industry.

The

former

has

now

represented

planting

interests

on

the

Federal Council for some years and has proved very sound, but his
brother was killed in the great war to the regret of
all.

E.
rubber

U.

and

R.

M. Skinner

are

still

largely

connected with
in

planting

interests

and held a large share


interests were

the

big

Belgian Company, but their


they
still

recently changed,

and
the

remain large shareholders and


of

Directors
is

only of

Kajang Group,

which " West Country "

the chief one.


It
is

They
that

have interests in Kedah


both brothers
liad retired,

and elsewhere

also.

believed

but the big slump in the rubber industry

when the

price went below seven pence has caused a

good

few old

planters ta return

and reorganise

their large

interests.

H.
still

C. Rendle was at Castlefield but

.is

now

in

Kedah and

plays a good

game

of

lawn tennis.
it

In

1910 rubber went

almost to thirteen shillings and this year

almost touched six pence,


per pound

what

stupendous difference

in the price

when

it

is

considered that very ordinary sized companies turn


three hundred thousand pounds a year.

out two and

Mr. R. Munro was even then


agriculturists
in the country.

at

Jugra and one

of the

finest

He
of

had large rubber

interests, but

counterbalanced them with


authority.

coconuts on which he was

the leading

He
left

was truly one

nature's gentlemen, a fine pianist,

and we
recently

all

remember the
us
to

visitors

book

in his
iiis

bungalow.

He

but

for a better

sphere,

and

memory has been


the

perpetuated

considerable

extent

with

" Hibiscus

flowering plant of
obtainable.

which he was very fond and had every variety

Mr.

J. 0.

Pasqual lived

in the

State and was a great believer

in the use of

Chinese labour for our coffee estates, and advocated


purpose.
ore

recruiting for the

Quite recently he struck an underin the

ground cave
of Perlis
;

rich with tin

limestone

cliffs in

the

State

after shafting

somewhere near

a thousand
still

feet,

and he

thoroughly deserved his luck.


resides
at

He

is

hale

and hearty but

Penang, and has recently been interesting himself in

41

)
of

paddy planting.

He

will

remembei- the scarcity

rice

in

the

Kuala Langat
of the

district

about December 1896 owing to the failure

Indian crop, when a note of warning was issued, which came

in at one ear

and went out

of the

otlier as

far as the

Government
went

were concerned.
to

In 1920 the price locally per


to

" gantang "

$1 50, when Eve times that quantity ought


money, and the Government
lost

hare been bought


dollars

for the

many

millions of

in selling

cheaper than they purchased abroad, chiefly from

Burmah
loans

crippling their finances, so

much

so

that

during

the

war

had to be

raised.

Pepper.
There were a good few acres of pepper planted and some
our coffee estates
a'lso

of

indulged in this cultivation, but


;

it

was more
in

extensively planted by Javanese


their

and

local

and foreign Malays

kampongs.

" Beverlac " and " Ebor " estates in the Klang
with'

district,

which had been planted


of

pepper before co^ee, were

under the management

Stephenson,
ten
it

The
per

price of pepper picul

was

somewhere

in the vicinity of dollars

but

it

varied

enormously, and those that cultivated

never could gauge

how

they

would stand with dropped out.

their finances,

and

for this reason alone

pepper

Coconuts.
The
rush,

consols of the
co.ist,

East however were never planted with a


simply bftcause
finer

even on the
into bearing.

they took

some' years to

come

No

land for this steady cultivation could


line,

hare been found than that on our coast


doubt that
it

but there
of capital

is

little

would take an enormous amount

to bring

an estate into bearing almost anywhere inland.

Every kampong contained


cofEee, pepper,

in almost equal

numbers coconuts,

and

fruit trees, in the

same way

as they

now contain

rubber, coconuts, and

fruit
well.

trees

all

cramped together, without a


this

hope

of

any thriving

The Government about

time

considered that the real pioneer days were fast passing away and in

consequence
acre.

it

raised the land rents from

25 cents

to

50 cents per

Enormous

areas in recent years were given out for Para


in one block, with the result that small

Rubber planting

would be

42

owners were blocked out


rubber and the industry

and today we hare an over production of


is in

a more critical condition than eren

our pessimists imagine.

Soon

after the

federation

Laurie Brown, of the well


in

known

old family that

had very large interests

Penang, was appointed

Inspector of

Coconuts for the F. M. S. and did a deal of useful


collaborated with

work.

He

R. Munro of Jugra
is

in a

book on
best

coconut planting, which today

recognised

as

one

of the

works on
about

the subject.

Laurie

Brown
at

retired

some years ago


in

1915, and

has settled

down

the

sea-side

Penang,

because the

home climate

did not agree with his health.

Many

old

residents have done the

same thing

here, but this is

done much

more

in

Northern India where the

hill

stations
arid

have many retired

civil servants,

army
it

officers,

merchants

others living perma-

nently.

Of course

depends largely on the ties left at

home, and

when ones parents


it is

are no more,

and the children have gone abroad,

pleasanter to retire where one has spent

mbst

of his

lifa.

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43

CHAPTER
At

VIII.

that time the revenue of the wliole State

amounted

to but

three million dollars,


special services

and the expenditure annually recurrent and


for

two and a half millions, with quarter million


leaving
a

railway

extension;

saving

of

quarter

million.

very sound policy indeed,


as
let

and no borrowing needed to do anything,

our old administrators were aware that over quick development,


the State in for what often was not budgeted for.

For instance

the

tunnel

across the English Clhannel to France would probably

be an excellent thing, but like the Joliore Causeway under construction

today time alone could

tell

us

whether

it

was worth
for

while

putting

money

into

it.

Now

a days we

seem

to be out

show

alone, judging by the

huge public buildings


as
for

in the federal

capital.

Many

of

them could have waited,

instance

the big

palatial

railway station and the railway offices opposite.


hotel has
built

The
if it

railway
not been
of the

only

ruined

private enterprise,' and


hotel on

had

we would have had another big

the

lines

present " Empire " for our visitors with no cost to the

State.

It

cannot be said that

it is

a paying concern, though the Government

may
with

not lose

money,
million
in our

but look what else could we


dollars.

not have done

another

The pioneer
buildings,

policy

was

to

have

plenty of
is

room

Government

today half the space

taken

up with

staircases

and corridors,
in their

and so
offices.

officials

are

always grumbling for want of space


could get
visit the

If

only

we
to

that

great

administrator
tell

Sir
us, in

Frank Swettenham
the
local

Native States again and

newspapers

in a series of letters,

what he thought
be
interesting,

of things generally

from his
worth

standpoint;
reading.
the days of

it

would
is

amusing and

really

He

not diffident in saying what he thinks, as early in

the great

war he said

in

the

" Times "

that
so

the the

nation was

suffering from a plethora of

Prime Ministers,

nation was, and so apparently are we out here.

Railways'
The main
line

from Kuala Lumpnr


in

to

Serendah was already

open and was being continued

sections.

In 1892

the

branch

44

line of

one and half miles from Sultan Street, to Piidoh was opened,

and

later in

1895 the big gaol was


Snngei

built

there.

This

line

was

afterwards continued to
with
its tin

Besi which had

come

to the fore

ore deposits.
of the

The opening

Ulu Selangor

section,

when Mr. E.
Railway

Birch was Acting British Resident, Watkins,

Engineer

and Roy Assistant, brought the Governor Sir Clementi Smith and

Lady Smith and

her two daughters from


wliicli

Singapore.
only

There were

great doings and champagne,

cost

dollars three per

magnum,

flowed freely, and of course there was far

more speech mak-

ing in those days.

Murray Campbell represented the contractors. Sir

Button Gregory Ltd.


first

By

the way Campbell was Chieftain held reason


at
in

at the

St.

Andrew's

dinner

1890,

and
held
of

the
till

next

dinner

for

some
Bridge

unknown
was
half

was
a

not
cost

1894. one
the

Connaught
hundred

built

dollars

thousand,

being

cost
in

of

materials

and

other half for erection, and was opened


^

1890 by the Acting


other
river

Governor Sir Frederic Dickson, father


Officer of
tlie

of the

day

District

Klang.
bed
filled

The

channel of the
.

Klang

was diverted,
to
exist.

old

up, and

the station

almost

ceased

Considerable alterations were

made
and

to the

Kuala Lumpur Station


replaced

which was
present

pulled

down

in

recent

years and

by

the

palatial

buildings

hotel.

About

1893

Murray
and other

Campbell

&

Co., were relieved of their railway contracts,

smaller contractors came in as H. 0. Maynard, Dalrymple, Gordon,

and George.

Porsyth Martin

was responsible for


as a

good few
All
just

railway surveys and will be remembered

ventriloquist.

here then will remember the railway accident in


across

August 1893,

the

Connaught
train

Bridge,

between
train

the

Kuala Lumpur
;

passenger
engines

and

the

goods
the

from

Klang

when the

that

collided

were

"

Lady Clementi Smith " and


Geo. Bellamy,
to

"Lady Clarke" named


District Officer,

after the wives of Governors.

Kuala Selangor, was badly injured and had


and subsequently was invalided
Public

go
the
less

home on

this

account,

for

same reason.

Reyne

of the

Works Department was


the
in

slightly hurt but his

niother

who was with him on


She has

journey

escaped

with

only

a severe shock.

settled

Kuala

45

Lumpur and
in
is

is

now about eighty


She
is

years of age but wonderfully active

mind and body.


of

running

a small

farm

of her

own and
In
this

course

the oldest

European resident
killed

of Selangor.

railway accident one Chinese was

and about

fifteen injured,

some

rather

seriously,

but

if

the

collision

had

occurred on

Connanght Bridge

the

consequences must

have been disastrous.

About
when
a

this

time an unusual

accident happened

on

locomotive

gauge glass burst and badly injured the


receipts then

driver.

The Railway
thonsand yearly.

were about dollars six hundred

In these days single tickets were issued for a return journey,


one and half fares only being charged, but
it is it

no longer
will be

in

force.

D. J, Highet was Divisional Engineer and


that he married Miss Carpmael,

remembered
here, but
officially

whose brother was out


popular

he went

later

to

Uganda.

Highet was very and


retired

and

socially,

was a keen

golfer,

from the service only

a tew years ago.

Peter Hoffner was with Murray


but after a few years joined
resigning just
tiie

Campbell, the Contractor,


line,

department on the open

before the rubber

boom

to-

take charge of

Towkay

Loke Yew's

estates.

He

will

be remembered as part owner with

Laurie Yzelman of the Sungei

Ohoh Mine, which

afterwards was

planted np with rubber and floated into a Company.


a keen race horse owner

Hoffner was

and
with

also a fine

sportsman.

He

relates

how he shot four

tigers

one

bullet.

What happened was


Chimpul Estate was
it

that a tigress that was causing

trouble on

shot

by Hoffner,

and when the carcass was being skinned


in litter.

was
were

found. that the beast was heavy


discovered
spirits.

Tiiree perfect cubs


carefully
is

and Hoffner has them


are
valuable,

to-day
incident

preserved in

They

the
for
is

unique,
if

and

the

specimens
figure were

might be procured
offered.

our

museums,

a reasonable estate in the

Hoffner

managing

a rubber

direction of

Batu

Caves and keeps his age very well indeed.


line
to

The min

Kuala Kubu was opened by

Governor
again did

Mitchell in October
excellent work.

1894 on which Watkins and Roy

46
of

Theodore Hubback, brother


Coast but
later resigned

" Trilby," was District Engineer


for himself.

and planted rubber

G. H. Fox joined

tlie

Department when
is

it

was known as the


to be credited with

Selangor Government Railway, and


the

largely
lines

work

of

construction

on

our main

since then

as Chief

Construction Engineer.

He

has more than once acted as General


all

Manager
A.

of

Railways and has been a general favourite

round.

H. Bagnall and

W.

D. Fisher

were mainly responsible for


Pilah, while

the extensions to Jelebu and

Kuala

Western Walsh

did the settling out of


railways
a are

many permanent way extensions.


the mystic letters F.
train

Our
and

known now by
when the
a young

M.

S. R.,

few years ago


line,

was crawling along a flooded


for his wit) pointed
to

section of the

blood (noted
of

these embossed

letters

on the side
in

one of the seats in a


" Fakir

first class

compartment
Rosak."

and said

Malay,
it

Macham
little

Sidikit
bit out

Literally translated

means " think like

of gear," quite

good

at the spur of the

moment.

Chartered BankIn' 1887


this

Bank opened

a sub-agency

in

shop house,

Bruce Webster being

the first sub-agent.

After a few years the


Oifices,

bank removed
Secretariat

to the

new Government

where the Chief

now has

its

record rooms on the ground floor.

Sansom

Greig, Forbes, Ramsay, Gibson, Sutherland and Dalziel

succeeded

each other at intervals, and business expanded quickly. premises were removed to the present
fine
site,

Then the
present

and

later the

building was erected, which had

to be

extended lately owing


in

to further business.

Up
all

to

1910 no other banks existed

Kuala
raised

Lumpur, and the


to an
J. F,

status of the

Kuala Lumpur branch was


branches were

Agency when

F.

M.

S.

subordinated,

and

Beddy was appointed from China.

D.

W.

Gilmour was the


Robertson who
of

next Agent and he


is

was succeeded by J. Argyll

in charge to-day,

and who received the honour

0. B. E.

for

his services to the

Government during

the great war.

In 1909 a sub-agency was opened at Klang and a year later


another at Seremban, owing to increased business due to the great

47

rubber industry principally.

This bank made

the war loan

of

dollars twenty millions a success, for which Argyll Robertson O. B.

E. was primarily responsible.


capital as
junior.

He

was no stranger

to the federal

he had already worked

in the

bank years previously as a


at

In

1922 the

fine

new building
in

Klang was opened.


opened the same day

During the great rubber boom

1910 the Hongkong & Shanghai

Bank, and the Mercantile Bank


and have since
as the
its

of India were

built their

own

premises.

'Chinese Bank,

known

Kwong Yik

(Selangor), was opened a few years ago and has


All the banks seem to be doing well

premises in Cross Street.


tin

but since the rubber and

slumps are very chary about overdrafts.

Currency.
The
dollar

was slowly depreciating and went as low as one

shilling eight pence but averaged between

1894 and 1897 someof course there

where

in the vicinity of

one shilling eleven pence,

was an extraordinary

fall in

the value of silver in 1893.

Govern-

ment servants were compensated, and those


1896 drew four
shillings

that joined prior to


for leave

and three shilings eight pence


to

pay and pension respectively

the dollar.

Five dollar notes of

the same size as the present ten dollar ones were the lowest value
notes in circulation.

The

silver

dollars were

the

Japanese

Yen

and the Mexican


the present coin

dollar,

both
ten,

mnch

larger in size and heavier than

Five,

twenty, and fifty-cent silver pieces

were

in circulation

and the

filthy

one dollar and ten cent notes were


finances.

the outcome
'

of the great

war and possibly our


size,

These old

silver dollars

were double the

and weight in silver of a two

shilling piece

yet they were worth only at best one shilling eleven


is

pence.

This

what

political

economy has taught us

is

exchange.

Other instances are the


about one shilling

silver

German mark whose


is

face value

was

and which today

worth only one and half of our


a shilling.

copper cents, forty three of which


rouble, also a silver coin
is

make
the

The Russian
in

in

much

same position

January

1922.

Of course the enormous


is in

fall

in

the values of these two

foreign coins

the main due to the finances of the countries,


silver.

which have been substituting paper money for

The

bullion

has been used for payments abroad, since their credit had fallen

48
hiis

below water mark, and

silver

been

shipped in bulk against

purchases and lately indemnities

in the case of

Germany.
and

In

904

tlie

dollar was fixed at two shillings four pence

the salaries of the senior


all

membfrs

of the Goveriunent Service in

branches were made sterling, the old rates of pension at four

shillings

and

three shiling eight

pence

being

done away with

automatically.
basis on the

This jevision of salaries according to a sterling


rate of
tliat

pound was however done when the

exchange
accepted

was about one shilling eleven pence, so that those


it

were badly caught. Their pensions were already materially reduced,


rate for calculations rose

and now the current


eleven

from one

sliilling

pence to two shillings four pence and salaries were also


reduced.

materially
till

The

Government Service was poorly paid


salaries were revised

after the war,

when the Of

and they were very


found

liberally treated.
its

necessity a

good deal

of foreign coin

way

into our n)oney

markets and the circulation of copper and


Borneo,

bronze

coins
It

from
is

Sarawak,

and

Brunei had

to

be

prohibited.

worthy

of note

that the Planters Association

decided that a gold coinage or any scheme for raising the value
of the dollar

would be detrimental

to planting interest s.

49

CHAPTEK
The Selangor Club,
in later

IX.

years popularly
in the

known

as "

The
in

Spotted Dog," was originally started


the nineties
still

early eighties

and

had the following original members


Bellamy,

in the State:

D. G. Campbell,

Archie Harper,
Pillai.

Norman, Venning,
in a little

Capt.

Syers, and

Tanibusamy

It
in

was started

plank building with an attap roof, but

1897 when the front


beams were eaten
into

verandah was added,


by white ants and dry
a German,

many
rotf

of ihe original
set in.

had also

The

first

Secretary was
left.

Count

Benistorff,

but after about two years he

BernstorfE was some years later heard of in North China where he

was A. D. C. to a Chinese Viceroy, and indeed was


that court.

in

favour at

One
war.

oanno't help

wondering whether

this is the

same gentleman
the great

that was Attache at the United States

Embassy during

The

British Residents in the persons of Messrs


first

Maxwell,

Rodger and Swettenhani, were the Club's

three

Presidents,
first

and Messrs Bellamy, Venning, and Archie Harper the


best three

and

Honorary
'

Secretaries.

In 1893
(today
it

Tlie

Dog

" had about one hundred and


for

fifty

members

has nearer

two thousand) but


it

some
of
it

reasons, the

chief being the credit system,

was on the verge

bankruptcy.
with a small

Matters went before the Government who supported


yearly contribution of about dollars two hundred and
in

fifty,

but those

authority were not sympathetic and recommended liquidation.

However

on

the
it

assurances

of

Messrs
a

E.

W.

Birch
witli

and
such

A. R. Venning
success that
chiefly.
it

continued
its

on

revised

system

again paid

way,
of

thanks to these two members

Towards

the end
iwas

1894 Bligh became Secretary,


two

when the subscription


extra for games.

dollars

monthly with

dollar

Robbers ievidently thought the club a money

making
safe

place then, because they carried off the Secretary's iron


it

and blew

in

but

it

was rumoured

tliat

they were badly

disappointed.

Taking away and blowing

in safes

seemed

to have,

been a favourite pastime just then, as later the General Hospital

50

)
attention.
off

and Printing

Offices

received

similar

It

was then

believed that a huge joke had been played

on the robbers by

somebody.

H, H. Huttenbach proved
and when
of

wonderful Honorary Secretary,


labour

he

was reluctantly

compelled to give up his

love, the members presented him with a purse to which

he

strongly objected.

However the members would have

their way,

but Huttenbach was not to be outdone and he purchased a dinner


service

from home and had his


it

initials

H. H. and the year

inscri-

bed on

with the words "

To

the Selangor Club ".


is still

He

gave the
china in

dinner service to the Club, and there

part of this

use today, and some of the newer members would be interested in


its history.

Before the rubber boom


pulled

of

1910 the old building was


built

entirely

down and

the

huge new premises

on the plan of

A. B. Hnbback (" Trilby").

It has eight billiard tables, a big

and

small bar, a gentlemen's card and reading room, another

reading
in recent

room
years

also used for dances, dressing rooms, tiffin

rooms

and

Chambers hard by

for

members with

all

meals supplied at a

reasonable figure.

Cricket, tennis, and football are regularly played


in

on the Club's grounds and

January the Club won the


officers of

final in

Rugger

for the

cup given by the

H. M.

S.

" Malaya "

against Singapore.

The Club has been extremely fortunate

in

having

Mr

P.

W.
it

Gleeson as

its

Secretary for so

many
find.

years, as a finer organiser

would be well nigh impossible to

Recreation Club.
After some years
it

was

fell

that a

Club

for ihe Subordinate

Members

of

the

Government

Service

and otherg was

needed.

Handsome donations were given by Messrs J. P. Rodger, Towkay Loke Yew, Tambusamy Pillay, Towkay Yap Kwan Seng,
Dorasamy
our tin ore.
Pillay

and the Straits Trading Co.


is

that handled all

The building

between the present Chartered


it

Bank

and the Selangor Club.

After

was occupied debentures weie

51

issued to provide a billiard table, and the cash system was brought
in force.

This system " the


it

Dog
is

" eventually had to establish and

of conrse

always pays, and

a blessing in disgnise.

Dr. E. A. 0. Travers was by

virtue of his

great

popularity

among
interest

all

classes
in

elected first
for

President of the Club,

and he

continued

this position

many

years,

taking

the greatest

and helping those on the lower rungs


first

of this world's ladder.


is still in

Goonting was
the

Honorary Secretary and he

harness in

Government Service and takes

bis years lightly.

Cricket.

One
Highet,

of our first

matches was with the

fiftyeiglith

Regiment
Bellamy

stationed at

Singapore when
Mitchel

we played
Holmes,

Bircli,

Lake,

Dougal,

Nenlivonner,
;

Pereira,
last

and

Weinman and

OhristoSelsz of the Ceylon Colts

tlie

named

being one of the fast bowlers in the country.

In 1891 we played
this right in

Penang who won by

wickets,

but we

set

1893 by

winning by an innings and 71 runs, when every member of the team


got into double figures, except the fast bowler who took
for
1

3 wickets

an average of about 8 runs each.


in

In this match A. Stephen


in

Anthony made 35 runs


for

the

first

and 55

the second innings


besides being an

Penang, but he was a very

fine

bat and

field,

excellent exponent of tennis in those days.

During X'raas week

1893

Perak played us on

our own

grounds, when Dougal was skipper, but we were badly beaten by

an innings and 38 runs.

For the

visitors

Fox made

64,

Hughes

38, Stephens 31, Freddy Talbot 30, but

his

brother H. L. did not

come

off,

much

to the

disappointment

of the spectators

who

exfiected

a sort of Jessop day at " Lords".

For Perak, Fox, Mackenzie,


well.

Hughes, and Freddy Talbot bowled

Two

years previously
finish

we we

pbiyed Singapore on their grounds and after a most exciting

won by the narrowest margin of one run.


to

fjater

Singapore came

Kuala Lumpur and we asserted ourselves and won by an innings E. W. Neubronner made 84 not out, and and 62 runs.
B.
J.

Perera

47 and most others got

into

double

figures

wicket. J. Glassford took 10 wickets for 47 runs on a very good

52

Selangor played Perak at Taiping in 1894, during Easter,


but the

The Perak bowling was very good by Fox and McKenzie, but our fast bowler OhristofEelsz did not come

game was

a draw.

off.

Clera Glassford, E.
into

W.
of

Neubronner, Paxon, and Perera got


for

well

double figures,

Swettenham and Birch both played

Perak.

Towards the end

1895 our cricket club colours arrived,

dark blue ground with narrow red and yellow stripes, about an
inch and a half apart.
particularly with

For practice we had

interdistrict matches,

Klang. where a good many planters were keen

on the game.

Again we played Singapore but they beat us


only by the narrow margin of about

this time,
in

though

25 runs, and

the second

innings only

For

our hosts

J.

Orman made

56,

and

for

us

Neubronner (who

was playing very well)

41 and Dougal 50.


for Selangor.

Theodore Hnbback and Mactaggart bowled well


In the latter half of 1896 A. B.

Hubback (" Trilby ") who

had been playing good cricket made


In the next matcli
Glassford,

his first century.

Selangor versus Perak at Taiping Clem


us,
tlie

Whitley, and A. B. Hubback scored well for

while

Ingall ("

Daddy

"), Oliver

Marks, and A, B. Vonles did

same

for our opponents.

At Chinese New Year 1897 Singapore played


In the
first

us and lost by 85 runs.

innings they made only 38


with 79,
of

runs

and we were not much

better

which

Clem

Glassford put up 40.

In
J.

the

second

innings

in

this

match

Neubronner

and

G. Glassford put

up good scores, and the latter also bowled

well with Whitley.


well.

For our opponents Davis and Read bowled


in

The old photographs

"

The Dog "

of the different
will

teams

are most interesting, and

it is

hoped that they

be carefully
so quickly,

preserved in a climate where everything deteriorates

more
of

especially

money,
pitch

in

more ways than one.

Towards the end


of

1897 our new


" padang ",

100 yards square, nearer the church end


it

the

was made through subscriptions, and


hit

was

blessing not

to be

on

all parts* of

the body by the ball after-

wards.

53
Golf.

The links on

the Petaling Hills were rented


slightly improved.

and those

at the

Lake Club had been

small

pavillinn
off

and

shed for horses was put at the former, not very far

from the

newly built incinerator.


links

The

first

competition on the Petaling


J.

was

lield in

August 1893 and was won by

G. Glassford,

the other competitors being C. Meikle, Welch, Dongal, Sanderson,

and Berrington our Senior Magistrate.

Tiiere were
1,

no scratch
Berrington's

men
3,

at tiie

time but J. G. Glassfords handicap was


Meikle's
8.

and

C.

Mr.

W. Hood

Treaciier,

our

British

Resident, and. A. T. Berrington did a great deal for


it

tiie tlie

club
royal

when
and

was

first

opened, giving prizes and encouraging

ancient game. a handsome

At

the

first

prize

meeting the Capitan China gave

tropiiy

for

the

approach and putting competition.


tlie

Our
of

first

matcii on these links was against Singapore in

middle

1896

on

the

Petaling

course.

Our
of

guests brought

up

Robertson,

Adamson and

Capt, Ainslie

the Northntnberland
felt

Fusiliers (the fighting 5th.)

We

only just held our own, but

that we had wiped off the

ignominious defeat of the previous

X'mas

in

Singapore in a very mild way.

The

pre.sent golf
to be a

links

are on the far side of Circular road

which used

well-known
that
it

snipe shooting ground, and the club has

so flourished

can

now

afford to have a paid Secretary.

54

CHAPTER

X.

In the districts of Klang and Kajang, and Kuala and

Ulu

Selangor the
the

officers in

charge gare every help and inducement for


lands.

alienation

of

state

For some years the rents on


five

agricultural

lands

were twenty

cents an

acre,

and

tracts

of

"lallang" covered land were offered at no quit rent for a

certain

number
five

of years.

Town
lot,

lands

were given out at dollars

twenty
per

per building

plus the

nominal quit rent of one dollar


straight

annum.

Lands were granted

away by Penghulus (Native


less

headmen), when the areas applied were


lot,

than ten acres in

one

and even above

this area the

Land

Officer,

who was often also


officials
still

the District Officer, invariably approved.

Some

holding

these important positions in those days are happily


the persons of Messrs. 0. F, Stonor,

with us in

C. N. Maxwell and E.

A.

Dickson.

The

first

named

is

Resident of the State and the other


since

two are only a step behind,


appointments to go round.

there

are

insufficient

staff

Indian Civil Servants draw

the

same

pensions irrespective of their salaries to compensate them for bad


luck

when

actually

in

harness

and
of the

it

used

to

be

pounds one
of brick

thousand yearly.
pillars,

Shop houses

second

class,, built

but with plank walls and


;

tile roofs,

cost
years,

under dollars one


in fact

thousand each
of a
fifty

and were good

for

many

we know

few that are standing yet.


brick and
tile

Between 1896 and 1897 about


were erected
in

roof shop houses

both Kajang
busi-

and Klang townships, owing


ness generally

chiefly to

the impetus given to


that

by the coffee

estates

had and were being

opened up.

Firms.
Both the engineering
fiinis of

Riley Hargreaves

&

Co. and

Howarth Erskine

&

Co. had their foundries in Kuala Lumpur,

but in recent years were amalgamated with the United Engineers.

They

bnilt both the

Market Street and High Street bridges, which

stand today as samples of their excellent work.


in the lucrative

They

also indulged

pastime

of

coach building then.

C. E. P. Sanderson, who was a prominent and useful


of the then small

member

community, was Manager

for Riley

Hargreaves

55

&

Co., while G. Shepherd held the same position with

Howarth
and
also

Erskine.

Both these firms sold cushion

tyre

push

bicjcles,

pneumatic tyres as soon as they came


advertised
in

to the far east.


first

They

electric light

plant,

but the

exhibition

was given

Sanderson's bungalow in
of the

High
is

Street,

when the dynamo used

was

Gram

pattern.'

It

worthy of note that the gambling


order for electric light as

farmer was the


soon as
it

first

person to book an

could be installed.
be

A.

Richardson

will

remembered
Foster

as

also

with
for

Riley

Hargreaves
Erskine
for

&
the

Co.,

while

C.

was Agent

Howarth
contracts.

Waterworks and Pahang trunk road

A. C. Harper

&

Co. were

Agents

for

the

Straits

Steamship

Company, but Russell Grey did not


a

join

the firm

till later,

when
from
road
in the
it

few

years

after

the

popular

Archie

Harper

retired

business.

Nicholas and Walsh were

large

building

and

contractors.

The former has


latter

his son as Assistant

Engineer

P.

W.

D.

but the

retired

from

this

country owing

is

believed to ill-health.

Messrs. Chow Kit & Co. opened a general retail store and Khoo Keng Hooi left the Postal Department to manage the business
after but a few years
in

and

is

now a

partner.

The firm was housed


is

Loke

Yew

Buildings for

many

years but

now

across the

brido-e.

They have wholesale houses here and


it is

in

Singapore and

Penang, and

rumoured that these did

well.

The

original

partners we think were the following Chinese, Loke Chow Kit, Low Cheng Koon, Fong Gaik Seng, and Teok Seow Teng. The

second and third were joint

managers,

and Chow Kit

& &

Co.

absorbed the

retail firm of

Cheong Lee & Co.


of

The

firm were sole

Agents

for the Daily Advertiser

Singapore.
of

Maynard

Co.

Chemists, for
years, were

whom David Graham now


".

Ipoh worked

for

many

bought out by D. MacCreath and the place was known

as "

The Dispensary

Chop Ban Joo


known
firm
dealers in

of

Market

Street
etc.,

were
it is

probably
believed

the best
that

oilman stores

and

the

still

stands in the capital.

56

.)

Ang Seng
tlie

was our biggest building contractor,

and besides

public offices he built the railway carriage shops at the Central


at Sentul, just outside

Workshops
shops

Kuala Luni[iur.

These carriage

have

proved

great success under Mr. G. C.

Forbes

the Locomotive Superintendent, who had as his able Lieutenant

A. 0. Ferdinands who retired

last

year on reaching the age

limit

and has

retired at a

South Indian Hill Station.


also contractors for

Maynard Brothers were


department
in of public works.

the

railway

and

Sam Kee made

the best gin

slings

Kuala Lumpur and

his public

house was a great meeting place

for old iind young.

good deal

of business

" was done there among " sowdagers


prospered.
his place

(merchants^ and

his celestial world

Sam Kee greatly Guan Hong took

When

he

left

for

and took a good many


,

of the previous publicans tips.

The drinks were good and


the

sheafs

of chit

paper hung over

counter

for

those

wanting

to sign

their

names instead

of

paying cash.

We
Co.,
as

had no good photographer here then, although


with

we

are

flooded

Japanese
to

and

Chinese

ones

now,

but

Lan\bert
occasions

&

used

send

up a representative
All
the

for

suitable

such

weddings

etc.

big

Singa])ore

and

Penang

firms used to seud their travellers round for orders well

among
Law,
Oo.i

them being such


Barr and others.
of Singapore

known names
first

as

Dando, Fox,

Betts.

The

named represented Robinson


Perak.

&

for

many

years and went west


in

ouly the other day

when on a

visit to

Taipeng

Straits

Trading Co.,
its

The

Straits
in the

Trading Co., had

head

office

in

the capital

and agents

mining

districts

such as Sungei Besi,

Rawang;

Serendah and Kuala Kubu, Messrs. F. G. West, E. M. Alexander.


G. H. D. Bourne and
the
other,

W. W. Cook
not
a

were Managers at one time or


in

and M.

A. Hawes was

one of

tlie
till

outstations.

Mr.
but

W.
he

F. Nutt did

come

to

Selangor

much

later,

has been
only

out

good few years and has just


This prosperous

retired,

perhaps

temporarily.

Company even

in

(
these old days was

57

making

a yearly profit
alone.

of about
It

dollars

three

hundred thousand for

Selangor

practically

held the

monopoly

for

tin

ore as a

big American

Company was turned


competition

down by

Sir

Frank Swettenliam, and

the only other

in recent years

was from the Eastern Smelting Company.

Fire BrigadeThe brigade was


Companies but
them.
it

justly

known

as

the friend of Insurance


help
to
its

received practically no

funds from

Captain H. F. Bellamy was virtually the

life

and soul

of the brigade

and devoted much time


liis

to its welfare

and advanceand

ment.
after

He

had as

able

Lieutenant H. H.

Hnttenbatch,
their

him Disbrowe who were both intensely keen on


of putting out fires.

special

work

The firemen
after

at the

tinae

were

Charter,

who

in

later

years

much

self

sacrifice

became

Chief

Officer,

and

Cormac

Buchanan, Cowell, Paterson, Ring, Johns, Jansz, J. Askey and


Herft

among

others.

In

1893 the new

fire

brigade
a

station

in

Ampang

Street was erected and opened with

smoking

concert,

but the building was not exactly a triumpli of arcliitecture.

The

front of the building

was pleasing to the


The force consisted of

eye,
five

but the
officers

back was one vast blank wall.

and about twentyfive firemen and others, with one Merryweather

Steam

fire

engine capable of di.scliarging three hundred and sixty

gallons.

The brigade ranked very high among others


Colonies judging from a letter
received
at

in

the

Crown
Captain

the

time by

Bellamy from Messrs. Merryweather

&

Sons.

In 1894 the Chief Officer of the brigade (Captain

Bellamy)

went

to the Brussels

fire

brigade fete to see what he could learn

The bridage attended church parades The and held Christmas dinners which were largely attended.
for the benefit of Selangor.

force

was known

as

the ' Bellamy Boys,"

and
is

their

periodical

competitions as
officer in

fire festivals.

Today there
but the

paid
still

whole time
join

charge

of the brigade,

firemen

volun-

tarily

and expose themselves

to

danger and much

inconvenience,

58

merely to help the public and incidentally Insurance Companies.

In 1894 Inspector

Wood who

had over ten years service was

presented with the long service medal which Chief Officer Charter
also

holds.

Herft also

holds the

long service medal from the

brigade for long and usef nl services.

Selangor Pack.
This pack hunted
Dr.
fairly

regularly and

owed

its

existence to

E.

A. 0. Travers and Capt. Syers, both very keen sports-

men.

Deer and pig were often bagged and invariably a very


in,

enjoyable few hours were put

but somehow owing

to

lack of

support

and enthusiasm from others the pack dwindled down.


and Chong Seng, who
siiot,

J. Meikle and Oldfield often also hunted,

was

in

charge of the dogs,

was a very useful

and had a

good few deer and pig


In 1895

to his credit at hunts.

Leacli re-established the

pack with the


later

lielp

of

some

of Dr. Travers'

and Captain Syers' dogs, but

as

many

as twenty four died

from various causes.


master of the Selangor

The
and

real

first

Hunt was W. Leach

to celebrate the event a dinner

party was given to which even

budding sportsmen were


Later
Captain

invited.

Syers became master,

but he

resigned and

Dr. Travers never could be induced to become master, though he


really

formed the pack with Syers.

In recent years
Police) kept a

W.

Willie

Douglas

(late

Commissioner

of

very fine pack of thorough and crossbred


late C.

hounds,

which he hunted regularly with the

E. Donaldson, William

Hay,

Frank

Mills

("Mabel") who

distinguised himself in the

Great War, and others.

On

one occasion during


tiger

these

hunts by the

cliffs

at

New

Ahmerst a

was

bagged by

William

Hay.

Tigers and

panthers during these hunts killed a good few of Willes Douglas's


dogs, and ever

seemed
It
is

very rarely met.

to be prowling about though they were hoped that a shoot can be arranged for

Prince of Wales in Marcii towards the Batu Caves, as tigers prowl about there daily.

59

CHAPTEK

XT.

Tin Mining.
Tin Mining was going on gaily
in Siingei Besi,

which

in

1895

was said to have


were busy
in

a population of over

twenty thousand.

Prospectors

in different parts

and among them C. C.


also

Thompson was
at

the

Kuala Kubu

district,

Dnnraan

and Bamforth,
at

Kalumpang.
and
his

A. ("Abang") Braddon

was mining

Eawang
did

mine suffered heavily through


,

floods, at

Towkay San Ah Wing


Serendah
as

and J. C. Pasqual opened a big mine


extremely well for a good while.

which

At Rawang,
a

much

as half

an onnce of gold was found to


being

picul

of tin ore,
it

some nuggets

almost half an inch long, but most of

was gold dust. The

export revenue on tin ore was at this period about a million dollars
a year, hence the

rapid development of

the country in roads and

buildings.

It

was rumoured that many years ago a fanatic Chinese

passed a skewer through his cheeks and prophesied in his frenzy


that

Kuala Lumpur would be


received
to in this

mining town

of importance.

The

people

news with great rejoicings and made an


Chinese, which they often subsequently
in

image
carried
for

the prophetic

procession

and deposited

a special temple erected


identical

the

purpose.
in the

Something

almost

occurred

at

Semenyih

Kajang

district

and was similarly perpetuated.

Goh Ah Ngee
an acre
this
in

struck a very rich patch at

Rawang

of only

about
of

area,-but he

made

dollars
to

two hundred thousand out

pocket.

He

was a convert
at this

Christianity, which religion

received a

marked impetus

time

among

the heathen Chinese,

but no similar luck was recorded.


built

Of course Goh
at

Ah Ngee
luck.

partly

the

Roman

Catholic

Church

Kajang and gave the ground


and future
Across

without very
the border in

much

persuasion

for past

Negri Sembilan at Balau his kongsee ("Kong Ngee

Sang") had large mines which proved exceedingly profitable and he made money but was generous with it. Towkay Loke -Yew of conrse
was
fast

becoming a

rich

man and had mines

in

every

district

carried on. He r.ried the unique in the State where mining was wages of dollars ten experiment of Javanese "lampan" workers on

per

mensem

for seven

working days a week; but the work was too hard

60

and monotonous even


out,

for

Javanese,

and they gradually dropped

Easa was

also

forging ahead, but not so fast as Sungei Besi,


there was a strong

Rawang, or Serendah, and


perty in these villages.

demand

for

town pro-

very

fine large tin crystal

specimen from

Sungei Besi was at that time obtained by the Straits Trading Co.,

and was considered good enongh

for presentation to the

Museum.
time in

Tbe Capitm China (Yap Kwan Seng) had


his possession

at

that

half

ton

boulder of tin ore whicli he afterwards

presented

to
as
it

Governor

Mitchell,

who gave
a curio for

it

to the

Singapore

Museum,

was too cumbersome

Government house.
so

There were no European Companies operating


State,

early

in

the

and even individuals generally sub-let

tlieir

lands on tribute

to Chinese

who did

tiie

actual
sliaft

supervisoii;

and entirely Chinese


at all

labour was employed.


all

No

mining was then done

and

the mines were

open cast with pumps operating to get rid of


the heavens.

the water that F. J. B.


transferred
planting.
of
life

came from below and from


Dykes became Warden
Perak,

of

Mines
he

ixi

1897 being
been
coffee

from

where

previously

had

He

rose to be Senior
to

Warden
health.

but retired in the prime

owing

continual

ill

Afterwards

he

became

Deputy agent
of his

for the F.

M.

S. in

London, but to the great regret

many

friends he joined

the great majority a short time ago.

He
in

shared with Ceorge

Cumming, Western

Walsh, and
as the

Hemmy

the fine house facing the race course, and

known

"Shabeen"

Kuala Lumpur, noted

for

unbounded hospitality and inspired


his

"jamborees".
at

George Cumming was mining on


did very well for himself,
at

own account
later years

Rawang and

but in

he

had very bad luck, especially


fortune.
soul,

Salak

South where he

lost a

He

was a general favourite and a very kind hearted


stile,

always out to give a lame dog a hand over a


early to our great sorrow, as he died in

but we lost

him

Singapore only a few

His brother Malcolm Cumming was the prominent Negri planter of, Sembilan closely connected with tbe big Linggi Plantations Co., who went home a few years ago and has not
years ago

returned

alas.

He

was at one time chairman of the Planters

Association of Malaya.

Exposure on

Y.M.CA. work

in
i

France

was the cause of his death.

( Lee

61

Mun Pun was Manager


He
but we

of the "

Blondin" Mine

at

Sungei

Besi and afterwards of the

Sang Choy Mine belonging


has been Manager of Chan

to

Towkay

Cheong Yok Choy.


foundry for
years,

Sow Lin's

think he siionld have studied for the

legal profession.

Warship
Port

Visitors

Swettenham

was

not

named

in

those

days but was


is

known

as

Sungei [)ua and Kuahi Klang.


Quest

It

was and

undoubt-

edly one of the

harbourMn
in

the

peninsula,

though perhaps
belongs
to

not

better

than

Lumut
at

fne

Dindings,

which
as nine

the Straits Settlements.


vessels

Even
Sungei

tlien as

many
at

ocean going
occasionally.

were
S.

seen

Dna
Field,
first

time
S.

H. M.

"Egeria", Captain

and H. M.
to
visit

"Pigmy",
the
early

Captain Phillips were about the


nineties at all

us,

in

events.

Officers

and men

of

both warships

came

to

Kuala Lumpur and were suitabaly

entertained.

The former proved

tiie

capabilities of the harbour for receiving

ocean going steamers at the site of the then


her survey operations.
K. c. B,

proposed

wharves by

Admiral the Hon. Sir Edward Freemantle


" Severn "

and Lady Feeemantle arrived on the "Alacrity", with


c. b.

Capt. Henderson

accompanied by H. M.
British Resident

S.

and

were received by the

with the usual

formalities.

As

this

was our

first visit

from

a British

Admiral the celebrations


dinners, and

were on a fairly
dances

large scale, the usual

" at homes ",

taking place;

but the lower deck

were not

forgotten

and

had a good time


honoured us with a
night in Kuala

too.

H. M.

S.

"Porpoise", Capt. Pelly, next


jackets

brief visit,

when some blue

spent

the

Lumpur

as a change, whicii they

mnch

appreciated^.

After this we welcomed H. M. S. "Mercury", Capt. Fawkes, and


the officers as a compliment for the hospitality

shown them gave

cup for
visits

one

of

the

races in

a forthcoming gymkhana.
too short,

These and too

from our

sailor

friends were to our ideas

few and

far between.

H. M.
on,

S, " Alacrity " visited

us

second

lime

but

much

later

when

Vice Admiral

Sir

Alexander

Buller K.o. B. and

Lady

Buller honoured us with their presence in

(
the capital of the State.
If

62

)
recollect

we are not wrong, we


c. b. of

the

gallant Capitan Bnller m. v.o.


us, in

H. M.

S.

"Malaj-a"

telling

one of the many neat speeches he made when he

visited

us
of as

last year, that his father

had
for

visited our

shores

before.

Some
came

these fine ships


cases
of

came only
liad

survey purposes, but others

piracy

occurred

on

our

coast line,

when Chinese
free

attacked opium and gambling farms and got away scot


purloining a small " tongkang "
for

after

their

cargo.

Our Harbour
who went west
for

Master then was a genial old


a

satt,

Capt. Walters
jBttarbour

good many years ago.

Our

Master now

some
in

twelve years has been

Commander
since

Mills, r.n. i.s.c, but he

was

Perak

in the

same capacity

u892 and

is

getting on to the

good age

of sixty seven.

He
was

brought H.M.S. " Malaya " into Port


safe for her
to coiue

Swettenham, as
depth, and

far as it

with her great


safely
in

now he hopes
the Prince
in

to bring
of

H.M.S. " Renown "

with

H.R.H.

Wales, after which he

retires.

He
who

retired

from the Navy

1891 but was made Commander


in

in 1895,

and
is

will leave his

name behind here


Civil Service.

the person

of his

son

in the

Malayan

Big
Selangor

Game
many

Shootingas

was

sportingly

known
visitors

the

playground

of

Singapore on account of the


cricket, football,

we had from there for

lawn tennis, and shooting.


were

The Malayan bison


and on our
in

called "

Seladang "

found

in

the

hinterland
It is

borders with Pahang, and the Negri Sembilan.


inferior to the Indian bison as

no way

one of our large bulls stand over

sixteen hands and with

veryhigh withers.

The greatest
first

shikari of

this time in these native states

was Capt. Syers who

formed the
It
is

'Belangor Police Force and was afterwards


said that he

Commissioner.

shot as

many
met
July

as fifteen " seladang " in


his deatli

Selangor and
beast
in

Pahang and
Temerloh

eventually
in

by

wounded
for

the

district

1897,

when out
in

big

game
circle
fifteen

with
it is

Robert Meikle.
believed)
friends.

He

was buried
his

Pahang (Kuala Lipis

mourned by

family^ and a very large

of old

The bison
it

that gored SyerS took altogether

shots

before

died,

the last few shots being fired by

Meikle when the

63

other gallant sportsman


severe injuries.

could not hold a gun


of this

owing

to his very

The mounted head

" seladang " to-day adorns

the walls of the Selangor Club.


seventies from the

Syers came to this State in the


for his

British

Army and

meritorious services

was

made

Captain

Superintendent by
'

the Governor.
trip

Robert

Meikle

shot two
district.

bull

seladang " during one

in the

Ulu

Selangor
for

Dr. Travers

we
is

believe

was

also

responsible

more than

one,

and the same

the case with William Hay,

both of

whom

are

still in

Kuala Lumpur.

William Hay

is

undoubtedly today our

finest big

game hunter

and apart from Seladang has shot over forty elephants and has
seventeen tigers to his credit, some of the latter being
It is believed that the

man

eaters.

Government,
holdings

rubber

and coconut planters


to

and owners

of native

invariably appeal

him

to shoot

rogue elephants and others doing damage to valuable property.

Up

to the

present

he has not given us the pleasure of reading a


experiences
at
in

book of

his personal shooting


it is

Malaya during the


will

past thirty years, but


so.

hoped that

no distant date he

do

He

has

had many narrow escapes from elephants, though

not from tigers,

and

it

would be unkind

of

him

to withhold such
to

interesting matter from us.

He

seldom or never can be got


been
in

speak of his
to
relate

many
a

experiences but laughingly he has


wild boar at

known
the air

how

Kajang once tossed him

gashing him slightly.

His young son

of nineteen has followed in the father's footsteps to his credit last

and had two elephants


big
in

year.

Anotlier

excellent

game

shot

is

Chief Inspector Taylor of the F.M.S. Police now

Kuala Lumpur.
Tigers carried
a

off

good few Malays and Chinese,


it difficult

in

dry

weather especially when


of deer

they found

to scent

the

tracks
their

and

pig.

Between Batu, Rawang and Serendah were

favourite haunts, but at

Sepang they

killed about

thirty five

men,

mostly tappers on Ciiee

Woh

Estate.
five

The Government reward


to

was raised from dollars twenty

dollars fifty

but

it

was

64

found quite inadequate to trap or shoot


so daring

man
of

eaters,

as they

were

that they carried off another oooly


the

while you beguiled

your time up a tree over

corpse

the

previous

victim.

Our

villages then were

surrounded by virgin jungle and a good

deal of jungle produce was worked by both

Malays and Chinese.

There

is

no doubt that the


less

first

time a tiger kills a

man
so

it

is

more

or

of an

accident owing to coming


learns

on
that

him suddenly
it

unawares.

After that he

by

instinct

is

much

easier to kill

man, who unfortunately the

tiger did

not previously

know was

edible.

Lord Cairns come over here


hunt, he went
his

for an elephant

and

-'seladang"

out

with

Capt. Syers and was


;

very pleased with

bag for the whole

trip

though the

fine

sketch of a charging
this.

elephant in the

Dusun Tua

Visitors book hardly corroborates

Almost

all

the visitors to Selangor for

big

game shooting were

taken into our forest by Oapi. Syers a very fine sportsman in every
sense of the word.

65

CHAPTER
Coasting
River
traffic

XII.

Steamers.
in the early

was of necessity much greater

days

owing

to

want of roads, and the

Gnvernment launch
carried

"

Abdnl

Samad

"

(named

after the Sultan)

mails and passengers


to look in at

from Kuala Selangor and Kuala Langat and used

Pulau Ketam and Kapar,


very
old,

if

necessary.

This

little

launch was

another

was

built

by

Riley

Hargreaves
It

&

Co.

of

Singapore and giren the same name.


arose from

also ran as

necessity

Klang

to

the Kuala.

We

remember

the' following calling


at

boats

as

running

between

Singapore and

Klang,

Malacca, Port Dickson, and Telok Anson en route,

The " Sappho," " Chow Phya," " Hye Leong,"


"

'

Amherst,"
also

Ban Watt Hin," "Malacca,"


Teutonia."

" Billiton "

and "Pegu."

between Penang and Klang the " Tavoy,"

" Hanoi,"
last

" Gympie,"
were

and
'J

The ngents
enlarged

for

the

named
"

H.
of

Huttenbach

&

Co., the

Huttenbach Lazarus

&

Co.

the present day.


.(also by Riley

After some years the launch

Enid " was


and named

built

Hargreaves

&

Co, of Singapore),

after

Miss Treacher, daughter of the Resident,

Samad "

Oapt. Wahl

of the S.S. "

Abdul Sappho " was a very popular

to replace the "

skipper and then had already been sailing in the Straits of Malacca
for about

twenty years.

In those days

all

coasting
in

vessels,

whether big or small, carried guns as well as arms


attack by pirates
(Jhinese.

case of

who were

often

foreign Malays, and also often


i

The Government Steam Yacht he "Esmeralda" was


officials

used by

between Kuala Klang,


service

Singajiore

and

Penang.
after

She did yeoman

but was sold

some years ago

the

" Seabelle," had been built for the use of the Governor, Resident-

General and

other notabilities.

Each

trip

by this boat, even in


figures,

those cheap days,


salaries etc.,

used to run the State into four

besides

and

in these days of easy

communication and our slender


with,

finances luxuries ought to be done


in

away

even by the biggest

the land.

Saloon carriages on mail trains from


vice

Singapore to
comfortably

Penaag and

versa can

run the highest

officials

66
also

without hurling (heir dignity,

the ittilway has

been

well

extended into Pahang.

The Church.
Tiie Protestant
for

Church

(St. Mary's) was put

up

in

the eighties
cost

about a ihonsand dollars.

The present brick building

dollars ten thousand half of which

was donated by the Government


Tiie Straits

and the other

half by public subscription.

Trading Co.

generously gave dollars one thousand


dollars
five

the

Straits

Steamship Co.
Seng,

hundred and the Capitnn China

Tap Kwan
his

dollars one thousand although not a Christian;

but perhaps with

an

inclination

in

that direction.

Whether
is

generous
of

gift

ought to have been accepted or otherwise

a matter P.

opinion.

The harmonium was given by Mrs.


extremely
generous
with

J.

Rodger who was

her

money

as

was her husband, our

esteemed Resident.

The foundation stone was


present Resident
finished
of

laid

by Bishop Hose (father of the


in

Negri Sembilan)

February 1894, and When


l)y

the building
Pelhara.

was also consecrated

him,

assisted

by

Archdeacon

The

architect
St.

was Norman and the conjiresented


first

tractor Nicholas.

Mr. and Mrs.


the church

Leger Parsons

the

carved wood pulpit desk and brass altar desk.


tablet

The

brass

erected
of the

in

by public subscription was to the


(a son
of

memory

Hon. Martin Lister

Lord Ribblesdale)

British Resident of Negri Sembilan.

Last year for some unknown


were in a deplorable condition,
of

reason the finances of the Church


in

spite of

the fact that the

Membership

the Selangor

Club

(almost next door to the church) was someching like two thousand

and the majority there are Protestants.

One

can but

draw ones
first

own

inference from this fact.


of the

The Reverend. Frank Haines was


in its

Chaplain

new church and worked very hard

interests,

apart from the fact that part of his


as

time was devoted to education

Inspector of Schools for the State.

Mrs. Haines helped


Padre.

her

husband greatly on the

social side of his duties as

The Roman Catholic Church on Bukit Nanas Road, then had


already been built some years and the

Reverend Cliarles Letessier

(
was parish
priftst.

67.)
in

He

gave sermons

Chinese im-

tlie

benefit

of his celestial

flock.

His house
lost,

in

the Churcli

compound was
saved his

burnt

down and he

a fine

library,

bnt somehow
or
less,

furniture.^

About twelve

years ago,

more

the

old

church

was bnrnt down, and the present one erected by pnblic subscription,
fetes,

bazaars, lotteries and

so

forth,

all

for

the good

cause,

Mr. H. N. Ferrers, the well known lawyer, presented the beautiful marble altar and fittings for the new church, which
site
is

erected on the

of the old one.

At Semenyih Goh Ah Ngee had


estat;e

erected a

chapel on his coffee and coconut

of

about hundred acres

which was open for


officiating generally.

worship

to the public, the [iriest

from Kajang

The
Kensett
in

first

Methodist Episcopal
at the

Church was

built

by

Dr.

1899

junction of Malacca Street with

Ampang W.
E.

Road, when besides the founder the padres were the Reverends H.
B. Mansell,

W.

T. Maxwell,
is still

and

last
us.

but by no means least

Horley who happily

among

This

last

named

indefati-

gable missionary was instrumental in building the fine new clmrch

on the beautiful
in

site

on a

hill is

facing Sultan Street and

Pudu Road
of the

Kuala Lumpur.

He
in the

now

District

Superintendent

very large mission

F. M. S.
belief.

and

is is

everybody's friend, no
a

matter

what

his

religious

He

great

advocate

of

teetotalism.

The foundation stone


Brickfields

of the Singhalese

Buddhist Temple

in

was

laid

by Mrs. C.
towards
tlie

E.

Spooner, wife of the


It

State

Engineer,

Selangor,

end of 1894.

would thus
at assisting

appear that

Christians evidently

have no objection
slirines,
tlie

prominently at the erection of heathen

nor on the contrary

do

Buddhists object to Christians laying

foundation stones of
in
tlie

their temples.

Even

Cliristiaiis

among

tliemselves

various

denominations would we imagine not be so broad

miiided

and

practical, but the Singhalese Buddhists are not so bigoted.

Mr.
the

Gunesekara was President


building was opened in
rites.

of

the

Temple Oimmittee
witli
full

and

the following year

ceremonial

(.

68

>

Education.
The Victoria
1894
as a

Institution in Higli Street, was erected in

1893-

memorial to commemorate

the dianiond jubilee of


half

Queen
the

Victoria.

The Government put up

the

money* and

Capitan China
Messrs.

(Yap Kwan Seng)


Pillay

Towkay

Loke

Yew,

and
public

Thambusamy

and Dorasaray Pillay, and the

subscribed generously,

Mr. W. Hood Treacher, the Resident, who


stone also opened the bnildings the
scholarship,

laid the

foundation

following year and donated a

bearing his name.

The buildings were designed by

A. C. Norman, the Arcliitect


capital of the State,

tor so

many

other buildings in

the

and Nicholas the well known contractor built


were
the
;

them.

The

first

trustees

Raja Muda,
also

Dr.

Travers,

Messrs. Venning, Hiiines, and

West

Towkays Ong Chi Lin


A. (Oxon), came
is

and Koh
direct

Mak

Lek.

Mr. Bennett E. Shaw M.


first
;

from home as

Headmaster, and he
is

in

the

same

position there to-day

but

retiring this year.


in

He

has turned

out

many

useful

public

men

almost every profession, and has


with most
of their efficient

supplied

the

Government
It
is

Service

subordinates.
old
pupils,

to

be hoped that the Government, the School,


present
pupils and the general public
will

parents of

see that

Mr. Shaw receives a suitable gratuity, the interest on


keep iiim comfortably for the rest of his days.
stood by the school so
firmly

which

will

He

deserves well for having

when he

could probably easily have bettered himself elsewhere.

W. M.

Pliillips, a

brother of the Principal of

Raffles

School

and afterwards Inspector of Schools Perak (since


of the first Assistant

retired),

was one

Masters and known to his intimates as " Proff,"


Ceylon,

G. H. Heppoustall joined the school with experience from

but died after a good few years of service to our biggest school.
the
first

At
of

prize distribution in

December 1894 the


fifty

total

number
it

scholars
into

was only one hundred and


on four
figures.

whereas to-day

runs

close

The

.).

introduoed for the best boy in the school,

P.Rodger Gold Medal was and the Hood Treacher


established for

Steve Harper, and

Nugent Walsh Scholarships

69

poorer boys.

The
go as

school only taught up to the sixth standard, but


far as the Senior

to-day

tliey

Cambridge, which a good few

scholars have passed in

the past.
till

The Methodist Boys School


in

however was

not

opened

1902 opposite the church

the

old market, next

year removed to a shop house in splendid


present

Sultan Street
in

and the following year the


Petaling Hills was completed.

building

the

The Principals
J.

of the school

have

been R. T.

McCoy, Keverends B.
is

Baughman, P. L. Peach, and

W.

G. Parker who

there to-day.

The

pupils there
visited
after

now number
Selangor, but

nearly eight hundred.

Mr. Horley
in

often

came here permanently

1901 from Ipoh


there.

building

the

chwch and
and schools

the
is

Anglo Chinese School

Building churches
latter

a perfect habit with him,

and he has the


states.

now
will
is

in practically every rising centre in these large

What
in

the mission do without him, and what

will he feel when he to

forced

through
of

advancing years

to

retire

his

home

the

United States

America

But we

trust that the parting will be

long deferred from his


pergonal friend.

thousands of pupils, each of

whom

is

his

The Christians Brothers did not have


till

St.

John's Institution

about

1899

in the fine building

on

Bukit Nanas, principally


This and
all

for

boys of the
for the
in.

Eoman
It seems

Catholic faith.
full

the other

schools

matter of that are so

up now that many boys

cannot get
self

very hard lines to want to educate one's

and

to
is

be unable to do so.
too well

The work
to

of

the

Christian

Brothers

known and appreciated


are a strong

be dilated on here.
it is

Languages

of course

arm with them, but then

hardly needed for the boys that enter here, except in the very

elementary stage.

The Convent was


on the
site of

established

much

earlier

than the nineties


Office,

the present

Government Printing
Cathlic Church

and ad-

joining the

Chinese

Roman

in Brickfields

Road.

The Lady who had been with


its

Superior then was the Reverend Mother St. Augustine


this great institution of

help and succour since


a brief

very earliest days.


all

She died
all

in

Penang during
;

change
life

mourned by

her children

over Malaya

thus closing a

(
of deTotedness to a great cause.
in this

70

Madam

St.

Rose has been longer

convent than perhaps any one of the other nuns, and she
duties

still

carries on her

with activity.
in

The

first

Government

Girls School

was started

the Masonic

Lodge

in

Damansara
was the

Eoad, when Miss Stratton

was in charge, but

was transferred in
It

1896

to a

new building near Karapong Attap Koad.


present Methodist
Girls School

nucleus of the

and was handed


in
to,

over by the Government to the American mission


school

1896.

The
to-day

buildings were greatly improved and added


for tuition,

and

accommodate four hundred pupils


for a

besides have

room

good many boarders.

In recent years a Church of England


but

Girls

School was established on the Ampaiig Road,


It

with

varying success.
footing and
scholars,
is

has however lately

been put on

a sounder

accommodated on Welds Hill where besides day


in.

few boarders are taken

It is the opinion of

some
be

people that the boys of each

class of

the

Community should

educated in

separate English School for


in its

many

reasons,

which

will appeal to each class

own

particular way.

For instance
and the

Chinese boys should be by themselves, as also

Tamils,

same with Europeans and Eurasians who could have one school
owing
is

to the very small

number

of the former.

It

is

said that this

the case in Indian

English

Schools,

at least

two good reasons


life

assigned being caste prejudice and opposite

home

influences.

71

CHAPTER
The Gymkhana Club had
course was on
a five years
lease

XIII.
been
the

already

formed and

the

from
first

Government.

Mr.

A. K. E. Hampshire was about the


office before the

Secretary and

took over

1894 Autumn Meeting.


holey and

The course
oS

in those

days

was a

bit

rough and

was fenced

wilh bamboos,

which being exposed to the weather had to be constantly renewed.

During 1892 Burraah ponies were imported from Rangoon


griffins

as

and cost about two hundred


of fourteen hands,

dollars.

They were

really cobs

on the small side


siiort for racing,

and somewhat too thick and

but they gave us excellent sport.


quite a good hack

Apart from
in

that ihe harness,

Burmah pony makes


being
fast,

and surpasses

strong,

and

stylish.

They are more often


their appea-

dapple and
rance.

fleabitten gi'eys, which

greatly added to

Later we imported Java ponies from the Dutch Indies at


fifty dollars each,
fifty dollars, at

one hundred and

and the breeder gave a prize worth

one hundred and


ten or more. a half

our

gymkhana meeting

if

we took

These

little

animals were no more than about twelve and


care.

hands and were weedy, but improved with feeding and


also

They " Wee McGregor, " "


They were
piebalds,

gave us mnch amusement and revelled


Tlie Rat, "

in

such names as

" Tiny, " and "

Tom Thumb."

skewbalds, and greys too, and soon found the


to hired gliarries.

shafts of sulkies,

and the unfortunate ones drifted


of

Finally

Mr. Abrams

Singapore

supplied

us with

Galloway
fifty
till

Griffins from Australia, about 14.2 hands at two hundred and


dollars each,
it

broken to the saddle.

The

price rose
five

gradually

stood at about tjhree iiundred and seventy


tiiis

dollars

before the

great war for

class of

animal from Australia, from where we


purposes.

have ever since imported for racing

Our

best

Amateur

Riders then were Messrs Paton, Ker, and Raymond.


that rode

The others
Oswald

were

Archie

Harper,

Baxendale,

Wellford,

Stonor, Braddon, George and Malcolm

Gumming,
wa.s

Catto, and Coen.


tip

Towkay Mak Lek's


when ridden

" Hotspur "

by Raymond

"

good

especially

Bend Or " and " Klang Gates "


ran a very fine match for
tlie

were the two best galloways, and they


their owners;

when Freddy Deniiys from Perak rode

former and

72

Raymond

the latter,

resulting in

almost

dead

heat,

Our
griffin

auctions after selling races always found bidders


easily fetched double

and a good

what he cost originally

but in these days of

motor cars and so few people riding, selling races absolutely find
no buyers.

Today

good hack can be had almost


costs almost

at

any time

for a

good home,

as a horse

as

much

to

upkeep as a Ford

Car. Towards the expiration of the five years lease from the Govern-

ment

for

the

race course,

objections' were

raised

by them

over

professionals riding at our meetings.

The Gymkhana Club was


would

wound up and
of the

the

Government

politely told that the course

not be required.
Straits

Later the present. Turf Club, under the auspices


;

Racing Association, was formed

and an arrange-

ment made with Towkay Loke


used as a race course.
not exceeding
fifty

Yew

for

the use of the ground

now

With

the

old

Gymkhana Club

only prizes

dollars could be offered for each race, but with the


is

Turf Club of course there

no limit. Capt. Fawkes, and ships


for

company H. M.
races,

S.

" Mercury " presented a cup

one

of our

but

it

had to be won by the same owner twice before becoming

his

property.

The

first

three

day

meeting,
in

under the

Straits

Racing Association
such well

rules

was held

1897,

when we remember
Phillips

known Jockeys
won

as Dalian,

Fiddes, Collins,

and

Smith

riding.

Dalian always rode for Sir Frank Swettenham for


the

whom

he

big race on Locky,


later.

also the

Governor's

Cup

at

Singapore on the same horse

In September 1896 lotteries

were held for the

first

time, this was also the first

time the pari

mutual was used on the course, but only after great opposition, the
silly

idea being that

the

gambling

spirit

was being introduced.

At

the same time nothing seemed to be thought of the daily bridge

parties for

money

at the Selangor

and Lake Clubs,

to say nothing

of the high play at poker possibly.

ihe third biggest race club in

The Selangor Turf Club is today Malaya and has two meetings yearly,
It has

with a

gymkhana thrown
P.

in.

now had
Club.

as Secretary for
qualifications

many

years Mr.

W.

Gleeson who has special


tor the

for the post,

and has done wonders

He
S.,

is

so

good

at the lotteries

and

totalizators

and

their complicated figures that


in

he

is

engaged by other turf clubs

the F.

M.

and outside

for race

week

for this purpose alone

and well

paid.

73

Planters' Associations.
T. Heslop Hill

brought the subject up


1893,
the
first

first

and very soon,


held

about

the

end

of

meeting

was

when

E. V. Carey was elected President, and Malcolm Gumming, Clem


Glassford. his brother,

H. Huttenbach, C. Meikle, Lake, Hurth,


States
estates

Melbye, Stephenson, Nissen and Porcher were elected members.


Originally a joint Straits Settlements and Native
tion

Associa-

was considered

desirable.

About twenty

planting

coffee

and pepper were represented by pioneer

planters.

The

total

area under cultivation in the State was only about one thousand and

two hundred acres, and the

total labour force did not

exceed seven

hundred

of

whom

about

five

hundred were Tamils and two hundred


the
first

Javanese and

Chinese.

H. Huttenbach was

Honorary
Gibson,

Secretary and was later succeeded by the well known


in later years of " Treraelbye " Estate, Klang
;

Tom

and

after

him again

F.

M. Porcher

tool;

over the duties.

The

well

known Tambusamy
was Towkay
were

Pillay was a

Member
and

of the Association as also

Kow

Soon Kiat.
twenty
three

The wages

for

Tamil

coolies

then

between

thirty cents,

but recruiting from India under

indenture proved so futile that


nine dollars per mensem.

Javanese

were

engaged

locally at

Today

these latter coolies are


dollars

the

most

expensive to get as they cost almost one hundred


the time they are landed on

each by

the

estate

from

Netherlands India.

The Association even


discharge
tickets
to

in those
coolies,

days discussed the simple matter of

and

it

is

worthy
;

of note

that that

same subject came up even

as late as last year


definitely.

and yet

nothing

has yet been unanimously arranged

The Government were asked

to

remove the three hundred and

twenty acre limit for coffee and rubber estates, but in recent years
the areas alienated went entirely out of
all

bounds, and

three

and

four thousand acre concessions were granted even prior to the great

boom
most

in the price of
difficult to

rubber in 1910.
fifty

The

result being that

it

was

obtain a

or hundred acre block of land anycivilisation

where within

reasonable distance of

and

close to

Government

road.

74

The

British

India Steam

Navigation

Co.,

in

Sonth

India
the

were asked to become our Agents for recruiting

etc,

and

later

Madura Company came


invaluable service.

into ihe

matter, and

they

liave

done ns

The

rules of this Association were

framed foon
it

after

there
that

were marked differences of opinion, and


they

was not

till

1896

were

actually

agreed on.

Today

we

have

thousands of

planters,

many

district associations,
little

and doubtless many rnles and

regulations,

and only

more nnity would appear to be wanted


States.

between districts and again

among

In 1896

the

Madras
to

Government removed
relief,

all restrictions

on recruiting,

much
freely.

our

and unindeulured

coolies

began to arrive more

The
printed

rules of

the

United

Planters' Association

were

finally

in

the middle of 1897,

when

'J'om

Gibson was Secretary.

It was on the representations of this Association that lawyers were

admitted to practice

in the

F.M.S.

to

safeguard interests generally.


blessing
it is

Whether they have exactly proved a


say,

for

planters

to

but we adliere

to

the

old

saying that every case could


for both
]iarties
;

be
a

settled out of court

more econonically

as

now

days even the best judges often disagree.


still

It

is

law,

more law and


to

more

law,

and how many have the money


Later

carry

tiieir

complaints as far as the Privy Conncil.

Members

of the
is

Association were the Kindersley Brothers (one of

whom

now

a Federal councillor), Rendle, Toynbee, the two Skinners, Dougal,

and Prior.

Museums.
The nucleus
of the collection
it

was begnn at Mr. Klyne's house


purpose
till

who had kindly

lent part of

for the

Taxedermist

(Samuels) arrived from


very large

the

Singapore establishment.

Then

number
the

of the

contributions
Syers,

were presented by private


Or.

persons

in

State.

Capt.

Travers,

and

Messrs.

Robson,

Von Donop,

Sanderson, and Skeat collected wliatever

they possibly could for the

Museum.

The

first

museum

proper

75

was

at

Bukit Naiias, across the road near the


is still

Eoman

Catholic

Church and the small building

standing.

Specimens were
in

beginning to be exchanged with


parts
of

similar

institutions

other

the

world

notably

the

United

States

of

America,

Australia,
Officer,

Great Britain and elsewhere.


a

W. W.

Skeat, District

presented

splendid

collection of

Malaj models among

many

other exhibits.

He

was a naturalist and author, and collaborated with Dr


of the

Aiinandale (now Curator

Calcutta

Museum) in

several volumes

concerning the aboriginees ("Sakais") of the different States of


the F.
ill

M.

S.

Skeat retired at an early age owing

to

continued

health.

Dr. Annandale spent several months out here for the


other

Liverpool or some
exhibiis

Museum
for

at

home, and took away many


tribes.

from our jungles, including skeletons of our wild


did

L.

Von Donop
else

more

the institution

individually

than

any one

at

considerable

personal inconvenience,

and

our

progress was due largely to his energy and initiative in


exhibits etc. etc.

obtaining

In later years he was Secretary


Board, and socially was a general
the age limit for the service.

to the

Kuala Lumpur Sanitary


on arriving
at

favo\irite, retiring

G. Sanderson gave a complete skeleton of an elephant that he

had shot and

it

took some shifting, even in sections.

The

Ca|)itan

China (Yap

Kwan Seng)

gave a

tin

boulder

weighing well over half a tone from one

of his mines.

Every Government Gazette

then contained the names

of

donors with the specimens they sent, and they were varied.

Leonard Wray,

I.

S. 0.

Curator of the

Perak Museum

at

Taiping, which was then

in a well

advanced

state, reported

on our

museum

in

Kuala Lumpur

at

the instance

of

the

Government.
was

He

said after exhaustive examination that the place in reality

only a curiosity shop.

WUat

was wanted was a Curator and a Taxiderarrange


the

mist (besides the

Dyaks and Malays) who could

(
exhibits
so

76

on a

scientific

basis.

Wray

said

that the

mammals were
monkeys

badly mounted that they were of no

value whatever, and truly

the tigers looked very seedy, not to say deformed, and the

looked so

stiff

that

one could not help feeling sorry for them.


the birds were
best.

He

further

said that

much

better

mounted, and

the fish

section

was the

In

1902 H. C. Robinson was


later

appointed Curator

and

six

years

was made

Director

of

Museums, F. M. S when Boden Kloss joined him


Director.
fine

as Assistant

It

is

said that a

good few duplicate specimens from


one

the

museum

in

Taiping were brought to the Federal


Since then
these

on

Damansara Road.

two

scientific

men

have

worked wonders and have made many journeys by land and sea to
procure new specimens.

The building was considerably enlarged


generally
is

and the ground made picturesque, and the work


slowing but surely progressing.
beautiful large
to

To-day the Museum contains the


S. "
S.

model

of

H. M.

Malaya," the warship presented

Great Britain, by the F. M.

and the number

of visitors

to

the

Museum

in

consequence has increased tremendously.

We
is

will

welcome our Prince

of

Wales
museum.
place

in

March and

he

sure to want to see this model in the

Lord NorthcliSe
during
his
brief

the
visit

newspaper

magnate

visited

the

and was presented with a splendid a specimen


of his visit. It
is

of a kris as

momento

wondered what we can give " The

Prince " from there.

Singapore

we understand
of

is

presenting

His Royal Highness with a number


to Malaya. It
is

wild animals indigenous


authorities, not to be
of

hoped, that the

Museum

outdone, will not conceive the


stuffed specimens.

brilliant

idea

presenting some

77
Finale'

to

The Selangor Rifle Association owed its origin in 1892 chiefly Dr.E.A.O. Travels, Capt, Syers, and the Harper Brothers; also
McGregor,

to T.J.

W.

Crompton, William Hay,

J.

Brown, and

" Billy " Ridges.

Martini-Henry Rifles were got out from home,


in

but the

first lot

were sent back as they were found to be inferior

construction and totally nnfit for match shooting.

One

of the

first

matches
at

to be fired

oS was against

team from H. M. S. " Plover "


lost

two hundred and three hundred yards, when Selangor


points.

by abont

ten

Another

of the early

matches was with British North

Borneo each

side firing on its

own range, distance one hundred and


For Borneo H. E. the
in

two hundred yards and the position standing.

Governor Mr. G. V. Creagh, (who was Assistant Resident


in the early eighties,)

Perak

and Captain Pinson made seventy


nine.

five points

each,

and Dr. Travers and Summers sixty


It

In the aggregate

Borneo won,

may
all

not be out of place in this chapter to passingly


Treacher, E.
S.
Ofiicials

mention that Messrs

W. H.
F.

W.

Birch, Scott Mason,

and C.

W.

Parr

M.

were each at some time

Governors of British North Borneo, the Chartered Company that


has
so ably been presided over for
g. c. m. g., at one time

many

years
of

now by

Sir

West

Ridgeway,

Governor

Ceylon who pays


(father of the

the country periodical visits.

Sir William

Maxwell

present Chief Secretary, F.

M.

S.) presented a challenge cup for a


it

competition at two,

five,

and seven hundred yards, but


It
in

had

to be

won twice
J,

in succession to be retained.

was eventually won by T.


the Police,

McGregor.

Crompton, who was

made
and

a very

efficient

Honorary Secretary and was a good shot


before the rubber
as the

himself.
will

He
be
at "

retired long

boom with

a pension

remembered

owner

of

" Waterfall

Rubber Estate

Rawang, which changed hands, and was


Crude Rubber Co.

later sold to the

Mexican

Crompton was married a second time and

died in the old country.

He

has two sons by his

first wife,

both of

whom
were

are

still in

Malaya.

At

the

first

shoot for the Maxwell

Challenge

Cup

Travers, McGregor,
competitors,
in

Oormac, Herft and Crompton


were not many.

among
for

the

who

McGregor
in the

was

some years

the

department of public works

78

)
at Taiping,

office

and

is

now State Treasurer


is in

and

is

brother of

Dr.

McGregor who

private practice in

Knala Lumpur.

In 1895 Capt. Lyons was President of the Association, which

had then had a membership

of

about
ai

tiiirty.

In 1896 the Singapore


five

Volunteer Artillery beat us easily


six

two hundred,

hundred, and

hundred yards ranges, when

Morrison and St. Clair


for us.

made top
this time,

scores for them, and Travers

and Brown

About
Infantry

but shortly

after,

the Singapore

Volunteer

got their

Lee-Metford

Rifles.
five

Ladies commenced practice on the Morris-tube


yards and later for a match Dr. Travers kindly
first

range at twenty

presented a handsome

prize.

Since then

wonderful strides
with success.

in rifle

shooting and have even competed with

women have made men


the

In September 1896 J.

Brown won

Championship
retired

prize for the whole meeting,

and G, Herft was second. Brown

from Government Service as Printer, and Herft from the Sanitary


Board, and they are both enjoying their pensions.

The

latter holds

the volunteer long service medal for service in Ceylon and out here.

William Hay, the famous big game hunter, at a prize meeting held
in

Taiping in 1906, when


S.

all

comers from the Straits Settlements


of forty nine, out

and F. M.

competed; made the astonishing score

of a possible fifty, at the

one thousand yards range; thereby winning

the Sultan of Perak's cup.


record,

We should

think so, as

it is

really a world's

though

it

has possibly been

made by one

or two with
tiiis

telescopic sights.

Colonel

W. Frowd Walker

was scorer on
officers

occasion.

In 1911 we sent home a contingent of two


for the coronation of

and
of

eight

men

King George V.
A, Dubois,

It consisted

Major A. B. Hubback, Capt. Redfearn Shaw, Sergt. William Hay,


Sergt.

Russell

Grey,

and

Privates

A.

B.

Cross,

E. C. Fane, A. B, Waller, Thornton

&

Stamford

Raffles.

They
in

acquitted themselves very creditably and had a rare time


old country.

the

They were under canvas

at

the

Duke

of

York's

school and were inspected by the present Prince of Wales,

Lords

Roberts and Kitchener and other generals.

Of these

ten

we

still

have out here Hay,


probably Waller.

Grey, Cross,

Raffles,

Fane, Thornton, and


are at

Hubback and Redfearn Shaw


return
after

home and

Dubois did

not

the

great war.

They should be

h^
.

Hit

""'

*-^

-I

r^^^^

Eldest sons of reigning Sultans as Volunteer Officers.


Sitting right Lieut. Raja Sitting left Lieut.

Standing

left

Alang Iskander of Perak (Now Sultan) Tungku Abdul Rahman of Negri Sembilan Lieut. Raja Musa of Selangor

Standing right Lieut. H. N. Ferrers (Barrister-at-law)

79

assembled for the inspection of the Prince got together, and might go in mnfti.

of

Wales

if

they can be

A. B. Huhback was Lieutenant Colonel of the Malay States Volunteer Rifles for many years and took an enormous interest in the Corps. When war broke out he was Cliief Architect to the
F.

M.

S.

Government, but he got leave and joined up early

in the

great

war.

Hubback. went

to

France
later

in

command

of an infantry

regiment then formed, and was

promoted Brigadier General.

He won
services.

the

Distinguished Service Order and was also made a


of the

Companion

Order

of St.

Michael and
his friends

St.

George

for his

Hubback, known
life

to

as

" Trilby," did not

retnrn to civil official

but continued in the army owing to his


special
qualifications.
to the
in

conspicuous
sister

abilities

and

He
M.

married

of

A. B. Voules, Legal Adviser

F.

S. and, has a
'

son (Gordon) in the navy


as'

who came out here

H.M.S.

Malaya

"

an

officer.

His brother Theodore, who belonged


Sembilan,
several
is

to

the

State of Negri

a well

known

big

game hunter and has


in

published

diaries of

his

hunting trips

Pahang, where he has a

residence
in
fine

by

tiie

Jelai Birer,

near Bukit Eota.

He

has hunted

Burmah, Alaska, and we

believe in

East Africa, and owned a


is

rubber estate near Jelebu which he

said to hare sold.

Medical.
Dr. E. A.

0. Trayers was Residency Surgeon, and no more

sympathetic and pains taking doctor could have been found for onr
hospitals,

when the natives were very

diffident of receiving treat-

ment from Europeans.


Dr.
Sinclair however

was the
Dr,

first to

hold this position and

was well

known

iind liked.

W. M.
in

Little officiated as Residency

Surgeon,
a widow.

but was out

here only three year.s

when he died leaving


connection with
the

He

went

to

Bentong

Puliang
tlie

in

serious disturbances in that

State at

time and was afterwards


in his place

stationed at
will

Klang.

Dr.
as a

Scott was appointed


cricketer.

and

be remembered

good

Later came Dr. Welcli

80

who was

inairied, but he did not for good.

keep the best of health and after

some years went home


was the
years
first

Mrs. Abrams from Singapore


General Hospital, but
in

Nurse Matron

to the

recent
it

the exalted position of


conflicting

Matron

General

was

created

is

rumoured with

results.

The Capitan China, with

his

usual philanthropy, opened, and ran at his


for

own expense, a
with

hospital,

Chinese on the Pudu Road known as the T'snng Shin Hospital.


sick

Here the

were

treated

by
is

Chinese
not

doctors

Chinese
Later a

medicines, but
shelter

how they got on

clearly

known.

was erected
then,

for vagrants, but their

numbers must have been

insignificant

compared with

the

number today

that

one

sees begging in every part of

the town.

Some
of

are

nndoubtedly
exists, but it

decrepits for

whom
make

it is

believed

some

sort
there,

home

may

not be inviting

or they

would go

on the other hand

they probably

a good thing out of begging.

The

District Hospital on the


time,

Pahang Road

in

Kuala Lumpur
till

was opened about this


to-day
it

and was made


of

larger gradually,

covers

many

acres

ground; has dozens of wards and

other buildings, and the patients

number about one thousand two


Pauper Hospital and
surgical
f)art of

hundred.

It is also
if

known

as the

anyone

is

admitted

he needs treatment

or

attendance.

small
this

leper asylum

was opened close by as

the hospital, but

awful disease has evidently spread

so rapidly in this country

that
over-

the premises had to be largely extended and today

there

is

crowding.

It is a great pity that the authorities did not


in

look far

enough ahead
place
as the
for

commencing
Jerejak

this leper

asylum,

as

some such

island of

near
as

Penang should have been


is

reserved

the

sole

purpose,

the

case

in

the

Colotiy.

who had both' been mad dogs, proceeded to Saigon to undergo the Pasteur From then till now this subject has been befnre the treatment.
this time

About

Dr. Braddou and Mr. Hertz,

bitten by

Government and
institute
in

the

public,

but yet today


the

we have no
of

similar
Straits

the

F.

M.
H.

S.

nor has

Colony

the

Settlements.
erected in
gjreat

Mr.

P.

Clodd thought that


deeds
of the so

one might

be

memory

of the heroic

exalted dead
hit

in the

war, but the

Government has been

hard

with financing

(
lice supplies,

81
and

buying
iu

tin ore,

loss of rubber
it

revenue

owing

to

the

slump
is

the

industry,

that

is

really

very hard

up

and

raising loans to carry out large works In hand.

Mrs. J. P. Rodger,

Dr.

Travers and

many

others

of

both

sexes formed the Samaritan Society, with the object of

providing

adequate nursing and comforts atone dollar per diem.


latter

What

the

meant
for

is

not known, but a nurse was supplied at the ladies

own

homes

one dollar a day.

There are many private nurses available


locally.

to-day trained at

home and

Dr.
for the

McClosky joined us
its

early

and did

good

bit;

of

work

Government and

servants especially.

He He

was a very

able

man and

a staunch supporter of

Roman

Catholic Institutions,
retired last

doing a deal for the Church and the Convents.


year only and was suitably entertained with

his wife prior

to

his

retirement on a well earned pension.

Dr.

P.
in

N.

Gerrard

joined

the

Government
first

as
wife.
sister

District

Surgeon

1897, when he came out with his


be

Some
of

years after her death

married Miss Hoffman,

the

European Hospital, they were both very popular.


Captain
a
in the

Gerard was a

Volunteers and was down in Singapore attending


there mutinied early in

camp when the Native Regiment


to

1915,
blood,

owing

German

conspiracy.

He

was murdered

in

cold

because he refused to give up the keys of the ammunition store.

clever doctor

and a keen polo


to his

playei-,

his

untimely death came

as a great

shock

many

friends in Malaya.

Dr. E. T. Maclntyre joined

the
S.

Government

in

1896 from

Ceylon after obtaining the L. M.

diploma there, and was for


In 1905 he
in

many

years stationed at Serendab.

took his L. E.
visited

C. P. and other degrees in Scotland and

1913 again

Europe and obtained the M. D. degree from Durham University. Maclntyre retired in 1915 and went into private practice and owns the Town
Dispensary
in

Kuala Lumpur, where he

is

a
in

Member

of the

Sanitary Board.

One

of his sons

is

at present

London studying, and intends competing

at the Civil

Service

Ex-

amination for Eastern Cadetships after further coaching fortwo years.

82
Sports.

Among
The
last

the competitors were Bath,


") Martin, E.

G. Gumming, Mitchell,

Vane (" WoUy named

W. Neubronner and M. A. Stonor.


The veterans
Sanderson,
Spooner,

beat

all

comers at the high jump.

race always brought in Syers,

Huttenbach,

Hampshire, Charter, Lake, Vane, and Mitchell.

Conditions were
less

handicap according to age, those under thirty and not

than

five

years in the country debarred. Bicycle races were very popular

on the

parade ground opposite the " Spotted

Dog

",

when there was a two


and handi-

day meet with


cappers
etc,

lotteries, a totalizator,

judges, stewards,

were dnly appointed.

This was immediately after the

advent of the free wheel and the pneumatic tyre.


big meeting under the S. R.

Sounds

like a

A. Rales.
held on

The

first

Police Sports were

Boxing Day

in

1894

when Capt. Lyons was Superintendent and Holmes Assistant.

Now

it is

a regular yearly event the prizes for which


fine

it is

said are
it
is

found from the police

fund.

The Forest department

believed uses this fund for granting bonuses to native subordinates

incapacitated owing to illhealth and in urgent need of assistance.

The Malay

football

known

as "

Sepak Raga " was largely indulged


ball

in, in the districts,

when teams kicked a

made

of rattan,

about

less

than half the size of a leather football, in the air to each other
it

without touching
is

with any part of the body except the

feet.

It

an exciting and interesting

game giving good


his

exercise,
at the

and

Colville took a team to England.

composed

of

Burmese, who excel

game,

Mr. J. P. Rodger, with


".

proverbial generosity,
this the

gave a challenge shield for " soccer

For

Malay

States.

Guides team, which included Capt. Talbot, also Graham and Adam, played the Selangor Club and lost. In 1896 R. G. Watson

(Watty) was

football

Captain and did excellent work


;

in the
will

field

while his wind lasted

and

all

who remember him


Skinner,

easily

understand

this.

Bellamy,

Lott,

"Lanky"
for the Club.

Scott,

Hampshire, Highet and Lake played regularly

For Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee we sent


a beautiful

Album

of

Her Majesty photographs from every part of Selangor.


sports on a large scale

On

this occasion

special

were held when

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77

YEARS

1845

to

1922
Store
In

KUALA LUMPUR PREMISES.


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Co., Ltd.

(Incorporated in England.)

and SINGAPORE.

83

E.

V.

Carey beat Norman Grenier


flat

of

Perak

at

the

hundred
a

yards

race,

for

whioli

the

yeteran planter

received

great

ovation.

Polo had then not started owing

to the

want

of a suitable

grpund, though the Java ponies imported were about the heigiit

and

build of a

pony from
of

tlie

native State of

Manipur near Assam,


in

the real
quite

home

polo.

Tent pegging however was indulged

often

by

Sir

William Maxwell, Sir Frank

Swettenham,
and
Messrs.

Captains Syers

and

Harry Talbot,

Dr.-Travers,

Charleton Maxwell, and Lawder.


Billiard
tables were
chief

established

immediately the clubs were

started

and the

exponents

of the indoor

game were E. W.

Neubronn^, Tisbury, Venning, Roe, Swetteuharil, Severn, and


Ketschker. In concluding these modest chapters on
old Selangor

it

is

hoped that they have brought

to

memory many

old friends, old

enemies, old institutions, and old beginnings.

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(Incopporgted

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kuala lumpur.

DEPARTMENTS.
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Stationery
Toilet
Provisions,

Wines &

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Tailoring

Goods

Drapery
Millinery

Jewellery

Hardware
Bicycles

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Haberdashery Crockery
Furnitures
Cigarettes, Etc.

Sporting Goods
Cigars

&

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We
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Visitors

and Residents

alike are assured of

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years'

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We
End

have two

cutters of

many
at

Eastern

experience, able to
best

turn out Tropical clothing, equal to the


of

West

London

styles,

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which

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is

impossible to better elsewhere.

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Customers,
this

living

at

a distance

from

our

store,

will

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The

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places
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worry

upon

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in

isolated

eliminated by dealing with us.

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SINGAPORE, MALACCA, PENANG, SEREMBAN, MUAR, JOHORE BAHRU.

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BATU ROAD, KUALA LUMPUR.

CONFECTIONERS, BAKERS,
and

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Wedding cakes a
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Curry Puffs and Cakes

Always Ready.

Rates reasonable.

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Ltd,

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KUALA LUMPUR.

ESTATES.
IMPORTS.
SHIPPING.

EXPORTS.

INSURANCE.

Arboretas

Red Hand Brand Paints


White Glazed Tiles

Corrugated Iron

Hoes and Changkols


Coal

Wire Nails

Underwood Typewriters
Patzenhofer

Coke
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Beer

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Preservative

Hasekamp's Brandy

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