Diary entries by Clarence McElroy during his trip to Asia.
. . .of the Portuguese Gov. Went to the wall & gate which marks the boundary between the Chinese & Portuguese. It is about ½ mile from the City. Went to the house where the lottery is located & also went to one of the fan-tan gambling houses & saw them playing. Lottery is licensed & pays for the privilege $150,000 per year. About 20 gambling houses are also licensed & they pay $450,000 a year license. The cost per day to a gambling house is about $250. This is the Monte Carlo of the East & especially for the Chinese who are inveterate gamblers.
We left Hong Kong today at 12 o’clock sharp on the Derfflinger of the N.G. Lloyd lines. The day was bright & beautiful & cool.
We reached Singapore today at 3 P.M. being 4 days & 3 hours cruising from Hong Kong. The voyage has been smooth & the weather pleasant.
Singapore is located at 1°21’ north of the Equator & is situated on an Island of the same name. The Island is 27 miles long by 14 wide & is not mountain but rather hilly.
The City is very attractive but is scattered over much territory stretching along the water front. I judge some four or five miles.
Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Travel diaries