EXCURSION INTO THE INTERIOR.
A Balking Horse.--Cultivation of Rice.--Tropical Flowers.--Surabaya.--The Regent Prawiro.--Dutch Colonization.--How Java is governed.--Bandong.--The Regent and the Interpreter.--A Gouty Monarch.--The Regent's Income.--How he spends it.
Surabaya, January 21st.--The governor-general and his estimable family dismissed us, after a very early breakfast, on an excursion which is affording us an opportunity to see something of the mountains, and more of the simple people of this beautiful island.
Still travelling in Mr. Pell's spacious coach, with government orders for relays, we drove rapidly through the quaint and quiet streets of the pretty little city of Buitenzorg. So long as we kept the plain, we had only one annoyance--a balking horse--one of eight. Peasantry, at every halt, assisted the lopers in rolling the heavy carriage against the refactory animal's heels, and so, whether he willed to go or not, we got on. Crossing a small stream, we climbed irregular volcanic mountains, and came through a gorge between two of them; the one seven thousand feet high, the other four thousand. The mountain-sides are terraced with rice-fields, one above the other. These fields were covered with standing water. The successive terraces show the crop at every stage of its growth. On the upper terrace, the young plant is seen, resembling grass just sprouted from the seed; on the level just below, single stalks of rice just transplanted; below this, fields of the grain at successive periods of its growth; until, at the foot of the mountain,