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    Friedrich Maximilian Hochberg
Excerpt from book: XIV COLOMBO, PENANG, SINGAPORE, HONG-KONG, SHANGHAI Madras, July 26th.—I arrived here this morning at 6 A.m., having travelled two nights and one day. But it wasn't a bit hot, the nights were even rather fresh, and my books were very interesting, which one could not exactly say of the scenery. It rained a lot, but one was pleased for the country. They had had such bad droughts these last years, they want seven fat years badly. In Madras the trees were scarlet with their flowers like a sheet of flame. It was, I expect, the only smile of Nature on this otherwise unattractive place. It doesn't seem to have kept step with the development of the other towns here in India, which in these years have smartened and embellished themselves so much. It looks dilapidated and untidy as it did thirteen years ago. It was hot too, but nothing to the heat people talk about. I quite believe, though, that it can be very hot. It has as yet rained very little about here. I left Madras the same day at 6 P.m. from the really fine and practical new railway station. It is an uncommonly pretty building, and fits well into this very exotic-looking scenery, with its palms and half-naked people. It is altogether striking what has been done in the thirteen years since I was here as regards, for instance, railwaylines and stations, and the carriages themselves. The improvements are very great. There is no doubt the English are wonderful colonists and administrators, and everything they do is practical and business-like, which is most delightful. We had a pretty hot or rather close day, as it hasn't begun to rain in this part of India yet (which really, I think, is a very ugly part), and a hot monsoon was blowing, and as soon as I opened the window Tim's tongue hung out to her feet, so of course I...  
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