李鐘玨:《新加坡風土記》14

56 南洋鴉片煙貴於中國數倍,以其稅重也。叻中每錢需洋二角,聞加拉巴、亞齊等處,每錢五角雲。然吸煙者並不見少,且窮人尤多。彼拉手車者日夜可得洋一元,繳租四角,可餘六角,苟無煙癖,度日有餘。乃十人中無煙癮者不得一二。炎蒸汗血博得之蠅頭,盡入煙斗,殊可憐已。

57 英人賭禁綦嚴,然叻中賭風甚盛。有一局名天師公司,專誘人賭,黨與極多,無法禁絕。前年有華人上條陳於議政局,請照荷蘭辦法,盡弛禁令,重徵其餉,歲可入數十萬元。當時頗有韙其議者,而輔政使司謂英國不能如荷蘭辦法,致傷政體,屏置不議,仍求禁絕之法,此亦可謂能識大體者矣。

58 十年前,途中但有馬車載人,牛車載物,後有東洋手車,近又有火車。雖曰並行不害,究之火車興而手車牌額截止,舊者汰而新者不得增,往時有四千輛者,今不過二千餘矣。貧民失業,無以糊口,往往流為盜賊,劫掠搶竊之案層見疊出。西官不究其源,但遇案治之,獲犯懲之而已。

59 居民食米,來自安南、暹羅、緬甸,每百斤約洋三元。食物中魚最鮮美,價亦廉。其他豕、羊、雞、鳧之類,均視粵省昂貴,而菜蔬尤甚。

60 西人於西北山高處,尋泉源,鑿池蓄水,用沙濾清,以鐵管引至人煙稠密處。複於山上鑿池,激而上之,再用沙濾,散入支管,便民取用。居民多通管入屋,量出水口門多少取值,不限用度。惟數日不雨,則受之以節云。

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