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The Tanglin Barracks, at Singapore, are situated on two high plateau, on one of which stands nine bungalows, the same size as those in the picture, and on the other, two more, forming the hospital. These large buildings, built to allow a free circulation of air between them, covered most of the available space. To clear the jungle all round them to a sufficient distance was no easy matter and the constant heavy tropical showers make growth of vegetation so rapid, that unless every shrub is not only cut down but rooted up, the jungle will grow again as strong as ever in a few months. There was another difficulty: the barracks were thatched, and there was great danger in burning the jungle within a few feet of those large roofs.
I rode round the barracks day by day after my arrival, thinking. I had prayed to God; and I felt it to be my duty, for my men's sake, to work, leaving the results in His hands. The jungle must be cleared.
I wanted to make a short cut for those on duty between the main road and the guard and orderly rooms. This was begun by the defaulters -
The wonderful change which this clearing made in the appearance of the barracks -
I had the willing consent of the whole detachment -
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