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For the most exposition-sated visitor there were some exhibits that possessed the charm of novelty, among them the one sent by the women of the JDutch possessions in the East Indies, chief'source of the nation's wealth. These wpmen, who are fortunate in possessing a vast amount of leisure, took a lively interest in preparing a collection which filled one of the largest rooms and illustrated every form of East India life in miniature, even to the children playing with their dolls. Many specimens of the beautiful work done by the native women were shown.

In'another part of the grounds within a grassy yard, was a complete production of the typical' home of a wealthy Netherlands family living in Java at the present day—a broad verandah, filled with flowers and wicker choirs, senses and table's: a wide hall, with opacious and handsomely furnished rooirs on cUhrr ftide; back of the sleeping rooms, their white iron bods draped with gauze hangings. Behind all was the big dining-room, where the public could be served by real, barefooted East Indian waiters, and a comfortable distance away were the kitchen, laundry, store-rooms, and servants' quarters, ilie whole unique | and interesting, and showing that with plenty of money one could be comfortable almost anywhere.

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FROM WOMEN OF EAST INDIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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FROM WOMEN OF EAST INDIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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