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5. Flower of Nine Hours

But there were occasions when the inhabitants of Tiger Canal rushed into the house, and often it continued into Crocodile Canal. That's when the slaves of the houses carrying a tank containing feces (because there are no latrines) and then threw it into a barge, owned by the Chinese, in the canal. So the fragrant or the scent of flowers from the trees was replaced by the smell of ammonia from the barge. This work was called Foela Novi Horas or "Flower Nine Hours" by the people of Batavia. But this situation was still better than when Tiger canals was dredged and mud piled on the canal side, then picked up by a barge. Under the tropical sun this clay hills immediately begin fermented and ... smell, while at night swarms of mosquitoes humming curiously..... Blood they say.

Travelers James Cook, who visited Batavia in 1770, mentioned that in dry weather and low water canals there were not a lot of praise on Batavia. This because there were no latrines throughout the city, so that the canal was used as a sewer. Although the water flowed like the Great River, since there were dead animals from the area above the canal drifting on the water. During the dry season the water became shallow and still, the air is toxic.

Before 1699 the ups and downs and the canal and the Great River water level was clear and fastly flowed to the coast of Java. However, the eruption of Mount Salak, and the resulting earthquakes, brought mud to the mouth of the river which caused silting, which led the canal shallow. Silt was very disturbing, until finally a head trader named Jacob Faas, came up with the idea to dredge sediment material in the riverbed.

Soon after that Faas was appointed as the Indian board to deal with this mud. But the sediment was back, and became even greater than before. The silt continues to harden at the bottom of the river. For residents of Canal Tigers until the end of Crocodile canal, when canal dredging was held, felt very disturbed. They think that they could not go back there, to their yard that was well planted with shady trees and ornamental plants. Although overwhelmed, Jacob Faas has done his job.

Mount Salak
Mount Salak
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