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Title: Illustrated history of the Panama Railroad; together with a traveler's guide and business man's hand-book for the Panama Railroad and its connections with Europe, the United States, the north and south Atlantic and Pacific coasts, China, Australia, and Japan, by sail and steam
Year: 1862 (1860s)
Authors: Otis, Fessenden N. (Fessenden Nott), 1825-1900
Subjects: Panama Railroad Co
Publisher: New York, Harper
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress


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ature of thepopulation, while the balance is made up of dogs, pigs, chick-ens, and children, in a charming state of affiliation. Yeryfew of the aborigines of the country are found on this por-tion of the Isthmus, the inhabitants being, for the most part,a mixture of Spaniard and Indian. There are, however,many Africans and half-breeds, descended from the oldSpanish slaves of this province, or imported from Cartha-gena and Jamaica. The former, usually peaceable and industrious, cultivate little patches of land, and occasionallyraise a few cattle; but the latter are a restless, turbulent set,requiring a strong hand to keep them in subjection; being,however, hardy and athletic, they have been much employ-ed as laborers on the road. A glance into the huts of thesepeople and at their surroundings will give an idea of themanner of living of the greatest portion of the native inhab-itants of the country. The body of the dwelling is com-posed of bamboo; the roof is thatched with leaves of the

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PANAMA RAILROAD. 107 palm; the floor is the bare earth ; occasionally there is aloft, which is reached by an upright post, with deep notchescut on either side answering for stairs. Hammocks of veg-etable fibre or cotton cloth are the usual beds, which alsoconstitute the favorite lounging-place during the day. Be-sides these, a rude bench or two, a kettle, half a dozenearthen platters and water-jars, and a few gourds for water,complete the furniture of the native hut. Sun-dried andfresh beef, and pork, eggs, and fowls, are cheap and plenty.Their food, however, is mostly vegetable, the yam and plan-tain holding the chief place. The bread-fruit is plentiful,and grows spontaneously. Bice is raised, and consumed toa considerable extent; and a large variety of tropical fruits


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