June 16. then, these birds doubtless domuch towards cleansing thestreets; and the inhabitants.I understand, consider it agreat offence to kill them. Formy part, I could see nothinginteresting or pretty about them.And I regarded them with a sortof disgust. We soon secured ourselves comfortableseats in the cars which wereto take us across the isthmus. Herewe passed an hour or so before thetime of starting, and amused ourselvesby observing the natives, whocrowded around, anxious to sellfruit, cake, wine. etc. These nativesresemble much the negroeshaving dark skins, thickJune 15. Lips, woolly hair, etc. But therace unmixed is Indian withlighter skin and straighter hair.They wear but little clothing,some of the mean go half naked, andI saw children entirely so. Manyof the women were dressed inwhite. They have adopted onefashion of the American ladieswhich makes it appear more ridiculousthan ever, that of wearinglong dresses, so that they trailon the ground. Going about, asthey did, with their dresses coveredwith mud, I was more disgusted,if possible, than before.I was much amused with someof their remarks. One lady came
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