June 16. cool and refreshing, that I longedto stop and rest and refresh myselfthere, beneath the green trees,where cows and goats were feeding. But wecould not stay on, on we wentby native towns and villages,catching glimpses of the people aswe passed. These assembled therewe saw at Aspinwall in dress andappearance, except that they go morenearly naked. Saturday. I think,must be their washing day, fornearly all were drying clothes.These uniformly were very whiteand nice. We saw flowers todaythat looked much like lilacs, butwere of a more blue color. Soon we wereat Panama. This a very ancient-lookingJune 16. town. After we had arrangedour tickets and bought some fruit,we took a short walk into town.This was a very interesting one to me.Two churches we saw crumbling to ruins,overgrown with moss and ivyand looking so superb and magnificenteven in decay, as to callforth feelings of reverence, remindingus of the contrast between themand Him for whose worship theywere professedly erected. We wentwithin the walls, and here everythinglooked so ancient, that I could hardlypersuade myself I was not inJerusalem or some of the cities of theEast Narrow streets, faced with largeflat-stones, mules packed with all
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