June 22. The view presented was beautifulin the extreme. Enclosedon all sides by lofty mountainsthe city lay surrounded with perpetualgreen. The abrupt shoresof the coast about it, and of anisland in the harbor, contrastbeautifully with the green slopingbank on which the city isbuilt. It is fortified quite strongly,although it seemed to me,they could do better executionby building the fort at the entranceof the harbor. However,they have an observatory on oneof the high cliffs near the city,from which they can scan thecoast far many miles up andJune 22. down. Our steamer stopped herefor the purpose of taking in coal,of which she consumes more thantwo tons an hour on an average.They took in today 250 tons. Assoon as we came into the harbor,the natives came out in boats tous, anxious to take the passengersover to the city. We were muchamused at seeing the young Mexicansdive after money whichwas thrown them from our ship.They showed themselves very expertin doing so, sometimes catchingit immediately beneath thesurface of the water. Some breadhaving been thrown into the waterlarge numbers of fishes of many
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