June 22. kinds, some large and somesmall, swarmed around. Thiswas really a beautiful sight, andadded much to our pleasure.We saw one very large cat-fish, whichsome of our company thought tobe a shark. After taking dinner,we went on shore in one of thesmall boats. The sun was scorchinghot, and when we reachedthe land, we were excessivelywarm, but after sitting in theshade awhile, we were morecomfortable, and proceeded onour walk about town. The househere are much like those we sawin Panama, mostly thatched, somewith the roofs covered with clayJune 22. tiles. We passed one house where awoman was baking white corn cakeson a flat stone over a fire. She kindlyoffered us some, which we foundto be very sweet and nice. We passedanother, where we heard a manplaying a musical instrument.We were invited in, and foundit to be a sort of harp. The manreclined in a hammock as heplayed, and another kept timeby drumming with his hands. Wepassed on to the fort. This we foundwas strongly guarded, so thatwe could not enter. We walkedaround it, and noticed a number offractures, made in it either bytime or the assaults of the enemy.
Original diary dimensions: 9.5 x 14 cm.
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