June 22. It had 36 guns mounted on itand commanded every part ofthe town and harbor. This fort,as well as some stone churcheswhich we observed, has a verytimeworn appearance, althoughage cannot be the cause. The sameis noticeable of the walls andbuildings of Panama. This appearanceI do not know how toaccount for, but suppose it tobe owing to the manner of streetme. Returning the shortest wayto the wharf, we encountered astream of water, about five feetdeep, with no bridge across it.As we stood on the bank a momentundecided, a Mexican officerJune 22. rode up on a horse, who, seeingour dilemma, kindly offered totake us over with him. So he crossedover and alighted. I hesitated atfirst, but the Dr. encouraged me,so I allowed him to place me uponthe saddle, which he did as gentlyas if he had always been accustomedto it. He then jumpedon behind and escorted me across,and, returning, brought the Dr. andfather over, also, in the same way.This I consider a very interestingadventure, both to me and to myN.E. friend. We next proceeded tothe wharf, where we met the remainderof our party, and wentwith them to visit a school there
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