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6476 We are about thirty-six hours' journey from the
city of Panama, up in the wild interior of the country
S near the Colombian frontier. There are no roads about
here. The Bayano river forms a natural highway, and-
canoes hollowed out of single logs are the chief vehicles
of transportation. The village we see here is the largest
for many miles around. It has in itself no industrial or
commercial importance, but, being not far from the
Colombian frontier, a military guard was stationed here
for some time during the critical period following Pana-
ma's declaratiofi of Independence (November, 1903).
Notice the extraordinary youth of some of these defen-
ders of the land-they are actually urchins of twelve
years or less; under military discipline and drawing
Government pay! Their equipment; like their physique,
leaves a good deal to be desired, but their spirit is excel-
lent and, if necessary, they would. doubtless show good
fighting qualities. Tropical America never lacks citizens
ready to handle a rifle in times of political commotion.
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The people who live in these huts of palm and
bamboo get their living easily, raising a little rice and
sugar-cane, and gathering bananas, bread fruit and
cdcoan;uts. There are no schools and no shops of any
account, S.panish, Indian and negro elements are com-
bined in the present generation.,
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Boy soldiers at -eat vi.e e Panama
Trc" jeu n.es..,soh )t:;.das 1 eilaeiigene Panama.
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Nifios soldados en suLI pueblo natal, Panama..
Soldatgossar i en by af infodingar-Panama.
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