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'IS I ~:We are in front of the cathedrall and only a few
riS:hi4tes walk from the water-front. The buildings we
see at the farther side of the square and down the street
Beyond are business offices, shops, hotels and tiih -Te.
SMany of the shops are very good, for this is a place with
a population of 30,000. This space within the iron fence
is a public garden and pleasure ground much frequented
because of its generous supply of seats under the trees
where people can listen to band-concerts, chat and smoke
or find entertainment in watching trhe passers-by. The
substantial pavement of this cross-avenue ia one of Pan-
ama's modern improvements; it used to be stony and
muddy. Now, even when a November rain is falling as
it is at this moment, the Panamanian to the i-manner bIxrn
does not mind a trifle like tlat. As we see, people even
sit on the park benches, talking with their friends, regard-
less of the steady drizzle wlhicl covers the pavement.
All nationalities may be seen here at one time or an-
other. The true Panamanians speak Spanish anmoin
themselves but often speak English also. They are usually
Catholics, like most of their South American co.usins. A
number of Hebrews have established themselves ;1- bus-
iness here in Panama and are prosperous. West Indian
negroes are numerous; there are some Frencn citizens
Wvho stood by their adopted home when the Canal change
hJands; Americans from the United States are of course
an increasing element in tlie community. Passengers
wlho have landed at Colon from European steamships and
come across the Isthmus by rail to connect with some
P-acific line may be of almost any nationality.
Tlie local government of the city is in the hands of
Panamanian citizens, but the United States assumes cer-
tain control over municipal sanitation.
From Notes of Travel, No. /0, copyright
by Underwood &-
People of the young republic in Cathedral Square,
Habitants de la jeune R6publique, dans la place de la
i~iirgcr- her junlicn 'Jicpublif c au bent iSatlcbralplat e,
Habitantes de la joven Repiblica en la plaza de la
Den nya republikens folk ,I Katedraltorget i Panama.
Hapo)As MoaJoAoii peny6.anjiii Ha Co6opHoli nJaougaAR,
I a a I a II la anra
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