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4 5 20874---A Su;ar Mill in its Most Primitive Buise, Panama Canal Zone
It would require these rollers to be is then turned over and rapped on the
crushing sugar cane several days before back wiLth a wooden mallet. The cakes
there would be juice enough to make a of brown s igar tumble out. No refined
barrel of sugar. With a vine from the sugar is manufactured in the Republic of
forest, or a strip of bark from a tree, the Panama, nor in the American Zone. It is
crooked stick is fastened to the overhead all imported.
beam. To this stick the horse, ox or Much of the land on the Isthmus of
mule is hitched. Panama is especially adapted to raising
From the kettle that receives it, the sugar cane. By analysis it has been
cane juice is carried in pails to the evap- found that a ton of Panamanian cane will
orating kettles. These are set in walls produce nearly four times as much suga?
of clay or brick. Underneath them is as a ton of the best Louisiana cane.
kept a roaring fire. When the juice has In Panama the cane does not need to
been boiled down to a syrup, it is trans- be planted oftener than once in 15 years.
ferred to another kettle. Here it is boiled There is an opportunity for making much
until it crystalizes into sugar. It is then money out of sugar in Panama- The dry
poured into a long wooden plank. The season gives ample time for gathering
plank has some 20 holes, like a bowl, cut the cane and turning it into sugar. Labor
in it. These holes are in two rows. The is cheap, and this product much in
sugar soon cools and hardens. The plank demand.
Copyright 1907, by Keystone VIiew Company.