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classes being scattered over the metropolis, and oftentimes being found under the same roof.

The capital is indifferently watered by two aqueducts containing respectively clear and muddy water.

The supply is conducted by pipes to numerous tanks and open fountains located in all parts of the city, whence it is distributed for family use by a licensed corps of aguadores, or water-carriers. Their charges are from two cents to twelve and a half cents a load, according to the distance of the fountain from the place of delivery.

The public edifices and business houses are lighted with gas of inferior quality. In private dwellings kerosene-oil and stearine candles are generally used. Some quarters of the city are illuminated with lamps of gasoline or petroleum. Recently, the electric light has been employed on the Plaza mayor and adjacent streets.

Places of Interest.—1. The Cathedral and El Sagrario. 2. The Palace and Maximilian's Coach. 3. The Museum (El Museo Nacional). 4. The Academy of San Carlos. 5. The Mining School (Colegio de Mineria). 6. The Mint (Casa de Moneda). 7. The Church of La Santissima. 8. The Church of Santo Domingo. 9. The Church of La Profesa. 10. The Church of Santa Teresa. 11. The Church of San Fernando. 12. The Convent of San Francisco. 13. The National Library (La Biblioteca Nacional). 14. The Park (La Alameda). 16. The Tivoli Gardens. 16. The Drive (Paseo de la Reforma). 17. The Canal (El Paseo de la Viga). 18. Alvarado's Leap (El Salto de Alvarado).
In the Environs.—1. Chapultepec. 2. Atzcapatzalco and the Noche-triste tree. 3. Tacubaya (Military Academy and private residences). 4. Guadalupe (church and chapel). 5. La Piedad (Al Fresco, the American Club). 6. San Angel. All of which are reached by horse-cars from the Plaza mayor.

We have not space enough to give a minute account of each one of the above objects of interest; accordingly, a brief reference will be made to them in the above order:

1. The tourist should ascend one of the towers (200 feet high) of the Cathedral for a view of the city (fee, one real). This edifice was commenced in 1573, and finished