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88 2Vote? re?ecting the I?tkmu? of PansY. cutting the paws, afterwards despatches him at his leisure,--car* rymg his head, paws, and skin to Porto-Bello, as a trophy of his valour, and preserving the skin to make tobacco-pouches, or covers to little easy chairs used in the country. The great abundance of toads about Porto=Bello has been already noticed. This is so prodigious after rain, that the popular prejudice is, that the drops are changed into toads (de coda viene un Sapo); and even the more learned maintain, tliat the eggs of this animal are raised with the yapours from the adjoining swamps, and, being conveyed to the city by the succeeding rains, are there hatched. Their large size, howeverramsay of them being from four to six inches in breadth--sutticiently attests their mature growth in more favourable circumstances. _After a night of rain, the streets are almost covered with them, and it is im- possible to walk without crushing them. Chagres.mThe town of Chagres is one of the most miserable that can be imagined, being situated in a little sandy bay on the north side of the river, open to no wind but a westerly one, and bounded by woods to the south. by a black and dismal-looking fortification on a hill to the north, and by a swamp to the east, which is continually fed by springs which have no outlet. It also is thus extremely unhealthy. The inhabitants are chiefly black, or coloured, with the exception of a few custom-house officers, and the commandant of the castle. Their number is about one thousand. In entering the river from the sea, the town is not seen till close upon it; and does not look better than a collection of negro huts on a West India sugar plantation, the hous? being chiefly built of mud, and thatched. Gatun, Gorgons, C?'uces, ?,c.--Gatun is quite a small village. Go. rgona is somewhat larger, being a point where passengers going to Panamk frequently land, in order to avoid the danger and delay caused by the progressively increasing rapidity of the current, as boats ascend to Cruces. Cruces, however, is the place to which goods are always conveyed, sad was a village of �omiderable extent when Mr. Lloyd first saw it, but was acci- dentally burned down in 1828. When he left it, there were not more than one hundred and twenty houses, bnilt of reeds, occa- sionally plastered, and neatly thatched. The inhabitants of these places are nearly all owners of canoes or mules?--or store-keepers for taking charge of goods,--or bogas, that is, persons employed in working the canoes, which is done either by paddles or poles, according to the depth of water. Cruces and (?orgena are also n?orted to as watering-places in summer by the inhabitants of Panam?t, being considered very healthy; and the town of Chor- rera, on the river of that name, falling into the Pacific, has tim ?ame advantage