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from ? woods. Even monkeys are eaten, especially iu the country bivouacs, the.ugh seldom offered for sale in the town markets. The chief articles of fariuaceous food m? maize, ot Indian corn,. and rice; yet ?e howe growth of eant? scares very moderate. They are peeled, .or shelled, by head, in a rude moa, tar, made by hollowing. out a piece of a. la?ga tree; and the operation. is so tr .?btesoum as t6 make a great difference in the pt/ca of the article before and after it is performed. �The greater part of the sugar used in the Isthnms is imported in skim from. Central America, or from the Valley. of Cauca, I? .way of Buonaveutura, on the Choco Geest, Is is thu? deer, Ths home produce is chie?y miel, or molasses, and rns?duva, or pan- sugar, which are preferre? by. the.inhabitants to the finer prepara- tions. Great q?antitieS of. wild h(mey are found in the. woods, the .bees collecting which do not sling, and a? thus .robbed without precaution. No return is teade of the manufactory of ardent spirits: Mr.. L!6yd thinks that the Statistical Table, given above, of the province of Los Santos, may be considered generally as descriptive of the oth?rs also, with the exception of Darien and Porto-Bello, which ?re. compara?ively uncultivated, end of Panama, in whiclt the vicinity of. the capital. city' gives a preponderance the other way. In general, however, he adds, the w?stern and central districts, with the islands in the bay. of Panam?i, are the best cultivated and most p9pulous, Los Santos being one: of them. Elsewhere the land- lords keep their estates chiefly in grass to save trouble; and the population .? nowhere industrious, though strong, and enduring, under oc. oesional, fatigue. Tl?eir indolence, it is added, is not to be attributed wholly to the climate, or their own original constitution, but chiefly to the ex- treme fertility of the soil, and the comparative ease with which a man sad his family can'derive .subsistence from it. With a gun .and axe individuals, otherwise unProvided, take up their .residence ?n any corner of the woods, and -in two or three days will have erected a substantial hut, with upright posts and cross-pieces, as firmly fastened with vines as any nails or clam .?. could make them, and thatched with the split branches of the wild palm-tree, one of the best materials possible against either wind or rain. The family, at their leisures then form a st? or sacoral floor, to which a piece of balsa, cut with notchesszerves to ascend; and a few stones for a fire-place, an iron cooking-pot, and some pieces of wood to sit on, complete the establishment. The nearest trees to the habita- tion .are cut down, fire is. applied to the more distant, which, after burning some days, leaves the ground ready for a crop; advantage is taken of the first rainy season to get in the requisite seeds; and for everything else implicit reliance is placed on the gun. None of the? people stir, even to work, without this their constant com- ?m. ion (generally ml old muMnet); end in tn hour or two they am Dig,tiz?d by Google