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?ert?n of b?ug?ng down as muc? ?nima[ ? ? ?he? csn consume iU a week, w? su?c?eu? or town, for ?ce and plant,ns. . Wi? ?e indolent habi? thus a?ui?d' by the ? population, and the very small numar of slav? in the depotmeat, it will np- ?ar &fficuit at ?y time to comm?d ?e mquisi? amount of labour for public purlin; and the actual bad s? of roads seems to demons?te ?at ?is, among ot?r o?tacles, really felt to stand i? the way of great improvement. Mr. Lloyd, however, is of opinion, that ?is difficulty would not be insur- mountable were a considerable work, of undoub?d public utili?, (?, for example, cutting his new line of road ?tween the two ?as,) to ? undert?en by a ?werful com?ny. ' There am within ?e province,' he says on ?is head, ? ?veml regiments of militia formed of ?e lower cl?s of ?ple nnd Indians, ex- ?!lent workmen in felling timer and cle?ing gmund? ?d par= 6cul?ly apt in acquiring any mechanical ?t. They have adv?- ?ges over Euro?ans which, from ?e nature of the climaX, will always exist. Their habi? am most simple: with a piece of ?snjo or dri? beef, a few plant,ns, and some ?, ?ey provided with the sus?nan? on which they live kom youth to age; and with a skin in ?eir hu? on which to si?p, and a block of wood to sit on, &eir es?blishment is ?mplete. T?ir d?ss never aim?, winter or summer; it cons? of a sho? brown hol- land or check shirt, ?d a pa? of caljonjili?, or ?awe?, roaching to ?e knee (which am gone?lly cast off when at work); sh? are known to them only as articles of gmat luxu?; t?y seldom w?t anything .to pm?ct.their feet, and if they do, a piece of hide ? u?d, cut and tied very neatly as a sandal. Their common w?es am from two to ?ree re?s a?ay (from Is. to ls. ?.), wi? their me?s, which, as they day mo?. The? men, there is no doubt, the government (under p?icui? ci?umstances) would gladly place at the d?al of a compnny, with individuals to command and k?p ?em in o?er; ?d in one instance ? has been already offend, ?ough not ?ccep?d, to the ex?nt of one thousand men.' Tra?.?The trade of the isthmus is at present at a very low ebb. On ?e Atlantic shore it is maint?ned with Jamaica by a Bri6sh man-of. war, which sails every mon&, between the ?0& and RSth, for the express purpose ofcar?ing lett? and s?ie,-- with Ca?hagenn. by government ve?els, t?ce a month,--and with �e same, and a few o&er points, by independent trade?, which bring freight to Chagres, and exchnnge them. On the Pacific it embraces all pa? of the coast, both noah and south, which find it their interest to communicate with Europe in th? way. The ex?nse of conveying specie across the isthmus to ? em- ?rk? at Chums is ? foi?ws :?A mule ?ll car? fi? ?ou?nd Dig,tiz?d by Google