Across The Isthmus By Railroad

THE railroad which crosses the mountains from Colon to the city of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is perhaps the best-paying railroad in the world. It has made fortunes for its owners in the past, and its receipts are still far in excess of its expenditure. It has an absolute monopoly of all […]

From New York To Panama

I AM in the city of Colon, on the eastern shore of the Isthmus of Panama. The emerald waves of the Caribbean Sea, coming in with the tide, are dashing up a silvery spray at my feet. A row of tall palms runs between me and the beach, each tree loaded with bunches of green […]

Hispanic Nations – Pan Americanism And The Great War

WHILE the Hispanic republics were entering upon the second century of their independent life, the idea of a certain community of interests between themselves and the United States began to assume a fairly definite form. Though emphasized by American statesmen and publicists in particular, the new point of view was not generally understood or appreciated […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – Cuzco, The Inca Capital

The neat new station (the road has been only open a year or two) lies outside the city walls. We lost no time in jumping into an old tram-car drawn by four mules, and presently were rattling through the narrow, crooked streets of the lower town, one of the worst quarters of the city —the […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – From The Isthmus To The Golden Gate

The sun was setting behind the palm-fringed hills. The fairway of the canal, reflecting the rosy tints of the sky, stretched placid and opalescent off into the Gulf of Panama. The noisy cranes had ceased their creaking; the passengers were all aboard. Slowly we backed from Balboa’s dock, swung about, and took our course down […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – Guatemala And Its Capital

We awoke at dawn, took the early train, and by ten o’clock were once more aboard the ship. That night we crossed the boundary to Guatemala and anchored in the early morning at its chief Pacific seaport, San José. Our steamer carried a consignment of steel rails destined for a link in the Pan-American Railway. […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – Lake Titicaca

ALL the afternoon, upon our return journey from Cuzco, we had been speeding through the dreary plains of the Kollasuyu, or country of the Collao, the great basin that slopes gently downward from the mountains on every hand to form the cup that holds the waters of Titicaca. Even at this great altitude (for we […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – Panama

“Then, go away if you have to go To again return you will always yearn While the lamp is burning still! “You’ve drank the Chagres water, And the mango eaten free, And, strange though it seems, ’twill haunt your dreams, This Land of the Cocoanut Tree!” How true this verse from “Panama Patchwork,” penned by […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – The Land Of The Incas

AS you ascend from Arequipa to cross the backbone of the Andes on this Southern Railway of Peru, leaving behind the dreary waste-lands of the upper Cordilleras, devoid of life and vegetation except for the pajonal, the only grass that clothes the highest plateaus with its stubby golden carpet, where no bit of green has […]

Pacific Shores From Panama – The Oroya Railway

AND then there is the Oroya Railway. What city in the world can boast such an attraction at its very doors? Where else can you, in the short space of a few hours, ascend from the coast, from palms and mango groves, bananas and tropical gardens, to the snow and ice of eternal winter, to […]