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Blueíields, the capital .nd only ]iort of tibe Mosquito Reservntion, gete its name from a famous oíd pírate of the, called Bleevelt, the rem alna i of Avhose Btronghold - in an advanced state of deeay - are still seen on a high proanotory nt the entrañe of the herbar kuown ns th.e "Bluff." The loun proper Sies about six miles írom lir ií'M. nid le reached 1y crossiug a large lagood] of t ucii shallowness that oaily rutev jnucJi tiifíging. puslling and püJling in Muall Ixjats oí lightst drauglit is the passenger landed at the GoveriHiient Avliarf. Peen from 11iü ía.Linon. the tnwn présente a pleasant picture. Seated upon cotnparatively high grouod. the luecious greeñ of the luxuriant vegetatioai in wihieh it is framed ruine quite dt-vn to the water's edge, -vihile hiere and there a Btately pakn or cocoaauit tree, its leaves ïioddins lazily in thc almost iiniifi-cciitible breeze, gives the scape, that calm, dreamy look so characteristic of tropical lile. Tliere is but oaie Street in the town (King Street) leadimg up ïroim the wharf. On this istreet are its lew stores and tradü Shope. Tluj rest oí the settlem-eot - covertng au area ol two square mui-: - is soattered about, wheresoever tJi bauseholders willed it, -without pilan or i-1'íciciirc 10 streets and lanes. At the time of my visit the town conlaiiR-d three horses and two earts or wiagoine, bo it is evident tiiat streets wouLd be of less use for traffic than the iake of syanmetry, and Samlw's idea oí symmetry is au unknown quanliiy. Tüi liouses of Bluefieldw, with thu.cxception of a few native "ahacks" air built of lumber brought from the L'nited iStates, añil are similar in style of architecture tothose found in small Ainericaii viilajges. All building? aro erected on i)osts, and raised two or three ieet above the ground, to avoid the -vet and mud of the rainy season. The population, numbering about ilfteen hundred, is eomposied prlncipally of tlui desceudants oï Jamiaeia negroes, with a epriakling of cross-breed lndiaiis, Spauiards, and negroes;these are tonown a "Sa.mbos." - From Nioarauga and the Mosquito Coast, by Ir. Bobert N. Kelly, Jr., in The Popular Sc.ieince Montlily lor Juae.


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