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Photographs Talzen in the Early
Part of Last Month.
The Tril.une presents to-day for the instruc
tion and entertainment of its readers a series
•f photographs made in the Panama Canal
•one in the early part of last month by C. L
Chester, a photographer who was sent there by '
the firm of Underwood & Underwood, of this '
■tfity, to make pictures for other purposes than
acwßjiaper illustration and who knew nothing at
all wh-n he made them of the brief but
Cow notorious visit of Poultney Bigelow, which
veo nil\ resulted in so much amusement. Mr.
BigeJow visited the isthmus last November, and
on returning' home made most positive and
grave charges against the sanitary administra
tion there. These charges at first were received
by the public with some consideration, but when
the Secretary of War showed from the records
that the steamer which took this painstaking
investigator to the isthmus landed him a: Colon
at 10 a, m. on one day and bore him away again
at 2 o'clock on the following afternoon, so that
his personal investigation was confined to a
period of twenty-eight hours, Including one
night, a roar of laughter went up from the
whole country.
Mr. Chester, the photographer who took the
pictures which The Tribune publishes to-day,
did not make an "Investigation" for any po
litical party or clique. He was sent there to
photograph the physical conditions as he found
them, and without comment or deduction.
His pictore < ;illed "Overlooking the Burned Dis
trict of Colon" shows one of the modern tene
ment houses on the left and in the background
a new government building in course of erection.
The street appears to be neat and clean, and
two covered garbage cans show up prominently
at the stre< t lino.
The photograph called "View of Broadway In
Culebra" shows the main street of Culebra, in
Panama Standing at the right is a canal zone
policeman wearing a helmet. Large cans for
garbage are conspicuous. The street appears
to be well drained. It is not littered with refuse
of any kind.
"A Street Scene in Cnlebra" shows two men
belonging to the garbage department of the
Sanitary Commission carrying a box of refuse.
Open drains under the houses and along the
Bides of the street are apparent The untidy
look of the street is due to loose stories.
"A View of Cuss Street in Colon* 1 presents
the negro quarter of the town, where the sani
tary board h::-- not yet Improved the streets.
The garbage ,an is again in evidence, but a
mudpuddle shows up conspicuously In the fore
ground, reminding one forcibly of the condition
\i which Lenox-ave from Central Park to the
jy«i-r:.':n River remained for many months after
the subway there was completed, if half as
much patience is shown with the sanitary com-
Btaioa In Panama as Is shown with the Bureau
•f Highways la Manhattan there can hardly be
any doubt that sutii a mudpuddle as this will
soon be a thing of the past on any street of any
town in the canal zone.
Mr. Chester remained on the isthmus five
Sioux City. lowa, Feb. 10. -W. M. Belding. a
master bunder on the Panama Canal at Ancon.
writing to his nephew, F. B. Burbank of this
ity, said the mercury was 80 degrees in the
shade on New Year's Day, when he was writ
ing Work on the canal had not regularly be
gun, but fourteen thousand men were engaged
bet term*; the sanitary conditions. The writer
"I am asked if it is a good place to come to
if a man wants to earn a living. I answer:
■If a man comes and is willing to work for the
meni a; he would for a contractor or a
railroad eorp< r; I on ;■( home for doable the pay
he l ■■■'■ l! '-""- «n i tittle more cost to himself
for living, with rree medical attendance in case
of sickness and other advantages he does not
S« I at home, then 1 say yes. 1 l believe the
health conditions are us good here as at home.
As f., r scale of wages, carpenters get Bfl cents
an hour; painters and mechanics, «T> eenta;
bricklayers, $150 a month; foremen, from $\27>
to $150; superintendents, fron $175 to $100.
Free transportation under pay is given from
New-York. Board costs abont $25 a month and
room is furnished by the commission, or If room
cannot be provided 15 per cent of your month's
wages additional is paid you."
Mr. Relding says he finds conditions much
better than he expected.
The daughter of Bret Ilarte, with the aid of a
number of her father's English friends, has
opened a typewriting office in London.
She is a proficient typewriter, and an Ameri
can Journalist, calling to have some copying
done, complimented her on her skilL
"My skill, such a3 it is, Is due to practice, "
said Miss Harte. "It was acquired very pain
fully, like the marksmanship of one of my
father's Western Menus.
"My tether used to tell of a man called Red
wood James, a character of California. James,
in a bar one night, drew a revolver and shot the
ashes from the cigar of a fri-nd on the othe
side of the room.
"The friend laughed, and calmly drank off the
remainder tt his cocktaiL "* father said to
Redwood James:
'• -Ttuit must have required considerable prae
'Practice'' Redwood replied. 1 should say
so. yoTiiig man. I guess 1 spiled more'n three
duzou v huuimen a-Ujxuin' that there trick'"
Brief Observations en 'Sul)jcctt
Engaging Public 'Attention.
Two subjects Just at pr^swrrt constitute po^
«lar themes of discussion, the one is the mob
totng experienced by Miss Alice Roosevelt cm
the occasion of her visit to New-York ten days
agt>. and the other 13 the endeavor being' mads
by the Secretary of the Navy to suppress and
■tamp out hazing at Annapolis. At first sight
It would appear that th -re Is no relation what
soever between mobbing and hazing. Yet there
ta a point of contact between the two. It ts
the sense of personal dignity that is apt to de
ter people from taking part In mobbing, and ta
Vie same way it is a sense of dignity and of re
spect for meit and for the rood name of tl»
Institution to which they belong that prevents
w*U bred, wholesome lads from permitting use»
fni ii»«^ ta< decbaerata Into dowxri^at tilaci^
mardism. When hazing, as a to called m
America, or -ragging,- as a b styled in Eng
land, assumes some of the utterly dbgraccfß]
and caddish farms that have been brought to
light In Q»e course of legal Investigations
In this country, tn England and In BoaXb
Africa It Indicates a questionable tone on the
part of the school, the academy, the universit>
or the regiment that has furnished food for the
scandal, and affects injuriously the fair n;>.:: -.e
of the organization concerned. In fact, the
character of a scholastic Institution, as of a
military or naval corps, may be gauged by the
nature of the hazing which Its members ad».>; :
as a means of self-government.
With regard to the mobbing of people wna
for one reason or another occupy for the CtxxM
being the eye of the public. It is by no m s
conrined to the United States, M one mitrht bi
tempted to believe from the scathing COBOncntl
in many of the dally papers here In caoatctiaa
with the manifestations of popular cur;. :y
ited by the President's daughter whey. r>^
cently in New-York, and some years ago l» . the
wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kox
burghe. to which reference has been ni;i, , to
connection therewith. The fact of On t . . ■
Ls that mobbing Is distinctly un-America; -:>-

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