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"WK KNTEft KIM \ HU \ ?. I PORT I.IMOV STREET SI-EVE IN SAN JOSE. in I II \ Ms i.. i Mll'IM 1311. OME wit Ii ma trill morn for a t rl i> l hrdugli the v?' ecrland <r Central Ariierl' ? .ir?- cutting "iir great ditch at I'anati ? It I? a lrir.'l rUggcd v \t Ihr 1 nrlMirnn (Jetewaj ?'l north from fcoeaa <l< ! Toi .San .loe.-. Costa Ktoa? nicht ?f 6,000 people which unnuiilij ships to um at least ?>ne-tonth of all the tjuuaiitts we It exports every ? ? '? " ?.1 to bananas, enough t? glv? ??He i, alm'cst every soul In the Vvorld The (own belongs largely to the United 1 i :t Company, which does an Itntheiiae I itiftha \- "-it.? ?? ? here hut i>j :\ < means ' r ?? winde. It h.is over 7,000 workmen ? :n many more on the outside estates. As oar shl;. i omcs to anchor we at the wharves .ars filled with bananas .-. 1 Vit h .in < ndll BS river of tin preen Irult flowing ah th? long earryhig belts. Into the holds Of the steamers. There' are twr, ships now loading. One be ? :rs to the Hamburg-American nn<t another to tlic Culled Fruit. Compsnv. The hnnntia.? from here ere !iik.<n ti Orleans Mobile. Xew Vbrk and '. Ilostoi The- p.. also to Manchester land Bristol. In England, and at last find their resting place in .??methinc like 1,500,000,000 ntomaohs all over Iho world; Wo shall find bananas f jr gale !it the stations as we go up the railroad to San Jose, and will pay for them I Just about the same us at home. The i banana Is the poor man's fruit, and It can be bought for frjin 1 to : cents a finger, for that is what this single fruit la called, in any pirt of the Union. Indeed, I do not know hut that it may ?..??? even cheaper vi ithln a few years ? from now. Tlie plantations are grow 11: ?. and a r'.vaj cj mpany :s being f irmed h- re to compete with our trust. This I la the \ttautlc Company, which, as I ; am told, has bought many of the out sld? plantations and is about to make fa light for tue trade. It Is backed by some West Indian .lews. In combine I tion with the Hamburg-American . Steamship IJ.no. which wants a aiiare In [the fr.dg'it. It has much to do, how Ibefore it can tucceaafully com? pote wuh the United Fruit Company [ it will require a new port and win have to build railroads to bring the bananas down to their ships, This l-atiana business is hat a small propo? sition. Thie United ?Krtilt Company, which has done more than any other t'i give Us cheap fruit, has many great Interests: here outside the bananas, and :t has farms and ranches where tt raises the cattle, horses and mules used on its banana estates. The ranches are In the highlands, and upon thein there are now. 11.000 head Of stock. Including horses and tnt:1es raised from Imported stallions and Jackasses. There an also 2,00,0 cows, from which comes the butter used In the banana trust commissary, and there ate other farms for raising vegetables and vari? ous supplies. The business Is so ex? tensive that all efforts ar- made to cut the Cast to the lowest possible notch, and I should doubt milch t'ne ability of th" Atlantic Company to compete as to prices. neautlful Coats lllcn, nut let us come hack to th. beauty Furniture of the Better Sort on Our Easy Payment Plan If you are living in :i rut you arc rustinC, out existing in the dark, friend. Why not come across into the sun flushed Valley of Hope and Happiness? The road leads straight and true- why not take it and ftet those home fur? nishings to-daj bj paying the "casj way" and just as you say? ''Credit dispels the darkness" it is the search-light that brightens the r.>a.l that leads to a happy home of your own. Come in and ?et out of that rut! Let Him Dream Care Away in a Cozy Bedroom $7 ? 00 Bedroom Suites $60.00 Si - 00 Bedroom Suites Ssn.fiO $0- oo Bedn m Suite! 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Bed? now. $37.50 Bras* Beds now. $J0 O) Brass Beds now. $12.00 $19.00 $22.00 $29.50 $32.00 Chiffonmiers $6.50, now. $3.98 S 10.00. now. $8.00 SI2.00, now. $9.50 SIS.00. now.$14.00 $25.00, now.$19.00 Bargain Extra Special Solid Oak Chiffonnier FRENCH BEVELED MIRROR THIS WEEK ONLY Dressers $10.00, now. $6.98 S15.00, now.$10.00 $22.00, now.$16.00 $30.00, now.$22.50 S40.00, now.$30.00 We Furnisjh Homes QjtNi Credit: INCORPORATED 9 W. Broad St. Richmond, Va. TYPIOAli COSTA RI CANS. of this Costa Rlcan republic. The banana plantations form bu? a small part of it, and they arc confined to a rtrlp of the lowlands along tho. Carib? bean Sea, There aro similar lowlands oh the Pacific, but the bulk of tho conn- i try is made up of these mountains, | which roll over one another in all sorts | of shapes, now In great gorges and | again In little hollows or nests ot I comparatively smooth land, which are covered with farms. Some of the mountaius are over two miles In height, and from one of them. Irazu. you can see the two oceans, the Atlantic and the Pacific, each being only about seventy-live miles away. That volcanic peak can be reached from Cartage, which is Just ninety miles from Llmon, and we may possi? bly as.-end It before We leave Costa Rica. Its two craters are now quiet, but they are liable at any time to burst into action. This country has nineteen volcanoes, and some of them are perpetually smoking. The average height of tho mountains, however. Is ? >nly that of the tallest peaks of the Alleghehles. and they can be cultivate,i almost to Hie tops. I 'own al Port Llmon It Is hot. It Is so tropical that the native cannot labor on account of the climate and j Jamaican negroes have been brought I tti to ab th-- hard work. Higher up we shall Itnd the people cream-white. They are the desci ndaiits of the. Oallloians, a hardy and Intelligent race from north Spain, who ar- far superior to the descendants of the Spanish of other parts of Central America, and aJso to those of the South American continent. They ate- an Independent people, and tho most of them are properly owners, and ilherty lovers. They do not be? lieve in revolutions, and for more than a generation they have had continuous peace. This can bo said of no other Central American State. I he Republic In n Nutshell, But before I take you on the trip up the mountains let me put this little land In a nutshell You know where It lies Considering Panama as tho hinge which Joins the North and South I American continents. Costa lihri. Is the lowermost country of our grand j diviston. it borders on Panama, and Just now a parly of American scten ' tlsts. headed by Mr. John llayford, the i eminent geographer and scientist, is '. mapping the boundaries which are now I In dispute. (In the north is Nicaragua, and San Jose, where 1 am writing, lies in the centre of the highlands, just I about half way between. The country, till told, contains a little more than IS.0(>0 square miles. It Is Just twice the size of Vermont or New Hampshire, j It Is twice as large as Maryland; more ; than half as big as South Carolina, ! about one-third the area of Illinois and j more than two times that of Massa? chusetts. The most of Costa Rica, as 1 have J said. Is made up of theso highlands. 'They aro so broken that they remind one of the Illustration which one of ' the explorers of the days of Columbus j gave to tho King of Spain to show him , tho character Of the Island of Haiti. That man took a sheet of paper and ! crushed it up into a ball in his hand. I Ho then pulled It apart and threw It. ; all wrinkled nnd crumpled, on the table, saving: 1 "Your Majesty, Haiti Is like, tliat." Well, the same may be said of Costa j Rica. From one end to the oilier it Is a mass Of great wrinkles and folds, but the soil whn h fills up the wrinkles ! and env.-ra the folds Is composed of j volcahip ashes and mud. ami Is one of tho richest soils upon earth. The land will produce both temperate and tropical fruits. Most of the country Is so high above the sea lh.it the climate is porpetural spring, and at far as the weather goes. It reminds one of that j Inscription which was carved on the marble room in the naluce of Delhi: I ?'If thero is a paradise on earth It Is this! It Is this! It is this!" < limbing Iba Central Imcrlcan Andes. But wo can bcO the country hotter; by taking a trip from the Atlantic sea coast up to this highland city of .San .lose. Tho Northern Hallway, which is leased by ?tho I'nlie.i Fruit Company, stalls ai Fort Union and climbs right over the mountains, it Is about ninety miles to the top of tliv pass and In thut distance we ascend almost r,,0DO feet. Tho road then toes down In the neighborhood of 2,000 feet to the capi? tal, leaving us at about three-quarters of a inllo over sea level. There Is now another road which has been continued down the westei it side of the mountains to the Pacific. That wns completed only last year, and It hna given tho country -i railroad trunk line from ocean to ocean. The fare on the Northern Railway Is about G c.-nts a mile and freight rates are comparatively high. The road la a narrow gauge, but the roadbed Is well ballasted, ami as the locomotives and other rolling Block was made in America, the trip is unite comfortable. Leaving Port Lim?n, we go out Into tho Jungle, and for tome miles skirt the Atlantic, whose silvery waves are rolling up on tho shore. On our left are many cocoanut groves, the trees: of which are so oloso to tho cats that tho nuts might fall down und crack the heads of the brakemen. After a while wo coino to the banana estate! and ride for un hour or so through ii dense forest made up of these wide tea fed rustling green plants. They | reach as high as the enrs and are so| ? lose that wb can almost pull tho fruiij ft'dm the stems. We sen them cutting the bananas and laying them oh beds Of leaves by the tracks. Later on they will be carefully corded up and transferred to i the cars. As we go on the land rlsos. We stop at Madro do I>ios, and a. little later reach the valley of the Keveniaaoti Htvcr, an emerald green stream Which flows down the wild valley which forms tho greater part of the route t? the highlands. This river winds In and out, now passing through gorges be? tween greal walls Of Pr.glit gro n. One bend. Is known as the bevii'a Elbow, and iiboye thli are precipitous greeti walls a thousand feet high. The track winds along ll'ic sides Ol them and as you look up >uur view Is bordered with emerald cliffs und roofed by tho sky Except for Its green tint the water of the river Is beautifully clear, save where It rolls over the stones, foam? ing and dashing, transforming Its emeralds to silver. A llotanlcal Garden. An then the vegetation. Our way up thi mountains la through u botani? cal garden more gorgeous and more beautiful than the famed creations of Java, Hongkong or Ceylon. The plants bliange as we rise, and wo have hun? dreds of flowers and trees the names of which we have never heard and which few Americans have ever sceh; The Jlrst purl of lite journey Is through pttlm trees. 1'nrllier on we Und tropical giants of other arboreal Vnrltles with trunks as big around as a. Hour barrel and 100 or 200 feet high. I The I'mba of some nr.- covered with I vines and their trunks are wrapped around with long llamas or vegetable ropes which extend to tho ground and tool themselves in tho earth, ,In places these llamas have vines connected with them and the trunks of tho trees seem to be draped In cloaks or man tics with great hobllo skirts of bright green. I wish I could picture the orchids. They cover the dead branches and hung from tho live ones. They are of sev? eral hundred varieties and now and, then ivb see one in "lower There are, other air plants of every description, and. in rhort. seen a dense mass of stranso luxuriant and beautiful vege? tation, Including llowers, trees and! V>nes!, that the- eye alone can comprey bond Its great beauty. U la impossible* f'U- the pen to describe It. The splendor of the mountains for-', responds with tin- vegetation. 1 havef] traveled along the Andes from Panama? to tho Straits of Magellan. Tho slopo.-f <>f the west coasl from Ecuador to Val patalso are ragged and rocky, and ut bard as the most arid parts of th? .sierra Nevadas. They ore bordcreif by the gr. at desert winch, beginning; at the south end of Ecuador, skirt* tho western coast of the south Ameri? can continent for 2,000 miles, and they are as dry as Us sands. The Andes of. Costa Un a an covered with green and? the green ends alone In the clouds. The air Is full of moisture, anu there*, are clouds everywhere. They chasai themselves along the greon canyons. They nestlo In tlie hips of the moun? tains and cover their tops. They blow? up to the railroad cars und envelop utt, lit mist, and tl moment later the loco-' motive and train shoot out Into tho pure air beyond. 1 \- i- ih 1 could show ynu the windings*, oi tins Northern railway trai k as ib goes up tho hills. It has not yet been discovered by the tourist who flies off ev< ry summer to Europa to see tin* Swiss Alps, but In many respects It equally grand with the railway* of Switzerland and the most interest? ing because it is almost unknown, The, road winds about like a corkscrew a t it climbs up th-- Centra] American mountains. It lias horseshoe curves more wonderful than those of the Penn sylvanla Railroad?curves which aro sharper and rounder and aro more like) hot-shoes, In fact. Moreover, th,- hills riso above thesel curves tor hundreds of feet, and w-j wlnd our way about what seems to bo a mighty cul-de-Sac of the densest of gren. At times we are half way ui> tho sld'Vi of a gorge and by looking down and following the lines of tho er-..-. wo . in see the Roventazon River, splashing Its silvery foam as It rolls over the holllers. In one place the eye can follow the silvery strcait for intone. i lie Coffee I'lmitatloii*. Ther.- arq hut few townh on the road it|i tho mountains. They aru mostly >? k of one story with the roof* overhanging so as to vocer tho porch li> front and behind), Outside tho porches the average house Is not more than twelve feet square and the wnole family lives In one room. In sorai I . es too see villages of '?uch house* and rising higher wo Und the comfort-, side little country ho-ies of the coffoo planters, The plantations devoted to coffee are 2.000 or 11,000 feet above tho fefi They Increase as we near San lose, and wo tlnally pass through a, ouhtry whore there is nothing but cbftee, Tho tieca aro shaded by ba? nanas or plantains They are not more than ten or twelve feet in height. They are spindling and ihe trunks at the base are about is big around as your wrist They have shining gre->n leaves like those of the hollv. and the red berles containing the-* beans aro now ripe for the picking. The berries ar? Joined close to trtfl branches with? out, stems and each onlaln the two little seeds which form the coffee of commerce, ll Is wonderful haw th* I coffee lands ate utilised. - (C ? by Crank a 'Ca/i>-.ntcr.>