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10 rather definite questions about my plans for the visit; all this in Spanish. He was intelligently interested, with a practical eye to possibilities for the not too remote future. Feb.7. Mr. Eder ate breakfast with us, and showed us that we could have both piña and jugo de naranja just for the asking. He thinks that the agriculture of the Cauca valley cannot last much more than two generations longer, unless something is done to stop the reckless wood-cutting and the erosion that follows. He was joined by a Mr. Marshall, who exports gold and platinum from the Chocó. As we left the dining room we met Dr. and Mrs. Goodspeed, and talked with them a few minutes in the lounge; Thomas Harper Goodspeed, University of California botanist, beginning a tour of South America to lecture on gardens and collect plants for the University Arboretum. Don Luis called for us at 9.30 and we took the inevitable taxi to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, stopping outside the building to look at the window from which Bolívar escaped while La Manuelita talked with the would-be assassins at the door. We waited in a second floor anteroom with old mirrors in a queer slanted crescent shape, and a large portrait of Suárez. Dr. Luis López de Mesa received us in his office, a large square wood-paneled room with low book shelves all around the walls; it had a Pan American Union calendar. He was interested in biological control and the relation of systematics to economics. He asked very meaty questions, some in English, more in Spanish. [[IMAGE: Photograph, held on with black "photo corners." Rooftops with cupola of San Ignacio figuring prominently]] [[caption]]Cupola of San Ignacio[[/caption]] Someone from the Consular service showed us through the building. The part occupied by the offices was formerly the Convent of San Carlos, a part of the Church of San Carlos. When Carlos III persecuted the Jesuits in 1767, both the convent and church changed their names to San Ignacio. Later, the convent changed back but the church still remains San Ignacio. The furniture consisted mostly of large heavy pieces of beautiful old carved wood, very dark. The patio had a formal garden. We stood on the second floor corridor of the patio to see where the wall was cut away at the back of the patio; near us in a corner of
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