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Jamaica II.

One of the chief differences that I notice between this country and Panama is that I never see any insects on the plants. In Panama there were always beetles, bugs, large flies, dragon flies, spiders, etc. in conspicuous position on the plants along the paths. About half of our sweeping was scooping in the parti-cular specimens that we could see as we walked along. Here these large insects are entirely lacking so far and I seldom see anything except butterflies and moths and wasps. Dragonflies are occasional and small flies [[thick?]] sometimes.
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Practically every negro woman on the street or road has a load of some sort on her head. They seem to do all the carrying of groceries, articles for sale, laundry, etc. and I saw a group of them carrying stones for road building up from the river bottoms. Two stones about eight inches square was the load, the top one having to be balanced by hand. Both women and men incessantly hawk their wares and services on the streets, including fruits & vegetables, fish, live poultry, ice cream, etc., etc., fire-wood. I've never seen them make any sales!
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Started out this morning with complete outfit
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for Hope Gardens but was caught in the rain. In the ten minutes coming home I got soaked through. The day seems to be given up to intermittent showers. If it clears off at all this evening I shall try a little light collecting. This is the first rain in several weeks.
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The light left out from 7:00 to 8:15 P.M. attracted nothing but small moths, while one June-beetle came to the porch light and was captured! The light stopped, I don't know why. Hope it didn't burn out a fuse.
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Spent the day visiting the [[Borells?]] at the large 
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Caymanas Estate, about [[strikethrough]] 15 [[/strikethrough]] 10 miles west of Kingston on the Spanish Town Road. Oscar, a taxi driver took us out for eight shillings (we gave him 
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ten). On the way we passed [[strikethrough]] the [[/strikethrough]] a particularly fine example of cotton tree. The trunk must have been twelve feet in diameter but from 
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the ground up twenty feet are large "flying buttress" roots, making the base of the tree twenty-five or thirty feet in diameter. The branches start at about twenty feet and extend horizontally for thirty feet or so. This is apparently a particularly large tree, though we saw many others almost as large.
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