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is easy to reach [[red underline]] Colon [[/red underline]] which altho' situated within the zone belongs to the [[red underline]] Republic of Panama. [[/red underline]] Wines liquors and beer are freely sold in Colon altho' [[red underline]] strict prohibition reigns [[/red underline]] in Christobal and the whole zone.
It was [[strikethrough]] very [[/strikethrough]] dark and my walk thru the street leading to the [[red underline]] Washington Hotel [[/red underline]] led along a row of interesting stores mostly kept by [[red underline]] East Indian [[/red underline]] some by [[red underline]] Chinamen or Japanese [[/red underline]] Photo-shows, vaudevilles, bars, cafes etc but everything very orderly and streets cleaner and better kept than in most tropical cities I have visited. [[red underline]] Hotel Washington [[/red underline]] well built, well ventilated and very clean Am told every room is taken Came back aboard about
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10P.M. Pleasant breeze. My cabin has floor heated by some lower steam pipe. [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough]] the breeze was on the other side of the ship nevertheless the night was not uncomfortable but I kept electric fan blowing.
[[red underline]] Not a mosquito [[/red underline]] nor a fly to bother me neither in dock nor in Colon city. All this [[red underline]] used to be the great pesthole. [[/red underline]]
Feb. 7. Our ship left the dock at day break. I hurriedly [[strikethrough]] out there [[/strikethough]] put on some clothes to follow the entrance to the Canal. A beautiful day. and very pleasant temperature a gentle breeze blowing. [[red underline]] could not wish any better. [[/red underline]] This is the [[red underline]] "dry" [[/red underline]] season and rain has been scarce of late.
A [[red underline]] Japanese [[/red underline]] steamer is just 
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