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Across the Canal Zone line in the village of Cristobal are the cold-storage and manufacturing plants of the Com
missary system, a modern fire-station house, Cristobal. and the old French Canal headquarters, on
Cristobal point. One of these buildings was built for Charles de Lesseps, son of the Canal promoter,
and was occupied by him and other canal officials during the French regime. It is now used as offices for the Commissary system and other branches of the Canal administration. Occupying a little knoll on the point is situated
the statue of Christopher Columbus, in heroic Columbus bronze, in the attitude of protecting an Indian Statue. girl crouching by his side. It is said that he
is supposed to be explaining away the terror of the girl, but Ferdinand de Lesseps said upon the occasion of his visit in 1880. that he was learning from the Indian “the secret of the straits,” and in turn was explaining to her its profound importance. This statue was presented to Colombia in 1868 by the Empress Eugenie, and was set up in the railroad yard in Colon in 1870, but upon request of Lesseps it was removed to Cristobal point. The construction of the docks at this point will again place it in a railroad yard, and it is proposed to remove it once more, this time to set it up in the garden in front of the new Washington Hotel on Colon Beach.
Construction work in progress in front of Cristobal is. that for a system of five piers enclosing ten docks which will..
be the Atlantic terminal docks for the PanaTerminal ma Canal. Each dock will be capable of berthDocks. ing ships 1,000 feet long, and the space between
the piers (300 feet) will be sufficient to allow two ships to enter and dock at one time without danger of collision.
Across the bay from Cristobal is the canal settlement. of Toro Point, where live the men who are constructing.
the breakwater at the entrance to the canal, Toro Point. and those who are building the fortifications,
which are to guard the west side of the entrance. The fortifications for the east side will be on Margarita Island, about a mile north of Manzanillo Island on which Colon is situated. In what may be considered the: back yard of the city are situated the Panama railroad shops, where the railroad equipment is erected and repaired.
Farther south along the line of the railroad are the unloading docks for canal supplies, the dry dock and marine Mount Hope.
shop at Mount Hope, and the main store
house for canal and railroad supplies. Here Shops, Store
also, on the east side of the railroad, covering house, ceme
the knoll opposite thé warehouse, is the Mount tery.
Hope Cemetery, which has been the burying:
ground of Colon and Cristobal from their beginning original name was Mount Hope, although there was a during the French regime when it was referred to as key Hill, on account of the presence there, in early of a number of the monkeys which are found in the all over the Isthmus.
At the Marine Shop the French erected the di and other equipment with which they carried on the A tic entrance work. Their plant was enlarged and th dock rebuilt by the Americans so that the equipment no use in the Atlantic entrance could be repaired. Five dre half a dozen tugs, a fleet of barges, and a dozen small laun are kept in repair here. The work is in charge of Maj. C ter Harding, Assistant Division Engineer.
The original storehouse at Mount Hope was burne April, 1907, and the main building, erected immediately af wards, is of sheet iron with concrete fire walls dividing it i compartments which are connected by automatically cí ing doors. The stores consist of 12 buildings with 249, square feet of space, and the stock on hand in 1912 was valı at two million dollars. One of the parts is a modern prij ‘ing plant under the management of an American printer, N Albert P. E. Doyle. Its work includes The Canal Reco; the Official Handbook, The Panama Guide, and all the statione and other work of the Canal and Railroad, except the ai nual reports. Along the old French canal are the unload ing docks with berths for three ships, and here nine tenth of the Canal freight is unloaded. The initial accounting foj all this freight is done at the Mount Hope Depot, by the stafi of the Depot Quartermaster, Capt. Courtland Nixon, who is in charge of the storehouses, printery, and docks, but 90 per cent of the freight is delivered direct to its destination along the Canal, only a small part being kept at Mount Hope.
A shopper's guide to Colon is published herewith, and by referring to the map of the city the tourist can readily
find the location of any shop with relation to Shopping and one of the principal buildings of the city. Eating in Colon. In general it will be found that European and
Asiatic goods are cheaper here than in stores in the United States, but considerably more costly than in European cities. There are a number of novelty shops in which souvenirs of the Isthmus are sold, but one will find very little that is characteristic of Panama because there are few industries in the Republic other than agriculture.