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Frontispiece----Present Isthmian (anal Commission.
THE PUBLISHER'S ANNOUNCEMENT,
In submitting this, the first edition of the Pilot and Guide, the publisher does so, with the firm belief that it will meet with the approbation of its readers. He has departed somewhat from the beaten path of this class of books for the express. purpose of meeting an insistent public demand, that of a work that will enable people interested in Panama and the Isthmian Canal to gain it clear and adequate conception of what has occurred, and is now taking place. Books have been published, and some of them very good ones, on various phases of Isthmiạn history and events, but the publisher has tried and believes that he has succeeded in massing more "meat of the Isthmian cocoanut," than has ever before been printed between the covers of a book whose title page bears the well known name of “Panama."
To accomplish this end has been no small task. It has been a case of book-building from the ground up. Information and facts had to be hunted out of musty