WHAT IS SOUTH AMERICA LIKE?
IT is not difficult to find scores of our fellow citizens qualified to discourse knowingly and in detail of Europe, its cities, its peoples, its life, and its civilization. But how few, how pitifully few of us know anything at all about Latin America, and most of that few have gathered their meagre store of information through a winter trip to the West Indies, the Panama Canal, or certain northern ports of South America. The result is that as a nation we are either ignorant of our neighbors of the great Southland, or else we picture them in a landscape of palms beneath the sultry rays of a tropical sun, rolling cigarettes, and occasionally ejaculating, "mañana"! Sometimes this languid scene is enlivened by a revolution. But this picture is as far from the real facts as are most pictures painted by ignorant artists.
On the subject of revolutions I am perhaps a prejudiced witness, for although there were none to be seen during my two years' stay in South America,