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December 19, 1899

Speaking of our life on this ranch—all get up at 6 o’clock in the morning, and afterwards breakfast is prepared. Breakfast takes from 9 to 10 o’clock, after which the time is devoted to a conversation, groups of 8 to 10 individuals being formed. At 3 o’cIock they go away and prepare dinner. When it is cooked we wait until 5 o’clock in the afternoon to dine. After dinner there is a conversation again until 8 o’clock, when we go to rest.

“The banane breakfast”—such has been termed the breakfast eaten every morning during the stay of the honorable president and his family at this settlement. It is of a flavor agreeable to the palate, light and very digestible, cheap and easily prepared. This breakfast has been preferred by all those who have tried it, and also by the honorable president everywhere he has gone in these mountains, and it consists of the following: Coffee with milk; fried “camotes,” 5 to 7 milimeters in diameter; butter. It was named by the honorable president.