Items of Interest

The Republic of Costa Rica has an area of 18,400 square miles and a population officially estimated at 441,342. Agriculture is the principal industry, and bananas and coffee are the chief exports. Electricity, derived from water power in the highlands, is widely used for propelling machinery, lighting, and domestic purposes, and there are said to be more kilowatts per capita than in the United States. Two railroads connect San José with the Atlantic port of Limon and the Pacific port of Punta Arenas. The products of Costa Rica are diversified on account of climatic conditions. The soil is generally fertile. The seasons are variable; the Pacific side of the divide has dry weather from December to May and rains the rest of the year, but the Atlantic side has no distinctly wet or dry season.

To meet any possible coal shortage in the West next winter, more extensive use of fuel wood from the national forests is urged by the Government's foresters. The supervisors of the 153 national forests will afford all possible facilities to local residents wishing to obtain cordwood, which settlers may obtain free for their home use, and which is sold at low rates to persons cutting and hauling in order to sell to others. During the last fiscal year more than thirty thousand permits for the free use of national forest timber, mainly in the form of fuel wood, were taken out by local residents. The amount of timber involved approximated two hundred and fifty thousand cords.

The Word Made Flesh
July 28, 1917

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