National Geographic : 1897 May
COSTA RICA kinds of shells. Their beds are placed on platforms well up under the roof. The floor is the naked earth. Hammocks are strung about, always occupied, for Costa Rican Indians are not fond of work. The most interesting character in Talamanca is Antonio Sandano, the king, to whom the government accords the absolute sovereignty of the Talamanca Indians. The rainfall of Costa Rica is somewhat greater than that of the United States. There is a dry season and a wet season every year, but the rains are never constant, nor are they ever entirely IN TALAMANCA, COSTA RICA absent; indeed, the atmospheric moisture is reliable and droughts never affect plants. It is well to become acquainted with a fact that seems rather curious in reference to rain; it is the one that attracts the attention of foreigners, who in visiting Central America expect to see rain pouring down constantly. The rain begins at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, continuing from a half hour to three hours. But what rain! It seems as though the dikes of the heavenly reservoirs had been torn asunder. An other peculiarity still, when it rains on the eastern slope it is clear on the western, and vice versa.