DENTISTRY IN THE OLD NAVY
By Surgeon F. M. Bogan, U. S. Navy
"Talking about pulling teeth," said a naval surgeon, "the most remarkable extraction I ever made was down on the Mosquito coast. I was on a gunboat which had taken down surveyors who were trying to find the best place for the Isthmian Canal. At San Bias the Indians were hostile, so our captain anchored there for awhile to protect the surveyors.
"The Indians used to come out in their canoes and remain all day gazing silently at the gunboat. They caught many fish and we could see chickens ashore, but we could not induce them to barter or sell anything. And I can tell you we would have given a good deal for a fresh egg or two.