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Jordan, John Woolf 1840- Antiquarian; born in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 14, 1840; graduated at Nazareth Hall in 1856; became editor of the Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography. He is the author of Friedensthal and its stockaded Mill; A Moravian chronicle, 1749-67; Bethlehem during the Revolution; The military hospitals at Bethlehem and Lititz during the Revolution; Occupation of New York by the British, 1775–;83, et
Porto Rico. The city is regularly built—the central part almost exclusively of brick houses and the suburbs of wood. It is the residence of the military commander and the seat of an official chamber of commerce. There is an appellate criminal court, besides other courts; two churches —one Protestant, said to be the only one in the Spanish West Indies—two hospitals besides the military hospitals, a home of refuge for the old and poor, a perfectly equipped fire department, a bank, Sugar-Mill near Ponce. a theatre, three first-class hotels, and gasworks. The inhabitants are principally occupied in mercantile pursuits; but carpenters, bricklayers, joiners, tailors, shoemakers, and barbers find good employment. The chief occupations of the people are the cultivation of sugar, cocoa, tobacco, and oranges, and the breeding of cattle. Commercially, Ponce is the second city of importance on the island. A fine road leads to the port (Playa), where all the import and export trade is t<