(7/1. Two or three flat pieces of ground near thehouse were cleared and cultivated with corn, which the harvest-menwere now reaping: but no more wheat is sown than sufficient for theannual support of the labourers employed on the establishment. The appearanceresembled the reflection of the moon, or some luminous body; forthe edges were sinuous from the undulations of the surface. We must therefore conclude that it percolatesunder ground from the Cordillera, though distant many leagues. The whole of this northern part of AlbemarleIsland is miserably sterile. The strip of dry land is only a few hundred yards in width;on the lagoon side there is a white calcareous beach, the radiationfrom which under this sultry climate was very oppressive; and onthe outer coast a solid broad flat of coral-rock served to breakthe violence of the open sea. Terrestrial Planariae. Drigg, lightning tubes at. Lastly, Azara states that severalCarranchas, five or six together, will unite in chase of largebirds, even such as herons. Pedro. Miasma is not always produced bya luxuriant vegetation with an ardent climate; for many parts ofBrazil, even where there are marshes and a rank vegetation, aremuch more healthy than this sterile coast of Peru. The winds in these lofty regions obey very regular laws;every day a fresh breeze blows up the valley, and at night, an houror two after sunset, the air from the cold regions above descendsas through a funnel. Was a more horrid deed ever perpetrated, than that witnessed on thewest coast by Byron, who saw a wretched mother pick up her bleedingdying infant-boy, whom her husband had mercilessly dashed on thestones for dropping a basket of sea-eggs! How little can the higherpowers of the mind be brought into play: what is there forimagination to picture, for reason to compare, for judgment todecide upon? to knock a limpet from the rock does not require evencunning, that lowest power of the mind. Before morning it rained very heavily; but the good thatch ofbanana-leaves kept us dry.
- Spring '18
- Río Negro Province