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What shall we say of theextinction of the horse? Did those plains fail of pasture, whichhave since been overrun by thousands and hundreds of thousands ofthe descendants of the stock introduced by the Spaniards? Have thesubsequently introduced species consumed the food of the greatantecedent races? Can we believe that the Capybara has taken thefood of the Toxodon, the Guanaco of the Macrauchenia, the existingsmall Edentata of their numerous gigantic prototypes? Certainly, nofact in the long history of the world is so startling as the wideand repeated exterminations of its inhabitants. Strongly rooted, indeed, must that tree have been,which could have resisted such force! The Mylodon, moreover, wasfurnished with a long extensile tongue like that of the giraffe,which, by one of those beautiful provisions of nature, thus reacheswith the aid of its long neck its leafy food. A good cart-roadleads from the coast-settlement to the houses, gardens, and fields,placed near the summit of the central mountain. It will not easily be imagined how pleasant the sight ofblack mud was to us, after having been so long accustomed to theparched soil of Peru and Northern Chile. I will not attempt to describe what tookplace, after the interesting account given by Captain Fitz Roy. The short space of sixty years has made anastonishing difference in the facility of distant navigation. In the wooded island ofChiloe, which has an extremely humid climate, this little bird,skipping from side to side amidst the dripping foliage, is perhapsmore abundant than almost any other kind. In the Pacific this species, or one with closelyallied habits, is said to inhabit a single coral island north ofthe Society group. view of, from the Andes. PORT FAMINE, MAGELLAN. Thesky, by night and by day, was cloudless, excepting a few roundlittle masses of vapour, that floated over the highest pinnacles. )At Port St.
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