Although night and day the waves of the open Atlantic, turbidwith sediment, are driven against the steep outside edges of thiswall of stone, yet the oldest pilots know of no tradition of anychange in its appearance. MARCH 18, 1835. Their sufferings had been verygreat, and one of their party had lost his life by falling from thecliffs. When we were onshore the party looked rather alarmed, but continued talking andmaking gestures with great rapidity. Excepting what was discovered at that time, scarcely anything wasknown about this large river. The very generaltoleration of foreign religions, the regard paid to the means ofeducation, the freedom of the press, the facilities offered to allforeigners, and especially, as I am bound to add, to every oneprofessing the humblest pretensions to science, should berecollected with gratitude by those who have visited Spanish SouthAmerica. This substance, when dry, is tolerably compact,and of little specific gravity: Professor Ehrenberg has examinedit: he states "Konig Akad. From that moment, also, the neighbouringplain must have lost its fertilising stream, and become a desert. Iheard the forecoming rumble, but from the screams of the ladies,the running of the servants, and the rush of several of thegentlemen to the doorway, I could not distinguish the motion. But it should always be recollected, that in some other countryperhaps they are essential members of society, or at some formerperiod may have been so. The fragments which had fallen from the glacierinto the water were floating away, and the channel with itsicebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a miniature likenessof the Polar Sea. Itis the man who has his arm on Robert's breast. But when once on thesandstone platform, the scenery becomes exceedingly monotonous;each side of the road is bordered by scrubby trees of thenever-failing Eucalyptus family; and with the exception of two orthree small inns, there are no houses or cultivated land; the road,moreover, is solitary; the most frequent object being abullock- waggon, piled up with bales of wool. Near Maldonado these birds were tame and bold; theyconstantly attended the country houses in numbers, to pick the meatwhich was hung up on the posts or walls: if any other small birdjoined the feast, the Calandria soon chased it away.
- Fall '18
- Tierra del Fuego