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So soon does any trainof ideas become habitual, that the missionaries told me that evenin their eyes a plain face looked mean, and not like that of a NewZealand gentleman. Patagonica of d'Orbigny, which frequents the valleys clothed withspiny bushes, is a wilder bird, and has a slightly different toneof voice. We slept in the village of Luxan, which is asmall place surrounded by gardens, and forms the most southerncultivated district in the Province of Mendoza; it is five leaguessouth of the capital. In some specimens, small but perfect spheres ofbrownish granular matter supplied the places of the septa; and Iobserved the curious process by which they were produced. In their habits they well supply theplace of our carrion-crows, magpies, and ravens; a tribe of birdswidely distributed over the rest of the world, but entirely absentin South America. The luxuries of life are inabundance, and very little dearer than in England, and mostarticles of food are cheaper. Inthe upper region they live chiefly on the acid and astringentberries of the guayavita, under which trees I have seen theselizards and the huge tortoises feeding together. The man often shouted to me to spur him. I amusedmyself one day by observing the springing powers of this insect,which have not, as it appears to me, been properly described. Lieutenant Hutton has describeda sphex with similar habits in India, in the "Journal of theAsiatic Society" volume 1 page 555. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. On the first night we slept at a retired little country-house; andthere I soon found out that I possessed two or three articles,especially a pocket compass, which created unbounded astonishment. I may here mention, as showing on what various kindsof food owls subsist, that a species killed among the islets of theChonos Archipelago had its stomach full of good-sized crabs. Myattention was called to it
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