Azara has evendoubted whether the Pampas Indians ever used bows. Norhad those antagonistic forces been dormant, which are always atwork wearing down the surface of the land; the great piles ofstrata had been intersected by many wide valleys, and the trees,now changed into silex, were exposed projecting from the volcanicsoil, now changed into rock, whence formerly, in a green andbudding state, they had raised their lofty heads. Of our ten animals, six wereintended for riding, and four for carrying cargoes, each takingturn about. Audubon, M. multiplication of. Julian: in the morning light winds with muchrain, followed by a very heavy squall with rain,--settled intoheavy gale with large cumuli,--cleared up, blowing very strong fromsouth-south-west. In many parts of SouthAmerica, wherever the climate is moderately dry, theseincrustations occur; but I have nowhere seen them so abundant asnear Bahia Blanca. Scoresby, Mr. The mayor-domoat Quiriquina told me that the first notice he received of it, wasfinding both the horse he rode and himself rolling together on theground. Thegenus Hyla has its toes terminated by small suckers; and I foundthis animal could crawl up a pane of glass, when placed absolutelyperpendicular. "Travels" volume 1 page 374. It is asserted that at suchtimes they are occasionally fierce, and even dangerous, and thatthey have been known to attack a man on horseback, trying to kickand leap on him. It was now thebeginning of winter, and I never saw a more cheerless prospect; thedusky woods, piebald with snow, could be only seen indistinctlythrough a drizzling hazy atmosphere. The hovel was here remarkably neat, the posts and raftersbeing made of about a dozen dry thistle-stalks bound together withthongs of hide; and by the support of these Ionic-like columns, theroof and sides were thatched with reeds. The general, the very
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- Spring '18
- Volcanic rock, Azara