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It seems, therefore, mostprobable that at a period when the land stood at a lower levelthere was a plain very similar to that now surrounding Callao,which, being protected by a shingle beach, is raised but verylittle above the level of the sea. Hooker "Botanical Magazine" volume 40 page 2862, has describeda variety of the Cynara from this part of South America under thename of inermis. The astonishment at the compass, and my otherfeats of jugglery, was to a certain degree advantageous, as withthat, and the long stories my guides told of my breaking stones,knowing venomous from harmless snakes, collecting insects, etc. They are of an excellent flavour--perhaps evenbetter than those cultivated in England; and this I believe is thehighest compliment which can be paid to any fruit. The whole of this eastern side of Chiloe has oneaspect; it is a plain, broken by valleys and divided into littleislands, and the whole thickly covered with one imperviousblackish- green forest. This was curiously exhibited in the wakeof the vessel, where a line of blue water was seen mingling inlittle eddies with the adjoining fluid. Myopotamus Coypus. des Iles Canaries. Theysoon become tame, and are very amusing from their cunning oddmanners, which were described to me as being similar to those ofthe common magpie. I lost some of the specimens, but those which Ipreserved belonged to the genera Colymbetes, Hydroporus, Hydrobius(two species), Notaphus, Cynucus, Adimonia, and Scarabaeus. I have seen a number of little boys practising thisart as a game of play, and from their skill in hitting an uprightstick, they promised well for more earnest attempts. (11/17. ) On oneoccasion I saw two of these monsters, probably male and female,slowly swimming one after the other, within less than a stone'sthrow of the shore, over which the beech-tree extended itsbranches. On the road we met with none ofthat humble politeness so universal in Chiloe. Thisposta was commanded by a negro lieutenant, born in Africa: to hiscredit be it said, there was not a ranche between the Colorado andBuenos Ayres in nearly such neat order as his. (5/11. I am sure that this extreme clearness of the air gives apeculiar character to the landscape, all objects appearing to bebrought nearly into one plane, as in a drawing or panorama. The cattle, instead of having degenerated like the horses, seem, asbefore remarked, to have increased in size; and they are much morenumerous than the horses. Ornithology of Galapagos. Then instantly dashing on, rightbehind them, he buried his knife in the back of one, wounded theother, recovered his horse from the dying robber, and rode home.
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