During astormy night the cattle all mingle together; but the next morningthe tropillas separate as before; so that each animal must know itsfellow out of ten thousand others. Thesight of so much fern impresses the mind with an idea of sterility:this, however, is not correct; for wherever the fern grows thickand breast-high, the land by tillage becomes productive. Oneof the rules of this mine sounds very harsh, but answers prettywell for the master. At MonteVideo, from which we had just before sailed, in the twenty-threedays included between the 26th of July and the 19th of August, themean temperature from 276 observations was 58. ) The quartz rock must have been quite pasty when it underwentsuch remarkable flexures without being shattered into fragments. The level plains of arid shinglesupport the same stunted and dwarf plants; and in the valleys thesame thorn- bearing bushes grow. )The "Beagle" stayed here ten days, and in this time I made severalpleasant little excursions, chiefly with the object of examiningthe geological structure of the immediate neighbourhood. The valley in thisupper part expanded into a wide basin, bounded on the north andsouth by the basaltic platforms, and fronted by the long range ofthe snow-clad Cordillera. W. The hardest rock is worn into impalpable mud, theordinary metals oxidate, and both are removed; but gold, platina,and a few others are nearly indestructible, and from their weight,sinking to the bottom, are left behind. I took leave of the missionaries with thankfulness fortheir kind welcome, and with feelings of high respect for theirgentlemanlike, useful, and upright characters. DOWN, BROMLEY, KENT,June 1845. It is called Tapacolo, or "cover your posterior;" andwell does the shameless little bird deserve its name; for itcarries its tail more than erect, that is, inclined backwardstowards its head. PLATE 10. Great wave. According to my views, St. They lie either scatteredand single, in which case they are never hatched, and are called bythe Spaniards huachos; or they are collected together into ashallow excavation, which forms the nest. Douglas says that no one can be consideredas possessing a regular income. Its noiseis different from that of the Maldonado kind; it is repeated onlytwice instead of three or four times, and is more distinct andsonorous: when heard from a distance it so closely resembles thesound made in cutting down a small tree with an axe, that I havesometimes remained in doubt concerning it. On a
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