A missionary found a chief and his tribe in preparationfor war;--their muskets clean and bright, and their ammunitionready. On the road to Sydney I spent a very pleasant eveningwith Captain King at Dunheved; and thus ended my little excursionin the colony of New South Wales. The compressed sand, or porouscoral rock, is permeated like a sponge with the salt water, but therain which falls on the surface must sink to the level of thesurrounding sea, and must accumulate there, displacing an equalbulk of the salt water. The "Beagle" anchored within the mouth of the Santa Cruz. Both of them bear to the evergreenvegetation of these climates the same kind of relation whichlaurels and hollies in England do to the lighter green of thedeciduous trees. In regard to thewildness of birds towards man, there is no way of accounting forit, except as an inherited habit: comparatively few young birds, inany one year, have been injured by man in England, yet almost all,even nestlings, are afraid of him; many individuals, on the otherhand, both at the Galapagos and at the Falklands, have been pursuedand injured by man, but yet have not learned a salutary dread ofhim. Thisday I found a specimen of a curious fungus, called Hymenophallus. PLATE 52. The first questionis, whether their condition is at all one of punishment: no onewill maintain that it is a very severe one. If youreceived the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium withyour written explanation. Forests. Our guide, however, was a stupid fellow, and conducted us to thesouthern and damp side of the mountain, where the vegetation wasvery luxuriant; and where the labour of the ascent, from the numberof rotten trunks, was almost as great as on a mountain in Tierradel Fuego or in Chiloe. I have seen its footsteps in the Cordillera of centralChile, at an elevation of at least 10,000 feet. (8/2.
- Fall '18
- Denis Papin