The power which the government possesses, by means of forcedlabour, of at once opening good roads throughout the country, hasbeen, I believe, one main cause of the early prosperity of thiscolony. ) From the absence of allcarbonaceous matter, Professor Ehrenberg believes that theseorganic bodies have passed through the volcanic fire, and have beenerupted in the state in which we now see them. luxuriant, not necessary tosupport large animals. While watching some that were suspended by asingle thread, I several times observed that the slightest breathof air bore them away out of sight, in a horizontal line. The miner by this means watched the very point amongst therubbish where the stone lay. With respect to the northern limit atwhich the climate allows of that peculiar kind of slowdecomposition which is necessary for its production, I believe thatin Chiloe (latitude 41 to 42 degrees), although there is muchswampy ground, no well-characterised peat occurs: but in the ChonosIslands, three degrees farther southward, we have seen that it isabundant. As they are seen only veryearly in the morning, when the ground is slightly damp with dew,the Guasos believe that they are bred from it. The short breathing from the rarefied atmosphereis called by the Chilenos "puna;" and they have most ridiculousnotions concerning its origin. Indian ruins. At sea the albatrossand little petrel fly as if the storm were their proper sphere, thewater rises and sinks as if fulfilling its usual task, the shipalone and its inhabitants seem the objects of wrath. In some countries foreignersand natives are as differently affected by certain contagiousdisorders as if they had been different animals; of which fact someinstances have occurred in Chile; and according to Humboldt inMexico "Political Essay New Spain" volume 4. Granite mountains, Tres Montes. On the11th of January, 1833, by carrying a press of sail, we fetchedwithin a few miles of the great rugged mountain of York Minster (socalled by Captain Cook, and the origin of the name of the elderFuegian), when a violent squall compelled us to shorten sail andstand out to sea. The following table gives the mean temperature of Tierra delFuego, the Falkland Islands, and, for
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