The road passed overthe level but narrow plain, bounded on one side by lofty hills, andon the other by the Cordillera. Having ascended the steep coast-mountains by azigzag sandy track, we soon came in view of the mines of Guantajayaand St. The host, talking about the state of Chile as compared toother countries, was very humble: "Some see with two eyes, and somewith one, but for my part I do not think that Chile sees with any. As this storm passed overthe forests which surround the Corcovado, the sound produced by thedrops pattering on the countless multitude of leaves was veryremarkable, it could be heard at the distance of a quarter of amile, and was like the rushing of a great body of water. Hymenophallus. It is, however, doubtfulhow far this idea will explain the circumstance of torrents of rainfalling in the dry season during several days, after an earthquakeunaccompanied by an eruption; such cases seem to bespeak some moreintimate connexion between the atmospheric and subterraneanregions. In another elegant little coralline (Crisia?) each cell wasfurnished with a long-toothed bristle, which had the power ofmoving quickly. The inhabitants became dreadfully enraged, and declaringthat none but heretics would thus "eat God Almighty," proceeded totorture some Englishmen, with the intention of afterwards shootingthem. The climbing up such rough rocks was very fatiguing; thesides were so indented, that what was gained in one five minuteswas often lost in the next. The dark ragged clouds were rapidly driven overthe mountains, from their summits nearly down to their bases. The ore when broughtout of the mine is broken into pieces, and the useless stone thrownon one side. Land-shells. Bug of Pampas. I observed,however, one remarkable circumstance, namely, that many of thesurfaces presented every degree of freshness--some appearing as ifbroken the day before, whilst on others lichens had either justbecome, or had long grown, attached. I dissected severalspecimens: the gizzard, which was very muscular, contained beetles,vegetable fibres, and pebbles. Hehas been kind enough to give me the following interesting results:of the ninety shells, no less than forty- seven are unknownelsewhere--a wonderful fact, considering how widely distributedsea- shells generally are. It is asserted that in Sweden, which any one would have thought amore
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