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I here saw a very extraordinary bird, called theScissor-beak (Rhynchops nigra). Assoon as it arrived near the edge, but still being under water, ittried to conceal itself in the tufts of sea-weed, or it enteredsome crevice. By the aid of strips of barkfor rope, the stems of bamboos for rafters, and the large leaf ofthe banana for a thatch, the Tahitians in a few minutes built us anexcellent house; and with withered leaves made a soft bed. We were also surprised at seeinglarge booksellers' shops, with well-stored shelves;--music andreading bespeak our approach to the old world of civilisation; forin truth both Australia and America are new worlds. In the evening the weather was quite tropical, the thermometerstanding at 79 degrees. Leave Australia. The sand was extremely hot; thethermometer placed in some of a brown colour immediately rose to137 degrees, and how much above that it would have risen I do notknow for it was not graduated any higher. If the number ofeggs in one of these nests is, as I believe, not greater on anaverage than the number laid by one female in the season, thenthere must be as many nests as females, and each cock bird willhave its fair share of the labour of incubation; and that during aperiod when the females probably could not sit, from not havingfinished laying. The man, afterLuciano had had his talk, was allowed to escape. Where on the face of the earth can we finda spot on which close investigation will not discover signs of thatendless cycle of change, to which this earth has been, is, and willbe subjected?On leaving Ascension, we sailed for Bahia, on the coast of Brazil,in order to complete the chronometrical measurement of the world. This lasted rather longer than acordial shake of the hand with us, and as we vary the force of thegrasp of the hand in shaking, so do they in pressing. The poor people formerly used to burn a plant whichgrows on the coast-rocks, and export the soda from its ashes; but aperemptory order came out prohibiting this practice, and giving asa reason that the partridges would have nowhere to build!In my walks I passed more than once over the grassy plain, boundedby deep valleys,
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