SEPTEMBER 15, 1835. The ring-formed reef of the lagoon-island is surmounted in thegreater part of its length by linear islets. Rat, only aboriginal animal of New Zealand. Cordillera, appearance of. "When we arrived at the head of the lagoon we crossed a narrow isletand found a great surf breaking on the windward coast. We then rode on in peace and quietness to a low point calledPunta Alta, whence we could see nearly the whole of the greatharbour of Bahia Blanca. When wereached the crest and looked backwards, a glorious view waspresented. Over the horizon of trees, the volcanoof Corcovado, and the great flat- topped one to the north, stood outin proud pre-eminence: scarcely another peak in the long rangeshowed its snowy summit. Gill, therefore, wasmuch astonished, when walking up the bed of this ancient river, tofind himself suddenly going down hill. AUGUST 17, 1834. But the President, during our stay, sold the brass guns, andproceeded to dismantle parts of it. Itnot unfrequently happened that we were obliged to kill, withstones, the poultry for our own supper. Near Keeling Atoll, in the Indian Ocean, I observed many littlemasses of confervae a few inches square, consisting of longcylindrical threads of excessive thinness, so as to be barelyvisible to the naked eye, mingled with other rather larger bodies,finely conical at both ends. PLATE 60. It is marvellous how such strong animals as deer couldthus have been killed; but I have no doubt, from the evidence Ihave given, that the story is not in the least exaggerated. After a long gallop, having changed horses twice, we reachedthe Rio Sauce: it is a deep, rapid, little stream, not abovetwenty-five feet wide. And when the old bloody- minded tyrant is gone to hislong account, Paraguay will be torn by revolutions, violent inproportion to the previous unnatural calm.
- Spring '18