I have before alluded to a crab which lives on the cocoa-nuts; itis very common on all parts of the dry land, and grows to amonstrous size: it is closely allied or identical with the Birgoslatro. This, however, was quite sufficient: I was a good listener, anagreeable person, and he never ceased talking to me. They kept theirbills wide open, and the lower mandible half buried in the water. ); but the presence of other insects makes thecase distinct, and even less intelligible. Before seeing them, I had no idea that any trees could cast soblack a shade on the ground. A shorttime before, a body of Indians had travelled past in the night; ifthey had been aware of the posta, our black friend and his foursoldiers would assuredly have been slaughtered. Before proceeding any farther, I will here puttogether a few observations made at sea. Near the town, asif to complete nature's defence, small forts and guns fill up everygap in the rugged rocks. Rosa. The short breathing from the rarefied atmosphereis called by the Chilenos "puna;" and they have most ridiculousnotions concerning its origin. Reptiles absent in Tierra del Fuego. In the evening, with a gentle land-breeze, a course was steered forNew Zealand; and as the sun set, we had a farewell view of themountains of Tahiti--the island to which every voyager has offeredup his tribute of admiration. A town in astate of blockade must always be a disagreeable place of residence;in this case moreover there were constant apprehensions fromrobbers within. We afterwards found that the matestuttered: I suppose all hands were assisting him in giving hisorders. This island is about ninety miles long, with a breadth of ratherless than thirty. Purchas's"Collection of Voyages. " These lattercircumstances were observed in the Bay of Valparaiso during theearthquake of 1822; they may, I think, be accounted for by thedisturbance of the mud at the bottom of the sea containing organicmatter in decay. Of waders and water-birds I was
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- Fall '16
- Tierra del Fuego