I suggested this; but all the answer I could extort was,"Quien sabe?" His head and eye never for a minute ceased scanningslowly the distant horizon. To finish with the zoology: the fifteen kinds of sea-fish which Iprocured here are all new species; they belong to twelve genera,all widely distributed, with the exception of Prionotus, of whichthe four previously known species live on the eastern side ofAmerica. AUGUST 18, 1834. Herds sometimesappear to set out on exploring parties: at Bahia Blanca, where,within thirty miles of the coast, these animals are extremelyunfrequent, I one day saw the tracks of thirty or forty, which hadcome in a direct line to a muddy salt-water creek. The highestpoint is only fifty feet above the level of the sea, and the entirecircumference is under three-quarters of a mile. From the Rio de las Vacas to the Puente del Incas, half a day'sjourney. The style, however, in which they were commenced shows the strongand liberal hand of Spain in the old time. Without doubt several hundredthousand animals thus perished in the river: their bodies whenputrid were seen floating down the stream; and many in allprobability were deposited in the estuary of the Plata. Red snow. EYRE SOUND. Erratic blocks, how transported. Each timethey draw their breath they utter an articulate cry of "ay-ay,"which ends in a sound rising from deep in the chest, but shrilllike the note of a fife. Gay, a zealous and able naturalist, was thenoccupied in studying every branch of natural history throughout thekingdom of Chile. After passing through some cultivated country, we entered a forestwhich in the grandeur of all its parts could not be exceeded. While in the soft state it must have been pushed upthrough the overlying beds. The young bulls generally run away for a shortdistance; but the old ones do not stir a step, except to rush atman and horse; and many horses have been thus killed. At first I was inclined to believe that this superficialbed,
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