Aborigines all banished. The spider now examines the powerless victim, and givesthe fatal bite on the hinder part of its thorax; then retreating,patiently waits till the poison has taken effect. Rode with my host to his estancia, at the Arroyo de San Juan. This is a very pretty spot. A bad earthquake at once destroys our oldest associations: theearth, the very emblem of solidity, has moved beneath our feet likea thin crust over a fluid;--one second of time has created in themind a strange idea of insecurity, which hours of reflection wouldnot have produced. The inhabitants, when walking in the lower district, andovercome with thirst, often take advantage of this circumstance,and drink the contents of the bladder if full: in oneI saw killed,the fluid was quite limpid, and had only a very slightly bittertaste. Eighthly, atooth of a Pachydermatous animal, probably the same with theMacrauchenia, a huge beast with a long neck like a camel, which Ishall also refer to again. When the thistles are full
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Corcovado, Cordillera havebeen, Arroyo de San Juan