formed duringearthquake. Three other insects (a Cincindela, like hybrida, aCymindis, and a Harpalus, which all live on muddy flatsoccasionally overflowed by the sea), and one other found dead onthe plain, complete the list of the beetles. The wandering tribes of horse Indians, which have alwaysoccupied the greater part of this country, having of late muchharassed the outlying estancias, the government at Buenos Ayresequipped some time since an army under the command of General Rosasfor the purpose of exterminating them. I do not believe they have one species in common;certainly the general character of the insects is widely different. There are many very beautiful flowers; and, as in mostother dry climates, the plants and shrubs possess strong andpeculiar odours--even one's clothes by brushing through them becamescented. 019 of an inch. In my collection, which includes,I believe, nearly the perfect Flora, there are twenty specieswithout reckoning a moss, lichen, and fungus. Batrachian reptiles. But it is useless to argue against such reasoners;--Ibelieve that, disappointed in not finding the field oflicentiousness quite so open as formerly, they will not give creditto a morality which they do not wish to practise, or to a religionwhich they undervalue, if not despise. Captain King alsomentions a beech which was seven feet in diameter seventeen feetabove the roots. Rocks burnished with ferruginous matter. At the twelfth posta, which isseven leagues south of the Rio Salado, we came to the firstestancia with cattle and white women. From this place we rode to the town of SanFernando. He cut off pieces of flesh with the skin to it, butwithout any bones, sufficient for our expedition. A party of six hadrun away from an American whaling vessel, and had landed a littleto the southward in a boat, which was shortly afterwards knocked topieces by the surf. Ti, liliaceous plant. The valley soon began to narrow, andthe sides to grow lofty and more precipitous. Thesky is cloudy, and we have seen how badly the fruits of southernEurope succeed. There is one small lizard belonging to aSouth American genus, and two species (and probably more) of theAmblyrhynchus--a genus confined to the Galapagos Islands.
- Fall '16
- HMS Beagle, Beagle Channel