Porto Praya. )(PLATE 35. Eyes of tucutuco and mole. New Caledonia, reef of. In some places a continuous streamof these fragments followed up the course of a valley, and evenextended to the very crest of the hill. In an open countryit is first entangled with the bolas, then lazoed, and draggedalong the ground till rendered insensible. Although having poor sport, we enjoyed a pleasant ride. Hammond, to survey the western parts of the BeagleChannel, and afterwards to return and visit the settlement. The dust falls in such quantities as to dirty everythingon board, and to hurt people's eyes; vessels even have run on shoreowing to the obscurity of the atmosphere. I was astonished to find that this conglomerate waspartly composed of pebbles, derived from the rocks, with theirfossil shells, of the Peuquenes range; and partly of redpotash-granite, like that of the Portillo. One old woman with a little boy, four or five years old, raninto a boat, but there was nobody to row it out: the boat wasconsequently dashed against an anchor and cut in twain; the oldwoman was drowned, but the child was picked up some hoursafterwards clinging to the wreck. The shortdifference in latitude, of 150 miles, has given a new aspect to theforest compared with that of Chiloe. subsidence of. Antonio chasing a diver, which tried to escape by diving andflying, but was continually struck down, and at last killed by ablow on its head. Burchell observed to me that whenentering Brazil, nothing struck him more forcibly than thesplendour of the South American vegetation contrasted with that ofSouth Africa, together with the absence of all large quadrupeds. On the other hand, the houses themselves arehollow squares; all the rooms opening into a neat little courtyard. In the evening, the wind being not quite fair, asusual we immediately moored, and the next day, as
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