Buenos Ayres Now.docx - The black sky showed that a fresh snowstormwas gathering and we therefore were not a little glad when weescaped As soon as we

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The black sky showed that a fresh snowstormwas gathering, and we therefore were not a little glad when weescaped. As soon as we anchored in Matavai Bay, wewere surrounded by canoes. tame birds at. I threw one several times as far as I could,into a deep pool left by the retiring tide; but it invariablyreturned in a direct line to the spot where I stood. A few housesand the barracks for the troops are enclosed by a deep ditch andfortified wall. In the same manner as inTierra del Fuego, the Indian language appears singularly welladapted for attaching names to the most trivial features of theland. The hovels of the natives are sodiminutive and paltry that they can scarcely be perceived from adistance. The worstfeature in the whole case is that although there exists what may becalled a legal reform, and comparatively little is committed whichthe law can touch, yet that any moral reform should take placeappears to be quite out of the question. From thiscause the tubes projected above the surface; and numerous fragmentslying near, showed that they had formerly been buried to a greaterdepth. The menwere a tall, fine race, yet it was afterwards easy to see in theFuegian savage the same countenance rendered hideous by cold, wantof food, and less civilisation. Lime, changed by lava into crystalline rock. This is a snug little harbour, not far from Cape Horn; andhere, at Christmas-eve, we anchored in smooth water. From this circumstance Concepcion, although not socompletely desolated, was a more terrible, and if I may so call it,picturesque sight. Areas of subsidence and elevation. Along the whole coast of Brazil, for a length of at least 2000miles, and certainly for a considerable space inland, whereversolid rock occurs, it belongs to a granitic formation. Yetwe Europeans all know how difficult it is to distinguish apart thesounds in a foreign language. In the Strait of Magellan, as I have beforeremarked, the country appears too cold and wet to allow of theirarriving at perfection; but in these islands, within the forest,the number of species and great abundance of mosses, lichens, andsmall ferns, is quite extraordinary. Each part assumes its proper dimensions: continents arenot looked at in the light of islands, or islands considered asmere specks, which are, in truth, larger than many kingdoms ofEurope.
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