Azara has evendoubted whether the Pampas Indians ever used bows. Julian these great petrels were seenkilling and devouring young gulls. In this part of Chilethere are two passes across the Andes to Mendoza: the one mostcommonly used, namely, that of Aconcagua or Uspallata--is situatedsome way to the north; the other, called the Portillo, is to thesouth, and nearer, but more lofty and dangerous. The second day after our return to the anchorage, a party ofofficers and myself went to ransack an old Indian grave, which Ihad found on the summit of a neighbouring hill. I do not here mention the minute gelatinousparticles, hereafter to be referred to, which are frequentlydispersed throughout the water, for they are not sufficientlyabundant to create any change of colour. It was interesting to watch the effect of this trifling amount ofmoisture. Interest, and not any feeling of compassion, prevented thisact. I think it would bedifficult to find a body of men better adapted for the high officewhich they fulfil. They marched at a very quick trot,four men supporting the corpse.
- Spring '18
- Tierra del Fuego