the Plata where the water is quite saltbut are far more abundant on the borders

The plata where the water is quite saltbut are far

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the Plata, where the water is quite salt,but are far more abundant on the borders of fresh- water lakes andrivers. Captain Sulivan, who, since his voyage inthe "Beagle," has been employed on the survey of the FalklandIslands, heard from a sealer in (1842?), that when in the westernpart of the Strait of Magellan, he was astonished by a native womancoming on board, who could talk some English. An estancierotold me that he often had to send large herds of cattle a longjourney to a salting establishment, and that the tired beasts werefrequently obliged to be killed and skinned; but that he couldnever persuade the Gauchos to eat of them, and every evening afresh beast was slaughtered for their suppers! The view of the RioNegro from the Sierra was more picturesque than any other which Isaw in this province. We took up ourresidence in the rancho, or hovel, of a curious old Spaniard, whohad served with Napoleon in the expedition against Russia. )The inhabitants of the country readily distinguish, even at adistance, the cock bird from the hen. The lazo, which bound the three together, being thenloosed, the horse rises with difficulty. In a wild and excited manner he alsorelated that his brother one day, whilst returning to pick up somedead birds which he had left on the coast, observed some feathersblown by the wind.
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