the type of its class. Dieffenbach, in a note tohis translation of this Journal, states that the same fact isuniversally believed by the inhabitants of the Chatham Islands andin parts of New Zealand. We reached at night a beautiful little cove, north of the island ofCaucahue. The outskirting houses rose out of the plain likeisolated beings, without the accompaniment of gardens orcourtyards. They frequent inpreference the high damp parts, but they likewise live in the lowerand arid districts. CHAPTER XIII. St. Withremarkable justice, a certain period was allowed for stock in handto be sold, before the law came into effect. Occasionally in the evening theymay be heard hooting. The extreme care necessaryin poising each step rendered the walk fatiguing. It is, Ithink, surprising that more American species have not beenintroduced naturally, considering that the distance is only between500 and 600 miles from the continent, and that (according toCollnet, page 58) drift-wood, bamboos, canes, and the nuts of apalm, are often washed on the south-eastern shores. ) Theyimagined that Magellan, when talking of an animal under the name of"conejos" in the Strait of Magellan, referred to this species; buthe was alluding to a small cavy, which to this day is thus calledby the Spaniards. The plain round the outskirts of Callao issparingly covered with a coarse grass, and in some parts there area few stagnant, though very small, pools of water. " It can boast only of moss,some tufts of grass, and wild burnet; it has only one land-bird(Anthus correndera), yet Iceland, which is 10 degrees nearer thepole, has, according to Mackenzie, fifteen land-birds. Antarctic islands. Cape Negro, a little within the second Narrows, may beconsidered as the point where the land begins to assume the markedfeatures of Tierra del Fuego. I found in the stomachs of two which I openedthe remains of mice, and I one day saw a small snake killed andcarried away.
- Spring '18
- Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Ehrenberg, Chatham Islands, burningcharcoal