) Well may we affirm that every part of the world is habitable!Whether lakes of brine, or those subterranean ones hidden beneathvolcanic mountains--warm mineral springs--the wide expanse anddepths of the ocean--the upper regions of the atmosphere, and eventhe surface of perpetual snow--all support organic beings. Itcame on suddenly, and lasted two minutes, but the time appearedmuch longer. Everything tends to this effect; the stillness of thenight is interrupted only by the heavy breathing of the seamenbeneath the tents, and sometimes by the cry of a night-bird. CONTENTS. (PLATE 73. There was very little water, andthat little saline: the whole country, from the coast to theCordillera, is an uninhabited desert. Both their persons and houses are filthily dirty and offensive: theidea of washing either their bodies or their clothes never seems toenter their heads. Landing at midday, we saw a family of pure Indian extraction. The governor, Lopez, was a common soldier at the time of therevolution; but has now been seventeen years in power. During each day's ride farther northward, the vegetation becamemore and more scanty; even the great chandelier- like cactus washere replaced by a different and much smaller species. red. Of the latter feelingI saw no trace, unless, indeed, fear and respect be confoundedunder one name. Their height appears greater than it reallyis, from their large guanaco mantles, their long flowing hair, andgeneral figure: on an average their height is about six feet, withsome men taller and only a few shorter; and the women are alsotall; altogether they are certainly the tallest race which weanywhere saw. The chief trouble with an estanciais driving the cattle twice a week
to a central spot, in order tomake them tame, and to count them. He prayed as a Christian should do, with fittingreverence, and without the fear of ridicule or any ostentation ofpiety.
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