base there were many fine evergreen forest-trees, but theseflourished only in the ravines, where there was running water. These changes were effected in such a manner that clouds,varying in tint between a hyacinth red and a chestnut-brown, werecontinually passing over the body. Montagne in "Comptes Rendus" etc. The town is in all parts disgusting, thestreets being narrow, ill-paved, and filthy; the houses tall andgloomy. Bahia Blanca. A small sea-otter is very numerous; this animal does notfeed exclusively on fish, but, like the seals, draws a large supplyfrom a small red crab, which swims in shoals near the surface ofthe water. Upon examination, this white stratum is foundto consist of calcareous matter, with numerous shells embedded,most or all of which now exist on the neighbouring
coast. )CHAPTER XIII. In the evening I went with Captain Fitz Roy and Mr. In the Strait of Magellan, looking due southwardfrom Port Famine, the distant channels between the mountainsappeared from their gloominess to lead beyond the confines of thisworld. Yet about half-way we passed someold Indian ruins near Punta Gorda: I noticed also in front of someof the valleys which branch off from the Despoblado, two piles ofstones placed a little way apart, and directed so as to point upthe mouths of these small valleys. Bolas, manner of using. Having run up the coast, we anchored near the northern end of theChonos Archipelago, in Low's Harbour, where we remained a week. B. Lyell has also given mefour packets of dust which fell on a vessel a few hundred milesnorthward of these islands. Achief and a party of men tried to break into his house in themiddle of the night, and not finding this so easy, commenced abrisk firing with their muskets. Guinea-fowl. Movingquickly onwards for weeks together, we meet with nothing but thesame blue, profoundly deep, ocean. The load wasconsidered under weight when found to be 197 pounds. The first of these erratic boulders which Inoticed was sixty-seven miles distant from the nearest mountain;another which I measured was five yards square, and projected fivefeet above the gravel. Aborigines banished from Van Diemen's Land. Mauritius, beautiful appearance of. Another party showed by signs that theywished to strip him naked and pluck all the hairs out of his faceand body.
- Spring '18