place like the form of a hare, where a single manhad slept the night before, I should have thought that they werethieves who had been driven from their tribes; but other obscurespeeches made me doubt this; I have sometimes imagined that themost probable explanation was that they were insane. Some miles from the fort we met aman, who told us that a great gun had been fired, which is a signalthat Indians are near. Rain, as often as it falls, which is about once in every two orthree years, is a great advantage, because the cattle and mules canfor some time afterwards find a little pasture in the mountains. It has been stated by someauthors that the Birgos crawls up the cocoa-nut trees for thepurpose of stealing the nuts: I very much doubt the possibility ofthis; but with the Pandanus the task would be very much easier. " If we had dared toremonstrate any further, we should have been told to proceed on ourjourney, as being too impertinent. Virgularia Patagonica. )The descent of glaciers to the sea must, I conceive, mainly depend(subject, of course, to a proper supply of snow in the upperregion) on the lowness of the line of perpetual snow on steepmountains near the coast. Lowbelieves that whenever a whale is cast on shore, the natives burylarge pieces of it in the sand, as a resource in time of famine;and a native boy, whom he had on board, once found a stock thusburied. Sailed from Chiloe. JAGO--CAPE DE VERD ISLANDS. It is a lesson worthremembering, as in some cases it might cause much difficulty. They commit also at these timesgreat ravages among cattle and horses. It is improbable in the highest degree that broad, lofty, isolated,steep-sided banks of sediment,
arranged in groups and lineshundreds of leagues in length, could have been deposited in thecentral and profoundest parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, atan immense distance from any continent, and where the water isperfectly limpid. The governor's favourite occupation is huntingIndians: a short time since he slaughtered forty-eight, and soldthe children at the rate of three or four pounds apiece.
- Fall '18
- Galapagos Islands