guanaco, which stood on the hilltop awatchful sentinel over its herd, scarcely an animal or a bird. Waterhouse; one is of a black colour, with fine glossy fur, andlives on the grassy summit, the other is brown-coloured and lessglossy, with longer hairs, and lives near the settlement on thecoast. Werode all day over an uninteresting country. In the Strait of Magellan, as I have beforeremarked, the country appears too cold and wet to allow of theirarriving at perfection; but in these islands, within the forest,the number of species and great abundance of mosses, lichens, andsmall ferns, is quite extraordinary. As soon however as he was clothed, and the first flurrywas over, things wore a good appearance. Cheerless aspect of the country. Wesoon, however, delighted them by trifling presents, such as tyingred tape round their heads. On the last day of August we anchored for the second time at PortoPraya in the Cape de Verd archipelago; thence we proceeded to theAzores, where we stayed six days. Some men cutting wood near the base ofone of these volcanos, did not perceive the shock of the 20th,although the whole surrounding Province was then trembling; here wehave an eruption relieving and taking the place of an earthquake,as would have happened at Concepcion, according to the belief ofthe lower orders, if the
volcano at Antuco had not been closed bywitchcraft. Pentland, is 12,454feet. When disturbed, it acts differently according to circumstances: ifthere is a thicket below, it suddenly falls down; and I havedistinctly seen the thread from the spinners lengthened by theanimal while yet stationary, as preparatory to its fall. St. Catherine'son the coast of Brazil, a butterfly called Februa Hoffmanseggi,makes a noise, when flying away, like a rattle. I noticed that among the womenemployed in cooking, there was a man-slave: it must be ahumiliating thing for a man in this warlike country to be employedin doing that which is considered as the lowest woman's work. I do not ground this statement merelyon my own observation, but I heard it from the Spanish inhabitantsof the latter place, and from Jemmy Button with regard to Tierradel Fuego. Thisprocess is effected by two methods: the air is swallowed, and isthen forced into the cavity of the body, its return being preventedby a muscular contraction which is externally visible: but thewater enters in a gentle stream through the mouth, which is keptwide open and motionless; this latter action must, therefore,depend on suction. We arrived at James Island: this island, as well as Charles Island,were long since thus named after our kings of the Stuart line.
- Fall '16
- Vacuum, Atoll, Ari atolls