Even the form of a crater can but rarely bediscovered on the summits of the many red cindery hills; yet themore recent streams can be distinguished on the coast, forminglines of cliffs of less height, but stretching out in advance ofthose belonging to an older series: the height of the cliffs thusaffording a rude measure of the age of the streams. Thisgenus is allied to Bulgaria. They liked our biscuit: but one of thesavages touched with his finger some of the meat preserved in tincases which I was eating, and feeling it soft and cold, showed asmuch disgust at it, as I should have done at putrid blubber. The organ, in
thegreater number of cases, very closely resembles the head of avulture; but the lower mandible can be opened much wider than in areal bird's beak. The simile may be a fancifulone, but I thought the body of a man thus ornamented was like thetrunk of a noble tree embraced by a delicate creeper. Inthe afternoon we anchored in the Bay of Good Success. Tameness of the birds. In the morning we got under way, and stood out of the splendidharbour of Rio de Janeiro. Both these varieties are one-third smaller than the commonblack rat (M. Fish emitting harsh sound. Thisis stated by Dr. Nat. Causes of discoloured Sea. Although the Carranchas frequently assemble innumbers, they are not gregarious; for in desert places they may beseen solitary, or more commonly by pairs. The inhabitants live like persons on board a ship: every necessarycomes from a distance: water is brought in boats from Pisagua,about forty miles northward, and is sold at the rate of nine reals(four shillings and sixpence) an eighteen-gallon cask: I bought awine-bottle full for threepence. On another occasion, when seventeen miles off Cape Corrientes, Ihad a net overboard to catch pelagic animals. These falls, as noticed in the lastchapter, produce great waves which break on the adjoining coasts. Lima. The bizcacha has one very singular habit; namely, dragging everyhard object to the mouth of its burrow: around each group of holesmany bones of cattle, stones, thistle-stalks, hard lumps of earth,dry dung, etc. In an engagement whichtook place lately, the two parties most singularly chose the centreof the village of Bathurst for the field of battle.
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- Fall '18
- Tierra del Fuego