anobject of dread to criminals at home. With respect to Tierra del Fuego, theresults are deduced from the observations of Captain King"Geographical Journal" 1830, and those taken on board the "Beagle. The plain round the outskirts of Callao issparingly covered with a coarse grass, and in some parts there area few stagnant, though very small, pools of water. Presently a large Americanwhaler appeared close alongside of us; and we heard the Yankeeswearing at his men to keep quiet, whilst he listened for thebreakers. At Mercedes I asked two men why they did not work. Valdivia. hanging low. ) Some specimens which I obtained atVan Dieman's Land, I kept alive for nearly two months, feeding themon rotten wood. scenery of. From some high land we hailed with joy the white summits of theCordillera, as they were seen occasionally peeping through theirdusky envelope of clouds. Having entered the harbour, it appears fine and spacious, withcliff-formed shores of horizontally stratified sandstone. Hundreds knew themselves ruined,and few had the means of providing food for the day. I gave one man a large nail (a most valuable present)without making any signs for a return; but he immediately pickedout two fish, and handed them up on the point of his spear. On the other hand,as the traveller stays but a short time in each place, hisdescriptions must generally consist of mere sketches, instead ofdetailed observations. , on effects of snow on rocks. If a New Zealander isstruck, although but in joke, the blow must be returned; and ofthis I saw an instance with one of our officers. In theevening it rained heavily: on arriving at a post-house we were toldby the owner that if we had not a regular passport we must pass on,for there were so many robbers he would trust no one. The houses are irregularly scattered over a flatspace of ground, which is cultivated with sweet potatoes andbananas. The outside partywell knew that by stopping the supply of meat they would certainlybe victorious. The distance to Buenos Ayres isabout four hundred miles, and nearly the whole way through anuninhabited country. I never heard of any man beingdrowned, but with loaded mules it frequently happens.
- Spring '18
- Tierra del Fuego, Van Diemen, Van Diemen's Land