excursion which proved fatal to twomen of his party, and nearly so to Dr. In the open parts therewere many grass-trees,--a plant which, in appearance, has someaffinity with the palm; but, instead of being surmounted by a crownof noble fronds, it can boast merely of a tuft of very coarsegrass-like leaves. Wigwams of Fuegians. It was the chief seat of the Brazilian war--awar most injurious to this country, not so much in its immediateeffects, as in being the origin of a multitude of generals and allother grades of officers. Jemmy was short, thick, and fat, but vain of his personalappearance; he used always to wear gloves, his hair was neatly cut,and he was distressed if his well-polished shoes were dirtied. The yelping of the guid-guid, and the suddenwhew-whew of the cheucau, sometimes come from afar off, andsometimes from close at hand; the little black wren of Tierra delFuego occasionally adds its cry; the creeper (Oxyurus) follows theintruder screaming and twittering; the humming- bird may be seenevery now and then darting from side to side, and emitting, like aninsect, its shrill chirp; lastly, from the top of some lofty treethe indistinct but plaintive note of the
white-tuftedtyrant-flycatcher (Myiobius) may be noticed. " About two years ago, although theuse of the ava was prevented, drunkenness from the introduction ofspirits became very prevalent. Deserts. Bravard believes that the wholeenormous Pampean deposit is a sub- aerial formation, likesand-dunes: this seems to me to be an untenable doctrine. Return to the ship. Our sport was very poor; but I had anopportunity of seeing the ruins of one of the ancient Indianvillages, with its mound like a natural hill in the centre. Absence of recent deposits. It is, moreover, a striking fact in thegeographical distribution of the infusoria, which are well known tohave very wide ranges, that all the species in this substance,although brought from the extreme southern point of Tierra delFuego, are old, known forms. Spawn on surface of sea. At daylight my friends, after their morning prayer, prepared anexcellent breakfast in the same manner as in the evening. When placed back to back with thetallest of the boat's crew, he tried his best to edge on higherground, and to stand on tiptoe. I was therefore obliged to give up the two higherpeaks. Some natives carried by Kotzebue to Kamtschatka collectedstones to take back to their country. (2/10. There are three verydistinct cries: One is called "chiduco," and is an omen of good;another, "huitreu," which is extremely unfavourable; and a third,which I have forgotten. Asthe vÃªnda here was a very good one, and I have the pleasant, butrare remembrance, of an excellent dinner, I will be grateful andpresently describe it, as the type of its class.
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- Spring '18
- Plains, Plain