As in Chiloe, the lower parts are matted together bycanes: here also another kind (resembling the bamboo of Brazil andabout twenty feet in height) grows in clusters, and ornaments thebanks of some of the streams in a very pretty manner. Himantopus. Conversion of fringing-reefs into barrier- reefs, and into atolls. Williams, in his interesting work, says that thefirst intercourse between natives and Europeans "is invariablyattended with the introduction of fever, dysentery, or some otherdisease which carries off numbers of the people. I have stayed ina house where a young household mulatto, daily and hourly, wasreviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of thelowest animal. There is a man now living in the Bajada, who, coming upfrom below when it was dark, was seized on the deck; he escaped,however, with the loss of the use of one arm. Cuming) in thecentral islands of the Pacific. I set out on a riding excursion, for the purpose of geologising thebasal parts of the Andes, which alone at this time of the year arenot shut up by the winter snow. in Peru. " It is interestingthus to discover how numerous the seeds are, which, coming fromseveral countries, are drifted over the wide ocean. The inhabitants of thishemisphere, and of the intertropical regions, thus lose perhaps oneof the most glorious, though to our eyes common, spectacles in theworld--the first bursting into full foliage of the leafless tree. We
have now only to mention the turkey-buzzard (Vultur aura), andthe Gallinazo. Wood, Captain, on the Agouti. ) Icannot, however, recollect seeing a central nest as large as a hat,in which, during autumn, when the spiders die, Azara says the eggsare deposited. It is melancholy to trace how theIndians have given way before the Spanish invaders. The Bridge of the Incas is byno means worthy of the great monarchs whose name it bears. Thereis a mildness in the expression of their countenances which at oncebanishes the idea of a savage; and an intelligence which shows thatthey are advancing in civilisation. The families of the friendlyIndians, who were fighting on the side of Rosas, resided here. Atpresent, although certainly very tame, they do not alight onpeople's arms, nor do they suffer themselves to be killed in suchlarge numbers. The mountain sides, except on theexposed western coast, are covered from the water's edge upwards byone great forest. It is probable
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