season, of cold water; butthe latter statement appears very strange and contradictory. of Chiloe. The only other animal whichwe saw in any number was a small fox: I suppose this animal preyson the mice and other small rodents which, as long as there is theleast vegetation, subsist in considerable numbers in very desertplaces. A. Bahia Blanca. At other times they dartedtail first, with the rapidity of an arrow, from one side of thepool to the other, at the same instant discolouring the water witha dark chestnut-brown ink. Shattered masses of greenstone. at Iquique with salt. When in the waterthis lizard swims with perfect ease and quickness, by a serpentinemovement of its body and flattened tail--the legs being motionlessand closely collapsed on its sides. If their surprise was great, mine was greater, tofind such ignorance among people who possessed their thousands ofcattle, and "estancias" of great extent. In Northern Chile, from theextreme infrequency of rain, or even of weather foreboding rain,the probability of accidental coincidences becomes very small; yetthe inhabitants are here most firmly convinced of some connexionbetween the state of
the atmosphere and of the trembling of theground: I was much struck by this when mentioning to some people atCopiapÃ³ that there had been a sharp shock at Coquimbo: theyimmediately cried out, "How fortunate! there will be plenty ofpasture there this year. He told us that hehad "too much" (meaning enough) to eat, that he was not cold, thathis relations were very good people, and that he did not wish to goback to England: in the evening we found out the cause of thisgreat change in Jemmy's feelings, in the arrival of his young andnice-looking wife. I fear it is more than doubtful whethertheir visit will have been of any use to them. Of our ten animals, six wereintended for riding, and four for carrying cargoes, each takingturn about. Its nameis Pahia: it is the residence of the missionaries; and there are nonative residents except servants and labourers. Was a more horrid deed ever perpetrated, than that witnessed on thewest coast by Byron, who saw a wretched mother pick up her bleedingdying infant-boy, whom her husband had mercilessly dashed on thestones for dropping a basket of sea-eggs! How little can the higherpowers of the mind be brought into play: what is there forimagination to picture, for reason to compare, for judgment todecide upon? to knock a limpet from the rock does not require evencunning, that lowest power of the mind. Every one has heard of the climate of theseregions; it may be compared to that which is experienced at theheight of between one and two thousand feet, on the mountains ofNorth Wales; having however less sunshine and less frost, but morewind and rain. marked relationship withAmerica. Started at sunrise, and rode slowly during the whole day. Plata, River.
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