andreeds; this the niatas cannot so well do, as their lips do notjoin, and hence they are found to perish before the common cattle. It is much softer, more transparent, and containsmore animal matter, than the natural incrustation at Ascension; butwe here again see the strong tendency which carbonate of lime andanimal matter evince to form a solid substance allied to shell. Bushby was slightly wounded,but the party was at length driven away. The leaves of the camphor, pepper,cinnamon, and clove trees were delightfully aromatic; and thebread- fruit, the jaca, and the mango, vied with each other in themagnificence of their foliage. But the most remarkablefeature in their structure is, that although several miles wide attheir heads, they generally contract towards their mouths to such adegree as to become impassable. I have imagined, I know not withhow much truth, that this granulo-pulpy matter was in process ofbeing converted into ova. I never returned from these excursions empty-handed. They wereas thick together as box in the border of a garden, and we wereobliged to struggle over the flat but treacherous surface. It feeds entirely on shell- fishfrom the kelp and tidal rocks; hence the beak and head, for thepurpose of breaking them, are surprisingly heavy and strong: thehead is so strong that I have scarcely been able to fracture itwith my geological hammer; and all our sportsmen soon discoveredhow tenacious these birds were of life. The frequentoccurrence of murder may be partly attributed to this habit.
- Fall '18
- Ferdinand Magellan, Clove, common cattle