attributed our extreme thirst to the dryness ofthe atmosphere; but whatever the cause might be, we wereexceedingly glad late in the evening to get back to the boats. Farther inland, during the whole ride of fourteen leagues,I saw only one other vegetable production, and that was a mostminute yellow lichen, growing on the bones of the dead mules. Lima, the City of the Kings, must formerly have beena splendid town. Most of theseanimals inhabit only the drier eastern parts of the country; andthe deer has never been seen south of the Strait of Magellan. )Often when lying down to rest on the open plains, on lookingupwards, I have seen carrion-hawks sailing through the air at agreat height. I asked my guide whether I might doso, but he told me certainly not; that the only answer I shouldreceive probably would be, "We have meat for the dogs in ourcountry, and therefore do not grudge it to a Christian. A broken field ofblack basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossedby great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sunburntbrushwood, which shows little signs of life. The man who caught them asserted that very many are invariablyfound blind. south limit of. The water was muddy, andthough the stream was most insignificant in size, it would bedifficult to account for its origin, except from the melting snowon the Cordillera. Although Jemmy Button wellknew the force of our party, he was, at first, unwilling to landamidst the hostile tribe nearest to his own. In thevalley of Quillota, south of Ingenio, I saw some large date-palmtrees. Near Maldonado these birds were tame and bold; theyconstantly attended the country houses in numbers, to pick the meatwhich was hung up on the posts or walls: if any other small birdjoined the feast, the Calandria soon chased it away. For all this he had been offered 2000 poundssterling, and he only wanted 500 pounds sterling additional, andprobably would sell it for less. On suchfazÃªndas as these, I have no doubt the slaves pass happy andcontented lives. I saw traces only of oneliving animal in abundance, namely, the shells of a Bulimus, whichwere collected together in extraordinary numbers on the driestspots. The different
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