The Paraná: With Incidents of the Paraguayan War, and South American Recollections, from 1861 to 1868 (Google eBook)

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E. Stanford, 1868 - Indians of South America - 424 pages
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Page 239 - Chigoe sets up a separate ulcer, and has his own private portion of pus. Flies get entry into your mouth, into your eyes, into your nose ; you eat flies, drink flies, and breathe flies. Lizards, Cockroaches, and Snakes get into the bed; Ants eat up the books ; Scorpions sting you on the foot. Everything bites, stings, or bruises...
Page 240 - An insect with eleven legs is swimming in your teacup, a nondescript with nine wings is struggling in the small beer, or a caterpillar with several dozen eyes in his belly is hastening over the bread and butter ! All nature is alive, and seems to be gathering all her entomological hosts to eat you up, as you are standing, out of your coat, waistcoat, and breeches.
Page 88 - ... gaucho. The first instrument that the infantile hand of the gaucho grasps is the knife ; the first things that attract his attention as a child are the pouring out of blood and the palpitating flesh of expiring animals.
Page 88 - He lifts his knife against a man with the same indifference that he strikes down a bullock ; the idea which everywhere else attaches to the crime of homicide does not exist in his mind ; for in slaying another he yields not less to habit than to the impulse of his wild and barbarous nature.
Page 224 - It is obvious, that if flesh employed as food is again to become flesh in the body — if it is to retain the power of reproducing itself in its original condition — none of the constituents of raw flesh ought to be withdrawn from it during its preparation for food. If its composition be altered in any way — if one of the constituents which belong essentially to its constitution be removed — a corresponding variation must take place in the power of that piece of flesh to reassume, in the living...
Page 288 - A confirmation of our essential and common rights as Englishmen," thus he himself reports his sentiments, " may be pleaded from charters safely enough ; but any further dependence upon them may be fatal. We should stand upon the broad common ground of those natural rights that we all feel and know as men, and as descendants of Englishmen.
Page 205 - Oh, Lady ! these are miracles, which man, Caged in the bounds of Europe's pigmy plan, Can scarcely dream of; which his eye must see, To know how beautiful this world can be ! But soft ! — the tinges of the west decline, And night falls dewy o'er these banks of pine.
Page 239 - The bete rouge lays the foundation of a tremendous ulcer. In a moment you are covered with ticks. Chigoes bury themselves in your flesh, and hatch a colony of young chigoes in a few hours.
Page 49 - This propitiation of the dead by offering fingers, or parts of them, occurs elsewhere. When, among the Charruas, the head of the family died, " the daughters, widow, and married sisters were obliged to have, each one joint from the finger cut off; and this was repeated for every relation of the like character who died : the primary amputation being from the little finger." By the Mandans, the usual mode of expressing grief on the death of a relation " was to lose two joints of the little fingers,...
Page 225 - An incision is made in the right ventricle, and another in the left, the blood being allowed to escape ; when it has ceased flowing, a pipe with a stopcock is introduced into the incision in the left ventricle of the heart, and so into the aorta or great vessel leading through the body, and is there firmly retained. " This pipe is connected by a...

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