Paraguay: The Land and the People, Natural Wealth and Commercial Capabilities

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Liverpool, 1892 - Paraguay - 243 pages
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Page 222 - ... teeth on edge like a lemon, it seems to cleanse the mouth in a way that is very refreshing. So far from growing everywhere, it is found chiefly in the depths of the forests and on the banks of insignificant streams. I have met with it in the most remote places, in the unexplored valleys of the Ygatimi, and on the margin of the Upper Parana, where it could certainly never have been introduced by human agency. So abundantly does it grow on the Parana above the Salto de G-uayra, that during a flood...
Page 245 - Ferdinand Magellan and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe, 1480-1521, forming Vol. 4 of the World's Great Explorers and. Explorations. Illustrated, crown 8vo, 4 j.
Page 222 - ... in the solitude of the forests, the trees are seen with their golden fruit and deep-green foliage, in lines, in terraces, in groves — everywhere, on mountains and on plains, they grow and break the blue horizon with their rounded outline — and it seems as if they must have flourished there from all antiquity. I am quite ready to admit that the sweet orange, the bitter orange, the lemon, and their numerous varieties were imported either by the Spaniards or by the Jesuits; of this there can...
Page 64 - Of the carnivore by far the most formidable is the jaguar, which is said to be strong enough to carry off an ox or a horse. It avoids the haunts of men, and, despite the statements of some travellers to the contrary, will scarcely ever attack human beings. " Many a time," writes Bourgade, " I and my companions met one in the underwood, and it never failed to give a savage growl and to bound rapidly away ; and often, as a group of them have collected round my encampment, I do not think they have ever...
Page 73 - Endemics also are rare, but rheumatic affections, anaemia, and other disorders of the blood, duo to defective sanitary arrangements, are common enough. In a word, this authority holds that " Paraguay offers a promising field for immigration, the climate being both temperate and healthy, a combination that is not always found." t FLORA — FAUNA. Paraguay belongs rather to the Brazilian than to the Argentine botanical zone, and its rivers are bordered by leafy forests resembling the mattas of Brazil....
Page 225 - ... industry. Nevertheless the official returns show that over 50 million oranges annually pass through the chief ports of Paraguay, and this would be nearly doubled if those were included which are disposed of from the small villages and estancias, where no control is exercised by the custom house officers. To reckon up the number of oranges that are consumed in the country, so as to include those that rot on the trees or that are devoured by birds, monkeys, and other animals, would be about as...
Page 227 - What it would be il cultivated systematically only imagination can conceive. But it is by no means to the fruit that the produce of the orange must be limited. Every part of the tree has its special use ; the blossom can be distilled, essential oil may be extracted from the leaf, and the trunk is not to be despised as wood. The bitter orange, also, is by no means an unprofitable fruit. It is not edible, but it yields several useful products. Besides the oxalic and citric acids, and their compounds,...

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