Pictures of Travel in Far-off Lands: A Companion to the Study of Geography, Central America

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T. Nelson, 1871 - Central America - 256 pages
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Page 37 - I enjoy, — a comfortable bed, no pain, nor even cravings of hunger, though excessively weak, scarcely able to turn in my bed — at least it is a very great exertion ; but I am, by his abounding grace, kept in perfect peace, refreshed with a sense of my Saviour's love, and an assurance that all is wisely and mercifully appointed, and pray that I may receive the full blessing which it is doubtless designed to bestow. My care is all cast upon God ; and I am only waiting his time and his good pleasure...
Page 222 - His unsteady gait, his yellow-colored skin, his dim and sunken eyes encircled by a purple ring, his quivering lips and his general apathy, all bear evidence of the baneful effects of the coca juice when taken in excess.
Page 207 - On its head it bears a crest, different from that of any other bird. It is formed of feathers more than two inches long, very thickly set, and with hairy plumes curving over at the end. These can be laid back so as to be hardly visible, or can be erected and spread out on every side, forming a hemispherical, or rather a hemi-ellipsoidal dome, completely covering the head, and even reaching beyond the point of the beak : the individual feathers then stand out something like the down-bearing seeds...
Page 120 - By this time they are heavily laden with vapour, which they continue to bear along across the continent, depositing it as they go, and supplying with it the sources of the Rio de La Plata, and the southern tributaries of the Amazon. Finally, they reach the snow-capped Andes, and here is wrung from them the last particle of moisture that that very low temperature can extract.
Page 34 - July 22. — They are reduced to living on mussels, and feel the want of food, and sometimes the craving of hunger is distressing to them. Captain Gardiner writes : — " After living on mussels for a fortnight, I was compelled to give them up, and my food is now mussel broth and the soft part of limpets.
Page 119 - Though the Peruvian shores are on the verge of the great South Sea boiler, yet it never rains there. The reason is plain. The southeast tradewinds in the Atlantic Ocean first strike the water on the coast of Africa.
Page 53 - But these dainties, if they existed anywhere within the chief's jurisdiction, were just at present reserved. The old hag threw down from the top of one of the stakes that supported the tent the quarter of some animal, whether dog or guanaco was past imagining.
Page 182 - ... mist rises in the early morning among the huge stems of the trees, and envelops the entangled creepers stretching from bough to bough. A death-like stillness prevails from sunrise to sunset, then the thousands of animals that inhabit these forests join in one loud discordant roar, not continuous, but in bursts. The beasts seem to be periodically and unanimously roused by some unknown impulse, till the forest rings in universal uproar. Profound silence prevails at midnight, which is broken at...
Page 27 - Button, it is certainly true that when pressed in winter by hunger they kill and devour their old women before they kill their dogs. The boy being asked by Mr. Low why they did this, answered. " Doggies catch otters, old women no.
Page 34 - I purposed, if practicable, to go to the river and take up my quarters in the boat. This was attempted on Saturday last. Feeling that without crutches I could not possibly effect it, Mr. Maidment most kindly cut me a pair (two forked sticks), but it was with no slight exertion and fatigue, in his weak state. We set out together, but soon found that I had not strength to proceed, and was obliged to return before reaching the brook on our own beach.

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