Quito to Bogotá

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Doran, 1917 - Colombia - 338 pages
Dedicatoria y firma de Lidney Tracey a su amigo C.T. Short Esq.
 

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Page 198 - Oftentimes, when the other soldiers were reposing, I was tiring myself by writing. Neither fatigue nor the ruggedness of the country, nor the mountains and rivers, nor intolerable hunger and suffering, have ever been sufficient to obstruct my two duties, namely, writing and following my fla^ and my captain without fault.
Page 171 - ... they want the poison, when they take one of the unfortunate reptiles, and pass a pointed piece of wood down his throat, and out at one of his legs. This torture makes the poor frog perspire very much, especially on the back, which becomes covered with white froth : this is the most powerful poison that he yields, and in this they dip or roll the points of their arrows, which will preserve their destructive power for a year. Afterwards, below this white substance, appears a yellow oil, which is...
Page 187 - Captain Don Sebastian de Belalcazar, who was the first captain to discover and conquer this valley, made his entry, the Indians were bent on war, and fought with the Spaniards many times to defend their land, and escape from slavery. Owing to these wars, and to the famine which arose on account of the seeds not having been sown, nearly all the Indians died.
Page 171 - It is only to be found (as my host informed me) in this place, and another, called Pelmar. Those who use this poison catch the frogs in the woods, and confine them in a hollow cane, where they regularly feed them until they want the poison, when they take one of the unfortunate reptiles, and pass a pointed piece of wood down his throat, and out at one of his legs. This torture makes the poor frog perspire very much, especially on the back, which becomes covered with white froth: this is the most...
Page 203 - ... different character from the rascals who are employed in poling the champans up the river Magdalena. I was fully convinced that they might be better, but could not possibly be worse. The machine on which they carry the baggage, is a sort of frame of bamboos, about three feet long with a cross piece at the lower end, on which they put their load. It is secured with straps made of the bark of a tree, which first cross the burthen, then go over the shoulders and across the breast of the peon ; another...
Page 203 - ... Indians, dressed in loose trousers and shirt, the universal poncho of small dimensions over their shoulders, and a large straw hat. They had long poles in their hands. The peons wore only hats and loose short trousers. The machine on which the latter carry the baggage is a sort of frame of bamboo about three feet long, with a cross-piece at the lower end, on which they rest the load. It is secured with straps, which first pass round the burden and then go over the shoulders and across the breast...
Page 104 - Cauca River, after traversing a portion of the southern plains, flows in this second division of the inter-mountain depression through a series of gorges. Third — The river-plain of the lower Cauca, in northcentral Antioquia and southern Bolivar, which, bounded by the gradually disappearing spurs of the mountains, soon amalgamates with the great low plain of the Magdalena River. The southern plains...
Page viii - The day is probably not far distant when, with the advance science is making, we shall recognize that it is in the tropics and not in the temperate zones that we have the greatest food-producing and material-producing regions of the earth ; that the natural highways of commerce in the world should be those which run north and south, and that we have the highest possible interest in the proper development and efficient administration of the tropical regions and in an exchange...
Page 198 - Imagine a little boy of fourteen entering upon a soldier's life in the undiscovered wilds of South America, and, without further instruction, becoming the highest authority on Inca history.
Page 171 - ... one of the unfortunate reptiles and pass a piece of pointed wood down his throat and out at one of his legs. This torture makes the poor frog perspire very much, especially on the back, which becomes covered with white froth ; this is the most powerful poison that he yields, and in this they dip or roll the points of their arrows, which will preserve their destructive power for a year. Afterwards, below this white substance, appears a yellow oil, which is carefully scraped off...

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