Journey from Buenos Ayres: through the provinces of Cordova, Tucuman, and Salta, to Potosi, thence by the deserts of Caranja to Arica, and subsequently to Santiago de Chili and Coquimbo, undertaken on behalf of the Chilian and Peruvian mining association, in the years 1825-26, Volume 1
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Page 222 - Insuperable height of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene; and as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view.
Page xxi - ... perished. However, we continued our course ; and at last, gaining the summit, we found ourselves close to the silver lode of San Pedro Nolasco, which is situated on one of the loftiest pinnacles of the Andes. A small solitary hut was before us, and we were accosted by two or three wretched -looking miners, whose pale countenances and exhausted frames seemed to assimilate with the scene around them. The view from the eminence on which 'we stood was magnificent, it was sublime ; but it was, at...
Page 121 - Bond-street long spurred brethren of our metropolis, among whose failings wit cannot be numbered. He was dressed in the pink of the mode in his own part of the world; heiwore ahandsome white figured Poncho, something in appearance like a fine Indian shawl.
Page xxi - I then sent out for one of the apires with his load. I put it on the ground and endeavoured to rise with it, but could not, and when two or three of my party put it on my shoulders, I was barely able to walk under it. The English miner who was with us was one of the strongest men of all the Cornish party, yet he was scarcely able to walk with it. and two of our party who attempted to support it were altogether unable, and exclaimed 'that it would break their backs.
Page 171 - muy pobre ;" that the price of a school education there, was from two to four rials a month, according to what the pupil was taught. Just at that moment a boy came up with a pen to be mended. To my surprise, he drew from his old pair of Spanish blues (open at the knees, with a silver buckle t ; appended), what we denominate a Flemish or gardener's knife, and proceeded, with the help of a pair of cracked spectacles, to nib the pen.
Page 256 - Now morn her rosy steps in th' eastern clime Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl, When Adam wak'd, so custom'd : for his sleep Was airy light from pure digestion bred, And temperate vapours bland ; which th...
Page 217 - ... on earth, with nature reposing around in stillness of beauty, there is an exhilarating sensation experienced, which language cannot describe. It is as though the soul and body had at the moment reached perfect happiness, and no wish of earth or heaven was left ungratified. It is as if sin and sorrow were only a name, and the soul was pure of transgression. There is no enjoyment on earth can surpass this feeling. Rising thus, it is not extraordinary that the temper should remain affected by it,...
Page 171 - Senor, yo soy muy pobre Senor." (Nothing more, Sir, I am very poor.) " Well," I replied, " I think I can help you to something better than that for the convenience of your calling," and I gave him an old fourbladed English knife, which I happened to have in my pocket at the time. On looking at it, he ' exclaimed in astonishment, " Que quatro enchillas in una!" (what, four blades in one knife !) He had never beheld such a machine in his life. I told him it was of English manufacture. " Caramba," he...
Page 172 - For nada," (for nothing) I answered. He immediately crossed himself, exclaiming, " Gracias a Dios," (thank God). He could not have shown more satisfaction had it been a ton of gold or a lottery ticket of twenty thousand sterling. His urchins crowded around him to see his treasure, and to get a holiday from him on the strength of his satisfaction, which we made him half promise, and left him.
Page 217 - Rising thus, it is not extraordinary tliut the temper should remain affected by it, that every thing throughout the beautiful day which follows such a dawn so witnessed should cheer and gratify ; that homely fare, if we have no other, should be eaten with a zest at breakfast, and soul and body be happy. Those who rouse from soft beds in carpeted rooms, and in varying climes, know hule of this most exquisite of earthly sensations,