A visit to the Indians on the frontiers of Chili

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Page 175 - There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Page 193 - Can we be said to do unto others as we would that they should do unto us if we wantonly inflict on them even the smallest pain?
Page 98 - A red band tied back from the forehead his long black hair, which flowed loosely on his shoulders, and concealed more than half his face, the expression of which was remarkably mild ^and intelligent. " He received me with much hospitality, and before even a hint was given of any intended present, a sheep was ordered to be killed and dressed for our supper. The house, which is of an oval form, about thirty-five feet long, with a high pitched roof, supported by a row of interior posts, formed but one...
Page 97 - ... we met was Corbalan himself, the chief of the district, who was galloping his horse in another direction, but, on perceiving us, cut across and escorted us to his house. These people, who are excellent horsemen, always appear to the best advantage when mounted. He was attired in a...
Page 62 - entirely of brick, with a coped roof of the same material, supported by an arch which forms the ceiling : they contain but one room, which is entered by a flight of steep steps, the floors being raised about six feet from the foundation, to allow for the drifting of the snow in winter.
Page 95 - ... was adrift, and a new one had to be prepared. It consisted merely of four trunks of trees about eighteen feet long, closely lashed together by hidethongs to two transverse poles, one at each extremity, and when laden with ourselves and our saddles, it was scarcely an inch, in the highest part, above the surface of the water. As a matter of precaution, I not only took off my shoes and stockings, but also my coat and waistcoat, a measure which seemed to be regarded by the rest of the party as by...
Page 103 - The reasons which he assigned for this unexpected refusal, were, in all probability, the result of a conference with the chiefs this morning, and appeared sufficiently weighty. Although still desirous that I should remain, he said that it would not be safe : the Huilliches...
Page 96 - ... were firmly knotted to the end of the towrope. A naked lad then sprang upon his back, and in plunged the horse and his rider. By a simultaneous effort of those on the shore, the balsa he was destined to tow, was at the same instant pushed off into deep water. Partly by riding, partly by swimming, now on one side, now on the other of the horse, firmly grasping throughout a tuft of long hair always left on the mane expressly for this purpose, the boy succeeded by the aid of his heels, his hand,...
Page 96 - ... shoes and stockings, but also my coat and waistcoat, a measure which seemed to be regarded by the rest of the party as by no means unnecessary; for I had scarcely stepped upon the yielding raft when an inquiry was made whether I could swim or not. But the real novelty was the method of navigation. One of my horses, which was noted as an excellent swimmer, had not escaped observation by the way, and his powers were now to be tried in a most ludicrous manner. His tail was first smoothed out, and,...
Page 103 - ... neat, though not quite as large, as that of the chief. Around all were little patches of cultivation, consisting chiefly of barley, wheat, and beans. On our return, I selected a spot within a short distance of the chief's residence ; but I had no sooner pointed it out to him, than it became evident his mind on this point had undergone a considerable change ; nor did he long disguise his sentiments, but plainly acknowledged that, notwithstanding what he had before said, he must withdraw his consent....

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