Travels and Adventures in South and Central America: First Series: Life in the Llanos of Venezuela

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C. Scribner & Company, 1868 - 473 páginas
 

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Página 164 - Suppose yourself in hopeless sorrow, begin with a high loud note, and pronounce "ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha," each note lower and lower, till the last is scarcely heard, pausing a moment or two betwixt every note, and you will have some idea of the moaning of the largest goat-sucker in Demerara.
Página 295 - Full in the centre stands the bull at bay, Mid wounds, and clinging darts, and lances brast, And foes disabled in the brutal fray: And now the Matadores around him play, Shake the red cloak, and poise the ready brand: Once more through all he bursts his thundering way — Vain rage! the mantle quits the conynge hand, Wraps his fierce eye — 'tis past — he sinks upon the sand!
Página 84 - Certainly it is a marvellous fact in the history of the mammalia that in South America a native horse should have lived and disappeared, to be succeeded in after ages by the countless herds descended from the few introduced with the Spanish colonists ! The existence in South America of a fossil horse, of the mastodon, possibly of an elephant,!
Página 69 - A contest between animals of so different an organization furnishes a very striking spectacle. The Indians, provided with harpoons and long slender reeds, surround the pool closely ; and some climb upon the trees, the branches of which extend horizontally over the surface of the water. By their wild cries, and the length of their reeds, they prevent the horses from running away, and reaching the bank of the pool. The eels, stunned by the noise, defend themselves by the repeated discharge of their...
Página xlvi - ... y para ti el maíz, jefe altanero de la espigada tribu, hincha su grano; y para ti el banano desmaya al peso de su dulce carga: el banano, primero de cuantos concedió bellos presentes providencia a las gentes del ecuador feliz con mano larga. No ya de humanas artes obligado el premio rinde opimo: no es a la podadera, no al arado deudor de su racimo: escasa industria bástale, cual puede hurtar a sus fatigas mano esclava: crece veloz, y cuando exhausto acaba adulta prole en torno le sucede.
Página 466 - Tamanacs are asked how the human race survived this great deluge, the ' age of water,' of the Mexicans, they say, "a man and a woman saved themselves on a high mountain, called Tamanacu, situated on the banks of the Asiveru; and casting behind them, over their heads, the fruits of the mauritia palm-tree, they saw the seeds contained in those fruits produce men and women, who repeopled the earth.
Página 172 - ... pours forth a succession of imitative notes. His own song is sweet, but very short. If a toucan be yelping in the neighbourhood, he drops it, and imitates him. Then he will amuse his protector with the cries of the different species of the woodpecker ; and when the sheep bleat he will distinctly answer them. Then comes his own song again, and if a puppy dog or a guineafowl interrupt him, he takes them off admirably, and by his different gestures during the time, you would conclude that he enjoys...
Página 77 - This, they told me, is a mark that the horse has been once mounted. They then put a piece of hide into his mouth, to serve as a bit, and a strong hide-halter on his head. The Gaucho who was to mount arranged his spurs, which were unusually long and sharp, and while two men held the animal by his ears, he put on the saddle, which he girthed extremely tight ; he then caught hold of the horse's ear, and, in an instant, vaulted into the saddle ; upon which the man who was holding the horse by the halter,...
Página xv - Where the dark scorpion gathers death around; Where at each step the stranger fears to wake The rattling terrors of the vengeful snake; Where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey, And savage men more murderous still than they; While oft in whirls the mad tornado flies, Mingling the ravaged landscape with the skies.
Página 255 - Nature has formed his fore-legs wonderfully thick, and strong, and muscular, and armed his feet with three tremendous sharp and crooked claws. Whenever he seizes an animal with these formidable weapons, he hugs it close to his body, and keeps it there till it dies through pressure, or through want of food.

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