Narrative of a Journey Round the World: Comprising a Winter-passage Across the Andes to Chili; with a Visit to the Gold Regions of California and Australia, the South Sea Islands, Java, & C, Том 1

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Harper & Brothers, 1853 - Всего страниц: 612

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Стр. 84 - ... stirrups, I saw below in the deep hollow a perfect heap of skeletons — mules that must have tumbled down since the last flood — or their bones would have been washed away. In my horror I forgot the warning of the vaquiano, and grasping the reins of my mule, tried to turn it away from the edge, which seemed to me as if it must crumble beneath its next step. My imprudence was near being fatal to me, for turning the head of my mule away from the precipice, it lost its sure footing, stepped aside,...
Стр. 83 - ... would send them over the precipice. Our mules, it is true, had no load, but they were accustomed to carrying one ; and therefore kept the extreme edge, to my great discomposure. But I left it entirely to its own instinct, only lifting my left foot in the stirrup, as I saw the vaquiano do, so that, in case of an accident, I might throw myself off its back, and cling to the rock. But why, the reader may ask, did you not get off the mule at once, and -pass dangerous places on foot ? Simply, my reader,...
Стр. 122 - I left the house as in a dream, but afterward heard the explanation of this ceremony. If a little child, I believe up 'to four years of age, dies in Chili, it is thought to go straight to heaven and become a little angel ; the mother being prouder of that — before the eyes of the world, at least — than if she had reared her child to happy man or womanhood. The little corpse is...
Стр. 286 - These three fish, though of no great size, yielded about one hundred and four barrels of oil ; and our captain had strong hopes of falling in with some more of this kind, but day after day passed without our seeing a single spout. The deck was hailed several times, it is true, but only, as it turned out afterward, for a finback, or perhaps the deceiving light of the sun that glittered on the waves, and made the look-out fancy it the spout of a spermfish.
Стр. 206 - But though this seems unjust, it is necessary ; for in a state of society where the lives of the family depend upon the success of the hunter, he must have his arms free and unencumbered for action at every minute, and dare not toil under a heavy load, for it would make his aim unsteady. But the gold discovery has altered their mode of life materiK ally ; they have learned to want more necessaries, while the means of subsistence diminishes...
Стр. 83 - ... mules and riders were often thrown over. I was therefore careful not to irritate my mule at a place where it certainly knew better how to go than I did — accidents having happened from travellers pulling their bridles at the wrong time. My guide went on very coolly along a trail where mules had to keep the very edge of the precipice. Mules frequently carry a load over this track, when they...
Стр. 202 - They frequently have no idea for what purpose, and in what order they ought to be worn. First, a dress-coat, and then a waistcoat, then part of a shirt, or a waistcoat by itself, or a pair of trowsers, or three and four pair of them, at the same time, they do not care ; and they admire a uniform most, red, if possible, with gold or silver.
Стр. 83 - I did — accidents having happened from travellers pulling their bridles at the wrong time. My guide went on very coolly along a trail where mules had to keep the very edge of the precipice. Mules frequently carry a load over this track, when they are very careful not to knock against the overhanging rock, as the least push would send them over the precipice. Our mules, it is true, had no load, but they were accustomed to carrying one ; and therefore kept the extreme edge, to my great discomposure....

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