Rough Notes Taken During Some Rapid Journeys Across the Pampas and Among the Andes

J. Murray, 1826 - 309 páginas

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Página 4 - ... they had time to escape from them. The summer is not over before the scene undergoes another rapid change ; the thistles suddenly lose their sap and verdure, their heads droop, the leaves shrink and fade, the stems become black and dead, and they remain rattling with the breeze one against another, until the violence of the pampero or hurricane levels them with the ground, where they rapidly decompose and disappear — the clover rushes up, and the scene is again verdant.
Página 254 - The horse instantly began to jump, in a manner which made it very difficult for the rider to keep his seat, and quite different from the kick or plunge of an English horse: however, the...
Página 80 - These animals are never to be seen in the day, but as soon as the lower limb of the sun reaches the horizon, they are seen issuing from their holes in all directions, which are scattered in groups like little villages all over the Pampas. The biscachos, when full grown, are nearly as large as badgers ; but their head resembles a rabbit, excepting that they have very large bushy whiskers. In the evening they sit outside their holes, and they all appear to be moralising. They are the most serious-looking...
Página 254 - Gauche1 s spurs soon set him going, and off he galloped, doing every thing in his power to throw his rider. Another horse was immediately brought from the corral, and so quick was the operation, that twelve Gauchos were mounted in a space which, I think, hardly exceeded an hour.
Página 229 - No two animals can well be imagined less likely to meet than a Cornish miner and a condor, and few could have calculated a year ago, when the one was hovering high above the snowy pinnacles of the Cordillera, and the other many fathoms beneath the surface of the ground in Cornwall, that they would ever meet to wrestle and ' hug ' upon the wide desert plain of Villa Vicencia.
Página 217 - 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 the same time, so terrific, that one could hardly help shuddering. " Although it was midsummer, the snow where we stood was, according to the statement made to me by the agent of the mine, from twenty to a hundred...
Página 101 - ... the poncho not only covered his body, but trailed along the ground behind him. As he was thus creeping by a large bush of reeds, he heard a loud, sudden noise, between a bark and a roar; he felt something heavy strike his feet, and, instantly jumping up, he saw to his astonishment a large...
Página 252 - The corral was quite full of horses, most of which were young ones, about three and four years old. The capataz, mounted on a strong steady horse, rode into the corral, and threw his lasso over the neck of a young horse, and dragged him to the gate. For some time...
Página 125 - ... wrinkles, is expressive beyond description, of every thing that is vicious and spiteful : he appears to be planning all sorts of petty schemes of revenge, and as soon as the poncho is taken off, generally begins to put some of them into execution, either by running, with his load, against some other mule, or by kicking him. However, as soon as he finds that his burden is not to be got rid of, he dismisses, or perhaps conceals his resentment, and instantly assumes a look of patience and resignation.
Página 17 - In winter the people sleep in the hut, and the scene is a very singular one. As soon as the traveller's supper is ready, the great iron spit on which the beef has been roasted is brought into the hut, and the point is struck into the ground : the Gaucho then offers his guest the skeleton of a horse's head, and he and several of the family, on similar seats, sit round the spit, from which with their long knives they cut very large mouthfuls*. The hut is lighted by a feeble lamp, made of bullock's...

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