The Andes and the Amazon: Or, Across the Continent of South America

Harper & Brothers, 1870 - 356 pagina's
This work is the result of a scientific expedition to the equatorial Andes and the Amazon River under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Pagina 190 - The sound spoke eloquently to the geologist; the thousands and thousands of stones, which, striking against each other made the one dull uniform sound, were all hurrying in one direction. It was like thinking on time, where the minute that now glides past is irrecoverable. So was it with these stones ; the ocean is their eternity, and each note of that wild music told of one more step towards their destiny.
Pagina xvi - Plata ; to whose dread expanse, Continuous depth, and wondrous length of course, Our floods are rills. With unabated force, In silent dignity they sweep along ; And traverse realms unknown, and blooming wilds, And fruitful deserts, worlds of solitude ! Where the sun smiles and seasons teem in vain, Unseen, and unenjoy'd.
Pagina 221 - Of individual objects, perhaps nothing is more certain to create astonishment than the first sight in his native haunt of a barbarian, — of man in his lowest and most savage state.
Pagina x - Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and decay prevail.
Pagina 221 - One's mind hurries back over past centuries, and then asks. could our progenitors have been men like these? — men, whose very signs and expressions are less intelligible to us than those of the domesticated animals ; men, who do not possess the instinct of those animals, nor yet appear to boast of human reason, or at least of arts consequent on that reason. I do not believe it is possible to describe or paint the difference between savage and civilized man. It is the difference between a wild and...
Pagina 306 - How astonishing are the freaks and fancies of nature ! To what purpose, we say, is a bird placed in the woods of Cayenne, with a bill a yard long, making a noise like a puppy-dog, and laying eggs in hollow trees?
Pagina 99 - If I might be allowed to abandon myself to the recollections of my own distant travels, I would instance, among the most striking scenes of nature, the calm sublimity of a tropical night...
Pagina 45 - ... in full splendor ; for at the equator day gives place to night with only an hour and twenty minutes of twilight. The mountains are Alpine, yet grander than the Alps; not so: ragged as the granite peaks of Switzerland, but with rounder heads. The prospect down this occidental slope is diversified by deep valleys, landslides, and flowering trees. Magnificent are the views eastward, " Where Andes, giant of the western star, Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the world.
Pagina 308 - It is impossible to contradict a gentleman who has been in the forests of Cayenne ; but we are determined as soon as a campanero is brought to England, to make him toll in a public place, and have the distance measured. The toucan has an enormous bill, makes a noise like a puppy dog, and lays his eggs in hollow trees. How astonishing are the freaks and fancies of nature ! To what purpose, we say, is a bird placed in the woods of Cayenne...
Pagina 163 - A moment destroys the illusion of a whole life ; our deceptive faith in the repose of nature vanishes, and we feel transported, as it were, into a realm of unknown destructive forces.

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