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Side 202 - But their address in this rapid descent is truly wonderful ; for, in their swiftest motion, when they seem to have lost all government of themselves, they follow exactly the different windings of the road, as if they had previously settled in their minds the route they were to follow, and taken every precaution for their safety.
Side 195 - We were the whole day," says he, " in continual motion to keep them off; but at night our torments were excessive. Our gloves, indeed, were some defence to our hands; but our faces were entirely exposed; nor were our clothes a sufficient defence for the rest of our bodies ; for their stings penetrating through the cloth, caused a very painful and fiery itching.
Side 218 - ... and improve our time as much as possible in reading. Though our hut was small, and crowded with inhabitants, besides the heat of the lamps, yet the intenseness of the cold was such, that every one of us was obliged to have a chafingdish of coals. These precautions would have rendered the rigour of the climate supportable, had not the imminent danger of perishing by being blown down the precipice roused...
Side 50 - ... then is drank. The colour of it is whitish; the taste racy: It bears a greater head than beer, and is of a very inebriating quality. The natives however, reckon it cooling, and it is the favourite liquor of the Indians and Negroes.
Side 209 - ... materials. From the time of their first appearance, till they attain their full perfection, when they are either cut down, or of themselves begin to dry, most of their tubes contain a quantity of water; but with this remarkable difference, that at full moon they are entirely, or very nearly, full; and with the decrease of the moon the water ebbs, till at the conjunction little or none is to be found. I have myself cut them at all seasons, so that I here advance nothing but what I know to be true...
Side 434 - However, at a determined point above the surface of the sea, the congelation is found at the same height in all the mountains. Those parts which are not subject to a continual frost, have here and there growing upon them a rush, resembling the genista, but much more soft and flexible.
Side 431 - This rope is extended from one side of the river to the other, and fastened on each bank to strong posts. On one side is a kind of wheel, or winch, to straighten or slacken the tarabita to the degree required. From the tarabita hangs a kind of leathern hammock, capable of holding a man, and is suspended by a clue at each end.
Side 219 - ... were eating, every one was obliged to keep his plate over a chafing-dish of coals, to prevent his provisions from freezing. The same was done with regard to the water.
Side 445 - These arches were entirely white, without the mixture of any other colour, and formed along the slope or side of a mountain. That which Don George Juan saw, consisted of three arches, touching in the same point : the diameter of the inner arch was sixty degrees, and the breadth of the white mark, or delineation, took up a space of five degrees ; the two others were, in every respect, of the same dimensions.
Side 30 - Quinterones, there are feveral intervening circumftances which throw them back ; for between the Mulatto and the negro, there is an intermediate race, which they call Sambos, owing their origin to a mixture between one of thefe with an Indian, or among themfelves.