The Missionary Review of the World has described South America as THE DARKEST LAND. That I have been able to penetrate into part of its unexplored interior, and visit tribes of people hitherto untouched and unknown, was urged as sufficient reason for the publishing of this work. In perils oft, through hunger and thirst and fever, consequent on the many wanderings in unhealthy climes herein recorded, the writer wishes publicly to record his deep thankfulness to Almighty God for His unfailing help.
I offer this book of "Wanderings" with a hesitating hand. It has little merit, and must make its way through the world as well as it can. It will receive many a jostle as it goes along, and perhaps is destined to add one more to the number of slain in the field of modern criticism. But if it fall, it may still, in death, be useful to me; for should some accidental rover take it up and, in turning over its pages, imbibe the idea of going out to explore Guiana in order to give the world an...
A Tale of Adventure in South America. At the Foot of the Mountain Range. Towards the close of a bright and warm day, between fifty and sixty years ago, a solitary man might have been seen, mounted on a mule, wending his way slowly up the western slopes of the Andes. Although decidedly inelegant and unhandsome, this specimen of the human family was by no means uninteresting. He was so large, and his legs were so long, that the contrast between him and the little mule which he bestrode was ridiculous. He was what is sometimes styled “loosely put...
The first part of this new volume of the American Fights and Fighters Series needs no special introduction. Partly to make this the same size as the other books, but more particularly because I especially desired to give a permanent place to some of the most dramatic and interesting episodes in our history—especially as most of them related to the Pacific and the Far West—the series of papers in part second was included. "The Yarn of the Essex, Whaler" is abridged from a quaint account written by the Mate and published in an old volume which is long since...
The Heart of Brazil—Brazil, its Size and its Immense Wealth—Rio de Janeiro—Brazilian Men of Genius—São Paulo—The Bandeirantes—The Paulista Railway Coffee—The Dumont Railway On the Mogyana Railway The Terminus of the Railway—An Unpleasant Incident—The Purchase of Animals—On the March with the Caravan Travelling across Country—A Musical Genius—Valuable Woods—Thermal Springs Inquisitiveness—Snakes—A Wonderful Cure—Butterflies—A Striking Scene
"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 Terra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body."—DARWIN'S Journal, p. 503.
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Although in some respects more technical in their subjects and style than Darwin's "Journal," the books here reprinted will never lose their value and interest for the originality of the observations they contain. Many parts of them are admirably adapted for giving an insight into problems regarding the structure and changes of the earth's surface, and in fact they form a charming introduction to physical geology and physiography in their application to special domains.
Sir Walter Raleigh may be taken as the great typical figure of the age of Elizabeth. Courtier and statesman,
soldier and sailor, scientist and man of letters, he engaged in almost all the main lines of public activity in his
time, and was distinguished in them all.
His father was a Devonshire gentleman of property, connected with many of the distinguished families of the
south of England. Walter was born about 1552 and was educated at Oxford.
I shall commence this chapter by a description of Spanish Guiana (Provincia de la Guyana), which is a part of the ancient Capitania general of Caracas. Since the end of the sixteenth century three towns have successively borne the name of St. Thomas of Guiana. The first was situated opposite to the island of Faxardo, at the confluence of the Carony and the Orinoco, and was destroyed* by the Dutch, under the command of Captain Adrian Janson, in 1579. (* The first of the voyages undertaken at Raleigh's expense was in 1595; the second, that of Laurence Keymis, in...
A noted English lawyer-author has declared that the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes is the final word of the
world's philosophy; that no ancient or modern thinker has uttered a profounder word. And in the seventh verse
of that chapter it reads, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God
who gave it.
THIS SIXTEENTH-CENTURY odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca's is one of the great true epics of history. It is the
semi-official report to the king of Spain by the ranking surviving officer of a royal expedition to conquer
Florida which fantastically miscarried.
Four out of a land-force of 300 men--by wits, stamina and luck--found their way back to civilization after
eight harrowing years and roughly 6,000 miles over mostly unknown reaches of North America.
The present work is the outcome of two lines of study pursued, with more or less interruption from other
studies, for about thirty years. It will be observed that the book has two themes, as different in character as the
themes for voice and piano in Schubert's "Frühlingsglaube," and yet so closely related that the one is needful
for an adequate comprehension of the other.
The increasing interest attached to all that part of the American Continent situated within and near the tropics, has suggested the publication of the present edition of Humboldt's celebrated work, as a portion of the SCIENTIFIC LIBRARY. Prior to the travels of Humboldt and Bonpland, the countries described in the following narrative were but imperfectly known to Europeans. For our partial acquaintance with them we were chiefly indebted to the early navigators, and to some of the followers of the Spanish Conquistadores.
"Where are you going, Jack?" "To the shops of John Fowler & Company." "To look for a job?" "Yes." "Then you are in luck, for I heard this morning that they want another striker in the lower shop at once." "Then I'll strike for the opening at once, and my name is not Jack North if I don't land it." "It will be John Slowshanks when you do get it, mind me!" cried out another voice, from an alley-way near at hand, and before Jack North or his companion could recover from their surprise the speaker, a tall, awkward...
A tablon, equal to 1849 square toises, contains nearly an acre and one-fifth: a legal acre has 1344 square toises, and 1.95 legal acre is equal to one hectare. A torta weighs three quarters of a pound, and three tortas cost generally in the province of Caracas one silver rial, or one-eighth of a piastre. It is sufficient to mention, that the cubic foot contains 2,985,984 cubic lines. Foot (old measure of France) about five feet three inches English measure.
This tale is founded upon two sagas, which have been translated literally and without attempt to accord their
discrepancies by York Powell and Vigfussen in their invaluable Origines Icelandicae. As well as those
versions I have had another authority to help me, in Laing's Sea-Kings of Norway. I have blent the two
accounts into one, and put forward the result with this word of explanation, which I hope will justify me in the
treatment I have given them.