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By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to clinical learn. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized day trip to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from long island, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. knowledgeable observer, Edwards describes in interesting element the animals, crops and geography of the area, speaking his pride at every one discovery. Highlights of the quantity comprise brilliant depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique culmination and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used by way of either the naturalist and the final reader, this booklet will captivate someone drawn to the historical past of shuttle and exploration, in addition to the advance of clinical research within the tropics.

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CHAP. IV. pulling away at a pit-saw, are always a part of his fixtures. So with other trades. ) moved forward to glory. There is this deficiency throughout the province with respect to every sort of labour-saving machinery; and although now and then some individual of extraordinary enterprise has introduced improvements from other countries, and although the government allows new patents of machinery to be entered without a duty, yet the mass of proprietors know nothing of them. The introduction of machinery would compensate in a great degree the depressing scarcity of labourers, for want of whom this garden of the world lies desolate.

Pacas and agoutis chase wildly about, ready to scud away at the least noise. The sloth, enlivened by the general inspiration, climbs more rapidly over the branches, and seeks a spot where in quiet and repose he may rest him. The exquisite, tiny deer, scarcely larger than a lamb, snuffs exultingly the air, and bounds fearlessly, knowing that he has no enemy here. Birds of gaudiest plumage flit through the trees. The trogon, lonely sitting in her leaf-encircled home, calls plaintively to her long-absent mate.

Whatever repugnance we felt at first was speedily dissipated, and often, in regard to this as well as other dishes, we had reason to congratulate ourselves that our determination of partaking of whatever was set before us discovered to our acquaintance many agreeable dishes, and never brought us into trouble. Somewhere in these precincts A picked up a little naked Indian, with eyes like a hawk, and most amusingly expressive features. Squatted upon a bench, with his knees drawn up to his chin, he would watch every motion with the curiosity of a wild denominated him his tiger, but the man of the woods.

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