A Voyage Up the River Amazon: Including a Residence at Pará

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J. Murray, 1861 - Amazon River - 210 pages
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Page 29 - ... altars ever sends heavenward worshipful incense. Nor is this wild luxuriance unseen or unenlivened. Monkeys are frolicking through festooned bowers, or chasing in revelry over the wood arches. Squirrels scamper in ecstasy from limb to limb, unable to contain themselves for joyousness.
Page 186 - The last was dipped into the milk, and immediately held over the smoke, which, without much discolouring, dried the surface at once. It was then redipped, and the process was repeated a dozen times until the shoe was of sufficient thickness, care being taken to give a greater number of coatings to the bottom. The whole operation, from the smearing of the last to placing the finished shoe in the sun, required less than five minutes ! The shoe was now of a slightly more yellowish hue than the liquid...
Page 185 - ... the inmates. The lasts used were of wood exported from the United States, and were smeared with clay to prevent adhesion. In the leg of each was a long; stick serving as a handle. The last was dipped into the milk and immediately...
Page 34 - Sometimes they are seen chasing each other in sport with a rapidity of flight and intricacy of path the eye is puzzled to follow. Again, circling round and round, they rise high in mid-air, then dart off like light to some distant attraction. Perched upon a little limb, they smooth their plumes, and seem to delight in their dazzling hues; then darting off leisurely, they skim along, stopping capriciously to kiss the coquetting flowerets.
Page 34 - ... and blazing, and altogether pictures of the most violent rage. Several times we saw them battling with large black bees, who frequent the same flowers, and may be supposed often to interfere provokingly. Like lightning our little heroes would come down, but the coat of shining mail would ward their furious strokes. Again and again would they renew the attack, until their anger had expended itself by its own fury, or until the apathetic bee, once roused, had put forth powers that drove the invader...
Page 198 - The other species attain the length of twenty-seven feet. In the inner lakes, towards the close of the rainy season, myriads of ducks breed in the rushes, and here the alligators swarm to the banquets of young birds. Mr. Edwards tells us, that should an adventurous sportsman succeed in arriving at one of these places, he has but a poor chance of bagging many from the flocks around him; for the alligators are upon the alert, and the instant a wounded bird strikes the water, they rush en masse for...
Page 28 - Amid these giants, very few low trees or little underbrush interferes wiih one's movements, and very rarely is the path intercepted by a fallen log. But about the trees cling huge snake-like vines, winding round and round the trunks, and through the branches, sending their long arms, binding tree to tree. Sometimes they throw down long feelers, which swing in mid air, until they reach the ground, when taking root, they in their turn throw out arms that cling to the first support.
Page 185 - At ten o'clock we stopped at an anatto-plantation, awaiting the tide, and here we saw the manufacture of rubber. The man of the house returned from the forest about noon, bringing in nearly two gallons of milk, which he had been engaged since daylight in collecting from one hundred and twenty trees that had been tapped upon the previous morning. This quantity of milk he said would suffice for ten pairs of shoes, and when he himself attended to the trees he could collect the same quantity every morning...
Page 55 - Botanically it is the Bertholletia excelsa. This tree was upwards of one hundred feet in height and between two and three iu diameter. From the branches were depending the fruits, large as cocoa-nuts. The shell of these is nearly half an inch in thickness, and contains the triangular nuts so nicely packed that once removed no skill can replace them. It is no easy matter to break this tough covering, requiring some instrument and the exercise of considerable strength : yet we were assured by an intelligent...
Page 34 - Often two meet in mid air and furiously fight, their crests and the feathers upon their throats all erected and blazing, and altogether pictures of the most violent rage.

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