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NOTES OF A NATURALIST

IN SOUTH AMERICA.

CHAPTER I.

Voyage across the Atlantic-Barbadoes—Jamaica-Isthmus of

Panama-Buenaventura, tropical forest—Guayaquil and the river Guayas-Payta-The rainless zone of PeruVoyage to Callao.

A VOYAGE across the Atlantic in a large ocean steamer is now as familiar and as little troublesome as the journey from London to Paris. It rarely offers any incident worth recounting, and yet, especially as a first experience, it supplies an abundant variety of sources of curiosity and interest. It is

easy

for

a man to sit down at home and within the walls of his own study to find the requisite materials for investigating the still unsolved problems presented by the physics and meteorology of the ocean, or the evidence favourable or hostile to the important modern doctrine of the permanence of the great ocean valleys ; but in point of fact very few men who stay at home do occupy themselves with these questions, and it is no slight

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