Full text of "Loch Creran: notes from the West Highlands"La Brigida commands a fine view of the Isleta, with its black sand and white foam, leek-green waters upon the reefs, and deep offing of steely blue.Again, great are the difficulties in determining the nationality of the explorers, and settling the conflicting claims of the French, Genoese, Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Arabs.The soil is a loose clay, deep-red or brown, impregnated with iron and, where unclothed with humus, cold and infertile, as the spontaneous aloe shows.
Our guides now whistled to their comrades below, who had remained in charge of the animals.The subject and protected territories exceed Algeria in extent, and the position will link the French possessions in the Mediterranean with the rich mineral lands proposed for conquest in the south.Altogether the appearance is coquet, sportsmanlike, and decidedly appropriate.As at Peruvian Arica, many remains have been exposed by modern earthquakes and landslips.The horizon, when clear, had a pinkish hue, and near coast and islands puffy folds of dazzling white, nearly 5,000 feet high, were based upon dark-grey streaks of cloudland simulating continents and archipelagoes.
The wine is tainted with sulphur in its odorous union with hydrogen.The endogenous monster, indigenous to the Elysian Fields, is to the surrounding vegetation what the cockatrice is to the cock, the wyvern to the python.The shape is usually spheroidal, and the material hypersthene (a hard and close-grained bluish granite) or diorite, greenstone-trap blackened by sun and rain.The species preferred are, in order of merit, the Cayena, the black Jamaica, and the Brazilian Abacaxi.The first governor, Perestrello, fled from the progeny of his own she-rabbit.This trading economy of time, again, is an improvement more satisfactory to the passenger than to the traveller and sightseer who may wish to see the world.By its side runs a tramway for transporting the huge blocks of concrete intended to prolong the pier.The Holy Tribunal broke up in 1820, when, the Constitution proving too strong for St.
They consisted of the usual four classes--naval, military, colonial officials, and commercials.Its banks bear large plantations of the dates from which Las Palmas borrows her pretty Eastern names.It is an island within an island. St. Mary the Greater is the northernmost of that mass of riverine holms and continental islands which, formed by the Cacheo and other great drains, extends south to the Rio Grande.That half the washings are wasted because quicksilver is unknown.There is a Carriera or Corso (High Street) mostly empty, also the great deserted Plaza del.
But as the French commandant reported that some of the enemy were still lurking about the place, our General-in-Chief directed Captain Don Santiago Madan, second adjutant of the same corps, to reconnoitre once more the Valle Seco with 120 Rozadores.Awaiting exportation to Spain, they had been temporarily coffined upon a damp ground-floor, where the cockroaches respected nothing, not even a Guanehe.All the teeth were present, but they were not particularly white nor good.The life-sized figures, coarsely carved in wood and dressed in real clothes, were St.He concludes with saying that cochineal, which in other days made the fortune of his native islands, will soon be completely abandoned.The facial angle, well opened, and ranging from 80 deg. to 85 deg., counterbalanced the great development of the face, which showed an animal type.Hence the puffs of vapour seen from below against the sparkling blue sky, and disappearing like huge birds upon the wings of the wind: hence, too, the tradition of the mast and the lateen sail.
This decision, and the chances of destruction in case of hostilities continuing, made him alter his tone.The new houses are built with some respect for architectonic effect of light and shade: such fine old streets as the Rua Augusta offend the eye by facades flat as cards with rows of pips for windows.
Low land loomed on both sides, with rooty and tufted mangroves, apparently based upon the waves, showing that we approached an estuary, which soon narrowed from thirty miles to seven and to two.This did much harm to the trade, by baulking the demand and by teaching the public to do without it.
From Dog Island we bent to the east and passed the Jilifri or Grilofre village, in the Badibu country, a place well known during the days of Park.The substantial works of the Goncalo-Machico highway, the telegraph-posts, and the yellow-green lines of sugar-cane, were the only changes I could detect in Eastern Madeira.
A celebrated case of barratry was going on in 1863, the date of my first visit, when Lloyds sent out a detective and my friend Capt.This officer, perceiving that the Militiamen who had joined the Chasseurs were preparing to attack, signalled with a white flag a cessation of hostilities, and our men were restrained by the orders of Don Fernando del Hoyo.
I heard of one assault upon an English girl, but strangers are mostly safe amongst them.The worst and not the least hideous were the mulattos, of whom the negroes say they are silver and copper, not gold.Some years ago an energetic effort was made to effect the exchange, but it was frustrated by missionary and sentimental considerations.Then we came to Ponta do Sol, the only remarkable site on the trip, famous for bodice-making and infamous for elephantiasis.
Beyond Cabo Girao the scenery is grand enough, but monotonous in the extreme.Its tactic is to set black against white, to pander for the public love of scandal, and systematically to abuse all the employes of Government.No more satisfactory refreshment on a small scale than a biscuit and a glass of Bual.A host of boats and dug-outs, a swarm of natives like black ants, a long wooden jetty, and some very tall houses denote the place where Messrs.Compare the same with our starved establishment at the Ruined River-port.The wall is pierced, like the torrent-side of Mar Saba (Jerusalem), with caves that shelter a troglodyte population.The glory of an explorer, I need hardly say, results not so much from the extent, or the marvels of his explorations, as from the consequences to which they lead.We ran along the western shore of Cephalonia, the isle of three hundred villages: anyone passing this coast at once understands how Greece produced so many and such excellent seamen.The several platforms, carried by the brotherhoods in purple copes, were preceded by the clergy with banners and crosses and were followed by soldiers.
We then walked up to Government House, the Fort Thornton of old charts, whose roof, seen from the sea, barely tops the dense curtain of tree and shrubbery that girds and hangs around it.