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By William Henry Edwards

ISBN-10: 0511697945

ISBN-13: 9780511697944

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical examine. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized day trip to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from big apple, brief place of dwelling within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in interesting aspect the animals, crops and geography of the quarter, speaking his satisfaction at each one discovery. Highlights of the amount contain bright depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique end result 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 overall reader, this ebook will captivate somebody drawn to the historical past of trip and exploration, in addition to the advance of clinical research within the tropics.

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The cool evening, lovely and brilliant, calls out every one ; and a round of pleasure encroaches far into the night. Parties and balls are constantly being given, and all over the city is heard the light music of the guitar and the sounds of the joyous dance. Upon the last Saturday evening of each month is a public subscription ball, and Para's beauties are there in all the fascination of flashing eyes, and raven hair, and airy movements. Sometimes a theatrical company ventures into this remote region, and for a while the new prima donna is all the rage.

No clouds obscured the sky, and the millions of starry lights that in this clime render the moon's absence of little consequence were shining upon us in their calm, still beauty. The stream where we were anchored was narrow ; tall trees drooped over the water, or mangroves shot out their long finger-like branches into the mud below. Huge bats were skimming past, night-birds were calling in strange voices from the tree-tops, fire-flies darted their mimic lightnings, fishes leaped above the surface flashing in the starlight, the deep, sonorous baying of frogs came up from distant marshes, and loud plashings inshore suggested all sorts of nocturnal monsters.

Most of the nests were arched over above to keep out the sun's heat, and particularly those of the Fly-catcher family, who in the north build open nests. ] THE TROOPIAL. 37 bird, much marked with yellow, and frequently seen in cages. Their native name is Japim. They build in colonies pensile nests of grass, nearly two feet in length, having an opening for entrance near the top. Upon one tree standing in the middle of the lake, not more than ten feet high, and the thickness of a man's arm, were forty-five nests of these birds, built one upon another, often one depending from another, and completely concealing all the tree-top except a few outermost leaves; at a distance the whole resembled a huge basket.

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