Around the Caribbean and Across Panama
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...Panama. Many days were spent in long canoe voyages up strange rivers, where torrents of water went crowding and chafing along against their wooded banks. It rained frequently, but many days were clear, and, secure with faithful guides in an unknown country of strange uncertainties, I thoroughly enjoyed my explorations. Frequently we met other parties in canoes, who were all curiosity to learn about my affairs and the object of my visit. My men always answered that they did not know, usually replying, "He's a stranger, going here and stopping there, just as he fancies, travelling like a crazy man; perhaps he is one." Whether they thought it policy not to tell of my examinations in regard to the gold deposits of that country, or whether they really thought I was not of sound mind, I do not know, but their peculiar care of me was perhaps suggestive. Once when we were on one of the smaller rivers, my chief guide, Profanio, called my attention to the trunk of a great tree which had fallen high above our heads across a ravine. It was worn smooth by the feet of animals that made it their regular track between the hills, and I was told that here, any night, wildcats, panthers, and jaguars could be shot as they passed across the log. It seemed a pity that I could not stay to have a shot at them, but I had come for other things, and left the place behind me with some regret. That same night we camped well up the river, having forced the canoe as far as it would go. We had to contend for our camp, a rude hut built in the woods, with a swarm of red ants, and after considerable trouble got the place free of them. Then we fixed our beds and were soon enjoying a thorough rest. I was just dozing off when I was awakened by a strange noise in the woods, ...
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- 27 Jun 2012
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