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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. 2010-01. Excerpt:... in the night by the howling of two jaquars or tigers, which were at no great distance but some large fires made them shy of approaching too near. We landed on Sunday, the 8th, at the village of Saint Bartolemi, and remained there one day to get some fresh boatmen which the patron succeeded in doing by paying nine dollars per man wages. Thermometer at two P.m. in the shade 88, and when placed on a sand floor in the room fell 3 in ten minutes. We paid a visit to an old Franciscan friar, belonging to one of the convents of Bogota. He told us he had entered the order in 1783 and was chatty and communicative. We sent for a bottle of claret, and made the old padre drink three or four glasses and notwithstanding his wry faces, which made our host smile and tip us the wink, I suspect he found it more palatable than Adam's ale, and had probably cracked many a bottle in his time. The friar was residing at Saint Bartolemi on account of his health. The haunt of an alligator eighteen feet long was near this village several pigs and dogs when drinking by the river had been carried off by him, and the natives were exerting their ingenuity to kill him, but hitherto he had baffled all their attempts. This alligator was pointed out to us in the act of attacking a smaller one on a sand-bank, which he drove into the river at double-quick time. People were cautious in approaching that part of the river under his dominion. We quitted Saint Bartolemi at five A.m. Thermometer at this time in the house 79. We slept that night at Sitio de Guerepata, on the fifth bank of the Magdalena. We found here two large champans, just arrived from Honda in two days and a half. This news exhilarated us exceedingly, as we saw a prospect of soon terminating our hot and tedious passage up...

    Travels Through the Interior Provinces of Colombia (Volume 1)

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