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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Oldport days, with ten heliotype illustrations from views taken in Newport, R. I., expressly for this work. 2 0 Browse Search
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition 2 0 Browse Search
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g and closing daily their minute valves, have kept meanwhile their own register, and with their busy fringed fingers have gathered from the whole Atlantic that small share of its edible treasures which sufficed for them. Plainly this waif has had its experiences. It was Robinson Crusoe's, Annie, depend upon it. We will save it from the flames, and when we establish our marine museum, nothing save a veritable piece of the North Pole shall be held so valuable as this undoubted relic from Juan Fernandez. But the night deepens, and its reveries must end. With the winter will pass away the winter-storms, and summer will bring its own more insidious perils. Then the drowsy old seaport will blaze into splendor, through saloon and avenue, amidst which many a bright career will end suddenly and leave no sign. The ocean tries feebly to emulate the profounder tragedies of the shore. In the crowded halls of gay hotels, I see wrecks drifting hopelessly, dismasted and rudderless, to be stran
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 24: 1872: Aet. 65. (search)
t, and to the various vendors were added groups of Indians coming to have their photographs taken. There were charming excursions and walks in the neighborhood, and the geology of the region was so interesting that it determined Agassiz to go by land from Talcahuana to Valparaiso, on a search after any glacial tracks that might be found in the valley lying between the Cordillera of the Andes and the Coast Range. Meanwhile the Hassler was to go on a dredging expedition to the island of Juan Fernandez, and then proceed to Valparaiso, where Agassiz was to join her a fortnight later. Although this expedition was under the patronage of the Coast Survey, the generosity of Mr. Thayer, so constantly extended to scientific aims, had followed Agassiz on this second journey. To his kindness he owed the possibility of organizing an excursion apart from the direct object of the voyage. This change of plan and its cause is told in the following extract from his general report to Professor Peir
That distinguished man at first refused, but his wife, Cleopatra, being pleased with the promising looks of Mr. Columbus, and actuated with a magnanimity which is a caricature of her sex, prevailed upon him to grant Columbus's request; whereupon, providing his vessels with stores and men out of his own pocket, Columbus got ready, and in a certain year he set sail from the holy sea of Rome, and after a long and tempestuous trip, he set foot at last upon the Plymouth Rock, on the island of Juan Fernandez. It was on that occasion that he exclaimed; 'Breathes there any man with soul so perfectly dead as never to himself has said, this is my own, my native land!' "Sir, Mr. Columbus did not long survive the hardships of that journey, and was taken prisoner by the king of the Cannon Ball islands, and with all his crew was cast into chains and slavery, where he died an ignominious natural death, with his whole crew, leaving not one to tell the tale. Peace to his ashes and their'n.