which, barred with various tints, seemed like the Andes
' western slope, to show forth in one array, contrasting climates, zone by zone.
It was a part of the great system of granite mountains which forms one of the most important and striking features of North America, stretching parallel to the coast of the Pacific from the Isthmus of Panama almost to the Arctic Ocean; and presenting a corresponding chain to that of the Andes
in the southern hemisphere.
So this bright coin came from a country planted in the middle of the world, and beneath the great equator, and named after it; and it had been cast midway up the Andes
, in the unwaning clime that knows no autumn.
On the west, however, rise the Rocky Mountains, that immense range which, commencing at the Straights of Magellan, follows the western coast of Southern America under the name of the Andes
or the Cordilleras, until it crosses the Isthmus of Panama, and runs up the whole of North America to the very borders of the Polar Sea.
Above us floated products of all kinds, heaped up among these brownish plants; trunks of trees torn from the Andes
or the Rocky Mountains, and floated by the Amazon or the Mississippi; numerous wrecks, remains of keels, or ships' bottoms, side-planks stove in, and so weighted with shells and barnacles that they could not again rise to the surface.
, likewise, or mountains, are far higher than those with us; whereby it seems, that the remnants of generation of men, were in such a particular deluge saved.
Let us go together over the ground of your last wonderful expedition over the Andes
. You will find that I am not altogether ignorant of your profession, or of those very interesting geological problems which you spoke of in connection with that marvellous railway scheme.
But the fool's neighbor, who is a step higher on the Andes
of the mind, whose head(that is to say, his more exalted thought) is too far above the fool to be seen or understood, but whose feet (by which I mean his everyday actions) are sufficiently near to be discerned, and by means of which that superiority is ascertained, which but for them would never have been discovered-this neighbor asserts that Shakespeare is a great poet--the fool believes him, and it is henceforward his opinion.
Geography was taught chiefly by making boys draw maps, and this was a favourite occupation, especially when the country dealt with was mountainous: it was possible to waste a great deal of time in drawing the Andes
or the Apennines.
I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes
, could I when there have precipitated him to their base.
He had shot big game in Siam, pearled in the Paumotus, visited Tolstoy, seen the Passion Play, and crossed the Andes
on mule-back; while he was a living directory of the fever holes of West Africa.
A number had gone to Panama, and four were talking of going to Ecuador to work in the shops of the railroad that ran over the Andes