Travels in Peru and India: While Superintending the Collection of Chinchona Plants and Seeds in South America, and Their Introduction Into India

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J. Murray, 1862 - 572 pages

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Page 227 - Crimes were once so little known among them that an Indian with one hundred thousand pieces of gold and silver in his house left it open, only placing a little stick across the door as a sign that the master was out, and nobody went in. But when they saw that we placed locks and keys on our doors, they understood that it was from fear of thieves, and when they saw that we had thieves amongst us, they despised us.
Page 227 - And some thro' wavering lights and shadows broke, Rolling a slumbrous sheet of foam below. They saw the gleaming river seaward flow From the inner land : far off, three mountain-tops...
Page 7 - Locke's and all our ingeniouse and able doctors' method " of treating this disease with the Peruvian bark ; adding, " I am satisfied, that of all medicines, if it be good of its kind, and properly given, it is the most innocent and effectual, whatever bugbear the world makes of it, especially the tribe of inferior physicians, from whom it cuts off so much business and gain.
Page 345 - A man's moveable property, after his death, is divided equally among the sons and daughters of all his sisters. His landed estate is managed by the eldest male of the family; but each individual has a right to a share of the income.
Page 17 - Caventou in 1820. They considered that a vegetable alkaloid, analogous to morphine and strychnine, existed in quinquina bark ; and they afterwards discovered that the febrifugal principle was seated in two alkaloids, separate or together, in the different kinds of bark, called quinine and chinchonine, with the same virtues, which, however, were much more powerful in quinine.
Page 404 - Poliars occasionally trade with the country people, who place cotton and grain on some stone, and the wild creatures, as soon as the strangers are out of sight, take them and put honey in their place, but they will allow no one to come near them.
Page 41 - ... ascending the mountains, fell in with the hut of a bark-collector, the owner of which was stretched in the agonies of death, nearly naked, and covered with myriads of insects, whose stings had hastened his end. His face was so swollen as to be unrecognisable, and his limbs were in a frightful state. Such is the end to which their hazardous occupation exposes the bark-collectors, — death in the midst of the forests, without help and without consolation. But the uninhabited' parts of the forests...
Page 4 - In 1638 the wife of Luis Geronimo Fernandez de Cabrera Bobadilla y Mendoza, fourth Count of Chinchon, lay sick of an intermittent fever in the palace at Lima. Her famous cure induced Linnseus, long afterwards, to name the whole genus of quinine-yielding trees in her honour chinchona.
Page 349 - to an arrow shot from heaven, raising its graceful head and feathery crown in luxuriance and beauty above the verdant slopes.
Page 45 - A century ago, Condamine raised a warning voice against the destruction that was going on in the forests of Loxa. Ulloa advised the government to check it by legislation; soon afterwards Humboldt reported that 25,000 cinchona trees were destroyed every year, and Ruiz protested against the custom of barking the trees, and leaving them to be destroyed by rot. But nothing was...

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