Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College Volume 34

9781230036373: Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College Volume 34
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...itself, the vegetation vanished as quickly as it had come. Small plants had nevertheless had time to come to maturity and scatter their seeds, where they would await another rainy year for their development. Although the surroundings were greatly improved, so much cannot be said of the buildings themselves. A very little rain fell in December and January, but in February there was a heavy rainfall several times. With too much confidence in the testimony of the people of Chosica that it never rained in that vicinity, we had constructed an ell to our dwelling, containing two rooms, whose roof and walls were of building paper. These rooms were occupied by Senor Vieyra and the servants. The kitchen was also built of paper. The heavy rains of February proved too severe for these paper roofs, and it became necessary to replace them with canvas well painted. A great deal of inconvenience was occasioned by these changes and others that needed to be made at this time. Aside from actual rainfall, the station from December to March was frequently enveloped in cloud, occasionally for several days at a time. This cloud was so damp and cold that comfort was to be obtained only by staying indoors, and the supply of fuel was often in danger of running out. The health of the party during this time was in general good, and the servants proved faithful and kind under very trying circumstances. Francisco, made too sanguine by the abundant vegetation of the mountain during this period, planted some corn and vegetables. These throve well until the conclusion of the rainy season. They perished, however, at the beginning of the dry season, having attained a height of only a few inches. During our absence of nearly four months in southern Peru and Chili, very...

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