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It stems such a responsibility for some one. The Captain, perhaps ! 5: Sunday: early for our picnic. 30. The MANAOS 25 p a r t y consisted of George a n d myself, Mr. Sclnvabe, Mr. Sutton, Mr. K u p a n d Dr. H o r t o n . The morning was delicious a n d beautifully c o o l ; after " launching " u p t h e Rio Negro for a b o u t an hour a n d a half, Ave t u r n e d into a small t r i b u t a r y Avhere we tried for some m i n u t e s t o a t t r a c t t h e a t t e n t i o n of a pilot, and at length got a regular m a n of t h e Avoods t o accept t h e position.

I t was very hot to-day, a n d t h e r e seemed t o be scarcely a b r e a t h of air stirring. C a p t a i n Good's house is very stuffy, as t h e y s h u t t h e Avindows on one side of t h e house t o keep t h e rain out, and therefore there is no t h r o u g h d r a u g h t . To-day m y p a r r o q u e t b e c a m e too adventurous, overbalanced, a n d fell into t h e Avater. The poor little t h i n g flapped a b o u t a n d was gradually getting more a n d more e x h a u s t e d when one of t h e boys beloAv j u m p e d overboard a n d rescued it.

The i n h a b i t a n t s looked poor, a n d for food AVC only saAv b a n a n a s a n d foAvls. These I n d i a n ' houses are most picturesque, Avith their IQUITOS TO BOCCA PACHITEA 51 great sloping roofs m a d e of p a l m leaves, and t h e Avails m a d e of b a m b o o s stuck together. Thev are built on piles to preAent t h e Avater from flooding t h e m a t high river, a n d in this particular place the i n h a b i t a n t s were obliged to Avadc a b o u t their garden ! In t h e afternoon AVC passed another raft, and A SUNSET ON THE UCAYALI on it Avere three men, and a fire burning, b u t t h e Avash of our steamer quickly p u t out t h e fire !

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