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PART IV.




JOURNEY FROM THE CAPITAL TO THE SHORES OF THE PACIFIC.




CHAPTER I.

A Party of Pleasure, -Visit to a Grazing Farm, -Views, -Taking of Cattle by the Lazo, -Medical Men, -Value of Labour.

Wednesday was the day fixed for our departure. On the previous evening twelve extra horses had arrived from a farm about six leagues distant, where we proposed to spend two or three weeks; and before daylight the note of preparation sounded in our ears. At length, we started, and a more motley group can scarcely be imagined. Chaucer's pilgrims to Canterbury could not have displayed a more whimsical variety either of dress or character. First led the way, a friar of the order of La Merced, dressed in the long white flannel gown and little straw hat of his order. Then trotted forward a secular