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Agassiz bopes to bave efficient aid from his younger assistants. 80 much of the lecture consisted of explanations given upon geological maps that it is difficult to rccord it. He principal object, however, was to show in what direction they should work in order to give greater precision to the general information already secured respecting the formation of the continent. "The basin of the Amazons, for instance, i a level plain. The whole of it is covcred with loose materials. We must watch carefully thc character of these loose materials, and try to track them to their origin.

No doubt in a general way it is to collect materials for future study. " The lecture closed with some account of the Sa1monidm, found all over the northern hemi phere, but represented in South America by the Characines, distinct species of which may be looked for in the separate water-basins of Brazil; and also of several other important families of South American fish , espe~ '" Molinesia and Pcecilia. 3 34 A JOUR11EY IN BRAZIL. * April 17th. - Yesterday was Easter Sunday, and the day was beautiful.

An immense field of observation is open in this order alone. , &c. exactly alike. The young robin and the young crow are web-footed, as well as tbe duck. It is only later that the fingers of the foot become distinct. How very interesting it will be to continue this investigation among the tropical birds! - to see whether, for instance, the toucan, with its gigantic bill, has, at a certain age, a bill like that of all other birds; whether the spoonbill ibis has, at the same age, nothing characteristic in the shape 0 living naturali t could now tell you one of its bill.

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