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... FIYE YEARS' RESIDENCE WEST INDIES. CHAPTER I. JOURNEY ROUND THE
ISLAND--IMPRACTICABLE ROAD--MILITARY VILLAGE -- MORNE CALEBES8E
PERILOUS RIDE--PLAGUE OF GRASSHOPPERS MADEMOISELLE JOSEPH BANDE DE
I.'este RIVER SCENERY--MR. C. POINT MAYORO THREADING THE QUICKSANDS
M. ST. FERRIER. I Left Port of Spain, on Friday, April 14th, to
make what is called the tour of the island, that is, to go from the
western coast to the Bande de FEste, or eastern side, and from
thence to the extreme south, crossing again directly to the north.
From a variety of circumstances, this is a journey of considerable
fatigue and some risk. The first stage is to Arima, sixteen miles.
I was on horseback, having as a guide a trustworthy, clever,
coloured man, on foot, who carried my sac de nuit on his head, for
which service, to Nariva, forty-five miles, he was to receive six
dollars, or one pound five shillings. From St. Joseph's the
mountains gradually dwindle VOL. II. B in height and boldness of
form to Arima, where they subside into merely high ridges or spurs.
We passed Tacarigua and Arouca, two small villages, each having its
church, and forded several rivers, composed of about a couple of
feet of water running over a hard, gravelly soil, though in the
rainy season they become impetuous torrents. Near the last we saw a
wooden cross, where, a few years ago, a planter, en route, was
hacked to pieces by a negro footpad. A great number of ananas, or
wild pine-apples, were growing by the road-side; but as these are
invariably cut by the passing negroes a day or two before they are
ripe, travellers like ourselves had no chance of improving the
occasion. They are said, however, to be exceedingly well-flavoured.
About four miles from Arima, we entered the woods by a broad,
rustic road, exactly like...
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