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QUARANTINE. 47 CHAPTER III. Quarantine?The Deiw ex machind?The
Pampero at night?Start in the ' Eothen'?' Seeing the New Year in'
at sea?Cruelty in hoisting cattle?The Straits of Magellan?Sea-birds
and wonders of the Kelp?The tragedy of Saudv Point?Snow Mountains
and Glaciers?Cape Pillar?Albatrosses and bad weather?Coronel?The
Gardens and Smelting Works of Lota?Arrival at Valparaiso. How were
we to get away from Buenos Ayres ? That was the question. Day by
day we found ourselves more and more entangled in the toils of
quarantine. The 'magnificent' steamer 'Luxor' had proved a delusion
and a snare; and the agents of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company
admitted that they had no means of putting passengers on board
their own ships calling at Montevideo. We discussed the alternative
of going to Rosario and Cordova, or Rio Quarto, with the view of
crossing the Pampas and the Cordillera of the Andes to Santiago and
Valparaiso. But this would rob us of the famous Straits of
Magellan, which we were particularly anxious to see; and while the
idea was in course of discussion, the news came that, so to speak,
our own familiar friend had lifted up his heel against us, and that
the provincial towns on the Parana were themselves imposing
quarantine on the inhabitants of the supposed-to-be-plagne-stricken
metropolis. Last of all we found, that even if we ' escaped to the
mountains,' the Chilian outposts on the passes of the 48 HOW TO
ESCAPE ? Andes would prevent the entrance of anything unclean into
their Republic. What was to be done, without the misery and
humiliation of enduring three weeks in a quarantine establishment,
full of Spanish and Italian emigrants whose overcrowding was in
itself a natural stimulus to disease? The Deus e.t machind appeared
in the person of Mr. Ash...
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