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Now your feet touch ground and you walk slowly about on the cleanest white sand in the world. An ostrich feather of a sea-plume as tall as yourself sweeps against you; it is royal purple and might well be some weird fern from Mars. On a mound of sand you gently seat yourself, sand-colored crabs and small fish skittering just out of the way. You lean against a fret-work of purest marble while at your elbow is a rounded table of lapis lazuli on which are blossoming three flowers flowers unearthly and which lean toward you of Their petals are resplendent their own free will.
Lobotes) looking like nothing in the world. We caught sight, now and then, of very small, brown, wriggling worm-like fish, and after many attempts caught one, and found it was a diminutive gar, short of beak, toothless, but active and fierce in anticipation of its voracious life when its great rows of needle teeth backed by five or six feet of solid muscle would make it a most formidable adversary. The sight of the little gar cringing beneath a sheltering strand of weed, recalled a recent activity Early one of one of its uncles or forefathers.
An ichthyologist as well as to the observing Major of Aviation. interesting to 16 —a HAITIAN CONTRASTS AND BEGINNINGS Next day broke clear as every day of February does in Haiti and the last lights were hardly out in Port-au-Prince across the bay as we began break- We took the schooner's of our own, loaded with a multitude of hand-nets and pails. Westward, across reefs and around headlands we went, drawing a disturbed wake through emerald and ultramarine in succession as we passed over fast in the mess-tent.