Peru Incidents of Travel and Exploration in the Land of the Incas

Peru Incidents of Travel and Exploration in the Land of the Incas by E. George Squier, U. S. Commissioner to Peru. This book was published in 1877 and it is a thoroughly work on the Peru, its people, geography, climate, political life and ancient cultures. E. George Squier travelled Peru and went many places where no other foreigner had ever gone before to document the monuments of the Incas. One fine day he even shot a Condor:

One day, while I was sketching alone on the top of the ruins, a shadow suddenly fell upon my drawing, and I heard a sharp report like the noise of  two boards togeth­er. Looking up, I saw an immense condor, not more than fifteen feet above me, apparently ready to pounce upon me. I sprung to my feet, drew my pistol, and hastily fired. I do not know whether I hit him or not, hut he sailed off, “ on mighty pens,” a few hundred yards, and then turned back and poised himself directly over my head, but at a more re­spectful distance. I now had a chance for a fair shot at him, and the ball cut out one of the feathers of his wing close to the socket. It measured two feet four inches in length. It is hardly necessary to say that I saw no more of my feathered friend for the remainder of the day.

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