A Residence of Eleven Years in New Holland and the Caroline Islands: Being the Adventures of James F. O'Connell

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B.B. Mussey, 1841 - Australia - 265 pages
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Page iii - And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake; She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them.
Page 51 - Flash is pattered at him with all a woman's volubility, and the old blowens who have been so often turned back to the factory for drunkenness or other faults that their case is past redemption, commence quizzing the wife-hunter. "There, there's a new chum, just come out!" pointing to some uninviting looking maiden; "she's the girl for you!
Page 52 - I'll give you three months before you're returned!" cries one, and "It's a bargain you've got, old stringy-bark!" cries another. Hubbub and confusion mark the exit of the couple, and the bride's character is immediately picked to pieces by the neglected, as soon as her back is turned, and the appearance of her husband elect most scientifically blasted, after the usual manner of decrying sour grapes. The clothes of the convict are returned to her, and, dressed again like a free woman, she hies with...
Page 49 - ... proportion of the police cases are complaints preferred by husbands against wives, who have too soon let the motives of their marriage become apparent by their conduct. The process of a factory courtship is worth describing. Let us suppose the suitor an old 'stringy-bark', such being the sobriquet in which inland settlers rejoice. He has no particular maid in view, but has obtained of Bishop Marsden permission to visit the factory and seek a wife, and a letter to the matron certifying his intent....
Page 104 - Broiling heat succeeded the chills of night ; the wind abated, flattened, at noon we were becalmed ; dying with heat and fatigue upon a sea whose dead swell was so tranquil that its glassy, slimy smoothness was not ruffled. Toward night we had a breeze again, through the night the wet chills, and the same heat and calm upon the next day. After two days and three nights' exposure, the daughter died about ten o'clock on the third day.
Page 32 - It may be well here to remark, that if a convict is discovered to have money to any considerable amount, it is taken from him or her, and deposited in a Savings Institution at Sydney, where it accumulates till the time of sentence expires. The conversations of the passengers with the boats alongside are peculiar, and have a character which no greetings away from New South Wales can resemble. "Lord love 'ee, Sal! is that you? and how long are ye lagged for?
Page 181 - Namadow, left my situation not quite so pleasant as before. Ahoundel seemed inclined to repair his harshness with over affection, and it was with much difficulty George and I obtained permission to leave Nutt even for twenty-four hours. Outside the reef which bounds Bonabee are two islands, one called by the natives Hand, about twenty miles distant, the other Pokeen, about sixty miles distant. The latter, called on the charts Wellington Island, is inhabited ; Hand is not. The inhabitants of Wellington...
Page 50 - Some, all sheepish smiles and blushes, would look as foolish as all young ladies are supposed to, when a third person happens in upon an interview at which the question has just been popped. Others would avert their faces in a sort of indifference ; as, although a refusal is seldom met by an applicant, still these seekers for help-meets are not all of such an appearance as to tempt a woman half way.
Page 207 - The tide appeared to be high, our canoe was paddled into a narrow creek; so narrow that in places a canoe could hardly have passed us, while in others, owing to the inequality of the ground, it swelled to a basin. At the entrance we passed for many yards through two walls, so near each other that, without changing the boat from side to side, we could have touched either of them with a paddle. They were about ten feet high; in some places dilapidated, and in others in very good preservation. Over...
Page 50 - ... a third person happens in upon an interview at which the question has just been popped. Others would avert their faces in a sort of indifference ; as, although a refusal is seldom met by an applicant, still these seekers for help-meets are not all of such an appearance as to tempt a woman half way. A third set would most prudishly frown upon a proceeding which pays so little respect to the prescriptive rights of the ladies ; while, as if purposely set in contrast to these fastidious ones, others...

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