Adventures in the Pacific: With Observations on the Natural Productions, Manners and Customs of the Natives of the Various Islands

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W. Curry, jun., 1845 - Oceania - 290 pages
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Page 132 - I continued my search over this once well-cared for plantation, until I came to the highest or upper part of the clearing, which was walled along for several hundred yards by solid rock. Up near this, almost concealed by a clump of trees, and nearly overgrown with wild vine, I discovered a house, or rather hut, on a comfortable scale. There was no sound of human voice here — all was still. I knew, from the indications about, that it was long since the place had been attended to. The net-work of...
Page 135 - A few blows of a heavy stone against the posts laid all prostrate, and shut out the sight for ever. ' Whilst in those seas I made many inquiries, from captains and others frequenting those islands, about this solitary man, but no one knew or had heard anything about him. He must have been dead for many years, from the state of the skeleton, the hut, and longneglected plantations. I left the grounds without touching anything, with a heavy heart, and could not eat a bit until I was miles away from...
Page 133 - On entering this wild barrier, 1 came at once on the house, which was built against the rock with a shed roof thatched — the sides and front merely posts of wood, interlaced by vine branches, and covered over with mud. The whole was in a falling state ; there was only a doorway into it, but no door. I now with strange feelings entered the door ; there was ample light through this ruin to see all. It was a melancholy sight, and discovery to me. In the centre of the floor, near a rude table, lay...
Page 134 - ... an old worn-out and rust-eaten carabine and cutlass in the corner : there was a shelf which had once served for a bed, with seal-skins on it. I searched minutely, but could not find either paper or any other thing that could give the least information as to the name, or who this unfortunate recluse was. It was a dismal scene. I came out and gazed on this hut for some time ; a thought struck me, and I proceeded to execute it. All was a ruin, and now falling ; the only thing I could now do for...
Page 133 - I came at once on the house, which was built against the rock, with a shed roof thatched — the sides and front merely posts of wood, interlaced by vine branches, and covered over with mud. The whole was in a falling state ; there was only a doorway into it, but no door. ' I now with strange feelings entered the door ; there was ample light through this ruin to see all. It was a melancholy sight and discovery to me. In the centre of the floor, near a rude table, lay the skeleton of a man, only partially...
Page 215 - Mate (one of the chiefs) gave me his own head-dress, which he had worn in fifteen battles. It fitted me exactly and was a splendid thing. There was a hoop of brown bark, about three inches deep, to fit on the head ; this was encircled with pearl-shell of various shapes, and red berries glued fast on ; from the entire circumference of the top, drooped gracefully over the shoulders the long shining feathers of the cock's tail ; the inside was lined, and the lower edge fringed, with the varied-coloured...
Page 132 - I came suddenly on a space of ground, which was partially clear, and where a few trees lay, that had evidently a few years ago been cut down by some one. On further entering this space, there were mustard pumpkins, melons, Indian corn, sweet potatoes, and tobacco, all growing indiscriminately, and in a very wild state— tall weeds, and suckers of young trees, starting up here and there from the roots of the old ones. " In looking about, I saw what was once a spade, but the blade of which now was...
Page 132 - In looking about I saw what was once a spade, but the blade of which now was only rust, and fell in pieces when I touched it with my foot. Near this, in a hollow, was a well with water enough, but overgrown and covered with weeds. It was regularly built round with stone. I continued my search over this once well-cared...
Page 82 - They got in the line very fast, and when the whale came up to blow, the boat was not more than four hundred yards off, the oars all peaked, and out of the water ; he then started to windward, towing the boat after him at about fifteen miles an hour, the water boiling and foaming high up on either side of it. All hands in the boat now laid hold of the line, and kept hauling...
Page 213 - ... and voluntarily submit to this pain, for (as they, poor things, imagine) grandeur and beauty. I was four hours under the operator the first day, and three hours the second ; which time sufficed to mark on my skin the delineations and characteristics of a chief.

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