Narrative of the United States exploring expedition: during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, Volume 2

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Ingram, Cooke, 1852 - Antarctic regions
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Page 65 - ... begun before it is received. So highly do they esteem this food, that the greatest praise they can bestow on a delicacy is to say that it is as tender as a dead man.
Page 180 - Nothing can exceed the beauty of these waters and their safety. Not a shoal exists within the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty inlet, or Hood's canal, that can in any way interrupt their navigation by a 74-gun ship.
Page 176 - can give little idea of the terrors of the bar of the Columbia: all who have seen it have spoken of the wildness of the scene, and the incessant roar of the waters, representing it as one of the most fearful sights that can possibly meet the eye of the sailor.
Page 60 - ... she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death. On reaching the grave, the mother sat down, when they all, including children, grandchildren, relations, and friends, took an affectionate leave of her ; a rope, made of twisted tapa, was then passed twice around her neck by her sons, who took hold of it, and strangled her ; after which she was put into her grave, with the usual ceremonies. They returned to feast and mourn, after which she was entirely forgotten,...
Page 105 - The hot springs are five in number ; they are situated at some distance from the beach, and are nine feet above the level of high water ; they occupy a basin forty feet in diameter, about half-way between the base of the hill and the beach. A small brook of fresh water, three feet wide by two deep, passes so close to the basin, that one hand may be put into a scalding spring, and the other in water of the temperature of 75. That of the spring stands at 200 to 210. The waters join below, and...
Page 146 - I was struck with the absence of any noise except a low murmuring like that which is heard from the boiling of a thick liquid. The ebullition was (as is the case where the heat is applied to one side of a vessel) most violent near the northern side. The...
Page 60 - The missionary did all in his power to prevent so diabolical an act; but the only reply he received was, that she was their mother, and they were her children, and they ought to put her to death.
Page 97 - Every time this is repeated, they raise their voices until they reach the highest pitch, and conclude with ' 0-ya-ye,' which they utter in a tone resembling a horrid scream. This screech goes the rounds, being repeated by all the people of the koro, until it reaches its farthest limits, and, when it ceases, the king drinks his ava. All the chiefs clap their hands with great regularity while he is drinking ; and after he has finished his ava, the chiefs drink theirs without any more ceremony. The...
Page 48 - Similarly among the Fijians, who are solicitous in every way to propitiate their blood-thirsty deities, " when flags are taken they are always hung up as trophies in the mbure," or temple. That hundreds of gilt spurs of French knights vanquished by the Flemish in the battle of Courtrai, were deposited in the church of that place, and that in France flags taken from enemies were suspended from the vaults of cathedrals (a practice not unknown in Protestant England), are facts...
Page 214 - Grimble 1933-34: Instalment No. 1:20-21; there is a more complete discussion of totemism and exogamy in GP (4). It is first mentioned in European literature by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841: "some worship the souls of their departed ancestors, or certain birds, fish and animals . . . The natives always refuse to eat the animals, fish, &c., worshipped by them, but will readily catch them, that others may partake of their food.