The Cruise of the "Janet Nichol" Among the South Sea Islands: A Diary

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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914 - Oceania - 189 pages
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Page 16 - ... and punishment of delinquents1. Thomson says that since the missionaries have controlled the island there have been three kings, elected by chiefs of villages, who had themselves been elected by the people2. Turner refers to a threefold division of the island3. Mrs RL Stevenson says the island was governed by a king with the assistance of four chiefs and four sub-chiefs4. Goodenough (1873) was taken into consultation as to whether they should or should not have a king5. ROTUMA Rotuma is a small...
Page 5 - 24' averred that sour toddy "is the most danjwrous intoxicant in the world, as it incites in its users a frenzied desire to shed blood", and she described one such combat on Butaiitari in the following way: "... I accidentally came upon two women fighting together like wild beasts, their teeth sunk into each other's faces, which were streaming blood. 'Oh, what is the matter?
Page 173 - One of his favourite amusements was to hire a hansom cab for the day, put the driver inside, and drive the vehicle himself, calling upon various passers-by to join him at the nearest public house. Some years ago, when Jack was at his station, he received word that his trustee, who was in charge of his property, had levanted with it all. Whereupon poor Jack put a pistol to his head and blew out what brains he possessed. He was a beautiful creature, terribly annoying at times, but with something childlike...
Page 55 - From the first, I had been puzzled by a strange figure on the trader's veranda. When we were nearer I discovered it to be the figurehead of a wrecked ship, a very haughty lady in a magnificent costume. She held her head proudly in the air and had a fine, hooked nose.
Page 94 - The natives who were on board heard the word and fled incontinently, nor could they be persuaded to go back; the dread word "Peru
Page 40 - For one week out of every year all laws are held in abeyance, and the island gives itself up to hilarious enjoyment without fear of consequences, singing, beating the cocoanut-wood drum, and dancing according to the old heathen customs.
Page 143 - Pretty soon the crowd began surging round us; there was more furious talk, the Hawaiian looking very fine as he walked toward the mass of people, shaking his fists and, I am bound to say, interlarding his language with English oaths. When he had forced the crowd back by, I really think, the fire of his eye, he laughed in their faces contemptuously and turned to me translating the meaning of the scene. The "old men...
Page 147 - I had made up a little parcel for her, a red comb, a bead necklace, a bottle of fine scent, and a striped blue-and-white summer jersey, with a large silk handkerchief for her husband. The next day they, with their little daughter, came to pay us a visit on board, fetching with them three young fowls and a very fine, beautiful mat of a pattern I had not seen before.
Page 28 - We ran along Upolu for a couple of hours, the scenery enchanting; abrupt mountains, not so high as in Tahiti or Hawaii, nor so strangely awful as the Marquesan highlands, but with a great beauty of outline and colour, the thick jungle looking from the deck of the ship like soft green moss. Through the glass I could see a high, narrow waterfall drop into the sea.
Page 53 - Our route, until we dropped anchor, was studded with "horses' heads" as thick as raisins in a pudding. There would be a rock just awash on either side of us, a rock in front almost touching our bows, and a rock we had successfully passed just behind us. We were all greatly excited and filled with admiration for the beautiful way Captain Henry managed his ship.

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