Funafuti, Or, Three Months on a Coral Island: An Unscientific Account of a Scientific Expedition

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J. Murray, 1899 - Funafuti Island - 318 pages
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Page 118 - Mrs." ; children never address their parents as " father " or " mother," but call them "Solomona" (Solomon), or "Iesapela" (Jezebel), as the case may be. The smallest talking youngster on the island in speaking to the king, would call him " Elia." I tried hard to see the advantage of being a king in Funafuti, but couldn't. The king's hut was not so good as the native pastor's, his clothes were no better than those of his subjects ; and his food was the same — cocoa-nut, fish, and taro. He had...
Page 277 - palenti too moshy cly" did not dawn on me until I saw them say good-bye to one of their own girls, Vitolia, who was going in the John Williams to Apia, to the High School there. All the village assembled on the beach. Vitolia came out, with swollen eyes and damp countenance, in a frock just presented to her by another girl. When she was close up to the boat her mother clung round her neck, rubbed noses, and set up the most dismal howl that ever anyone's nerves were thrilled with.
Page 88 - To Mrs. David, the lady,— " My love to you ! alas my mother ! The thought weeps when I think of you, together with the others, because of your kindness to me. Alas for my love ! Dear, oh dear, my heart is full of love, but it is difficult because I cannot speak ; but I thought I would try and send this small piece of paper to make known to you my love. Alas my mother ! my love is very great, and it is difficult and hard because we shall be so soon parted. Grief continues to grow in my heart when...
Page 20 - ... des Kirchengesangs deutet auf eine anscheinend bereits europäisch hybridisierte Form des „pentatonischen Wechselgesangs" : „After the prayer came a hymn . . . One man started and got through half a line, when all the others joined, in harmony, such a weird savage harmony, but still harmony . . . The natives sang in many parts, from the high-pitched nasal reedy treble to deep thunderous bass . . . what a volume of sound there was too, everyone joining in with all his might, such go, and such...
Page 188 - Ms widow now receives only one-third of the real estate, he paid for twice as much as his widow is now getting. The answer to this argument of course is that the testator had a right to dispose of his property as he saw fit, and by the same token, to impose such charges and conditions as he saw fit.
Page 20 - ... pentatonischen Wechselgesangs" : „After the prayer came a hymn . . . One man started and got through half a line, when all the others joined, in harmony, such a weird savage harmony, but still harmony . . . The natives sang in many parts, from the high-pitched nasal reedy treble to deep thunderous bass . . . what a volume of sound there was too, everyone joining in with all his might, such go, and such perfect time - it was like a tonic. The sudden shock of the dead stop at the end of each...
Page 20 - ... Missionierung entstanden; die meisten Lieder handelten von Bibelgeschichten, Geographie, Astronomie und Naturgeschichte1. Die folgende Beschreibung des Kirchengesangs deutet auf eine anscheinend bereits europäisch hybridisierte Form des „pentatonischen Wechselgesangs" : „After the prayer came a hymn . . . One man started and got through half a line, when all the others joined, in harmony, such a weird savage harmony, but still harmony . . . The natives sang in many parts, from the high-pitched...
Page 173 - ... they could aim well too, and got tremendously merry over aiming at me and each other, and dodging their rivals at the same time. It was warm work dodging half a dozen spouts, but after getting one or two swift and wellaimed ones in my eye, I found that I could work up enough energy to avoid the rest. I never laughed so much in my life as I did in the lagoon with these frisky, mischievous piccaninnies. Then they always insisted on a performance from me, and I would swim about half a dozen strokes...
Page 264 - ... never miss prayers. We took them away to various islets for several dredging and surveying trips, and the boatmen assembled in clean lava-lavas, regularly at 6 am and at sundown, on the beach for prayer-meetings. No matter where we were, or what the weather was like, prayers were never neglected. We were very much astonished the first time we saw them preparing for the service, getting into clean shirts and lava-lavas, and grouping themselves round a fire. We wondered what the fire was for, as...
Page 264 - By the way, the natives never miss prayers. We took them away to various islets for several dredging and surveying trips, and the boatmen assembled in clean lava-lavas, regularly at 6 am and at sundown, on the beach for prayer-meetings. No matter where we were, or what the weather was like, prayers were never neglected.

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