The Isles That Wait

The Isles That Wait

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...received in Queensland. He had selected Mr. Godden as being the most important life he knew. The news seemed incredible, and still hoping against hope, the ship steamed in, a few hours later, to Lolowai Bay. The deserted beach told its own tale, and presently the silent launching of the boat and the black bands on the sleeves of the boat's crew dealt a deathblow to any hope that remained. It was in sad contrast to the cheerful visit paid two months ago in bright sunshine. Now the little party stumbled up the rocky path by the dim light of a lantern to the desolate house where the widow was waiting. Then it was that the whole details were given of the sudden assault, of the dying man's farewell message to his wife, and his words, "Let there be no fighting." The boat's crew did what they could, but before they reached the beach Mr. Godden had breathed his last. Then it was that the boys showed such true chivalry: removing as far as possible all traces of the murder, they wrapped the body in mats before the wife saw it, but, arrived at Lolowai, none dared tell her. Hearing the boat was in she hurried down to the beach, perhaps with misgivings in her heart, to be turned into sick certainty when she saw the quiet form in the boat. Had it not been for the boat's crew she could hardly have borne that time, but they watched over and cared for her day and night, finally trying to take her over to Raga. But the sea was too rough and the wind too strong, and they had 10.turn back and wait until a small schooner came and took her over to the women's station. Mr. Drummond started for Opa at once, and Miss Hawkes went back in a day or two with Mrs. Godden, and together they packed up everything, and then just...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942574
  • 9781236942579