Jottings from the Pacific; Life and Incidents in the Fijian and Samoan Islands

Jottings from the Pacific; Life and Incidents in the Fijian and Samoan Islands

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...to be applied to the empty dwelling, and the ground where it stood to be planted with kurilagi. The following year, the ripening of the taro was the signal for the destruction of another family and its residence, and the planting of another field of taro. Thus were sacrificed family after family, and house after house, until Chief Ratinbuna, father of the present ruler in Namosi, pardoned the few remaining, and suffered them to die a natural death. We can imagine the feelings of the unfortunate creatures as they watched the maturing of the threatening taro. Their lives were forfeited, where-ever they might go, throughout the dominions of that powerful chief. And, in those days, to escape into the domain of other chiefs was but to speed their awful doom. No other course remained, therefore, but to watch, watch the hurrying growth of the kurilagi. The taro beds behind us, we are soon out on the beach road, leading into the capital. But before we reach the stream up which our stroll begins, we come upon a prettily-matted house, belonging to Tui Levuka--king of Levuka--a fine-looking man, and a descendant of a great chief, of whom this story is told. One day when out on the sea, about seven miles from Ovalau, the great canoe of the chief was upset and sank, leaving himself and his retinue of forty-six men struggling in the deep. As the boat went down, the men formed a circle around their chief, joined hands, and with their feet kept themselves afloat. Very soon the sharks began to gather about them, seizing and devouring one by one the defenders of Tui Levuka. When one dropped out, the others quickly joined hands over the gap thus made, while the chief continued to swim safely within the ever-diminishing circle. The sharks kept steadily at their...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666762X
  • 9781236667625