Journal of Commodore Goodenough, During His Last Command as Senior Officer on the Australian Station, 1873-1875

Journal of Commodore Goodenough, During His Last Command as Senior Officer on the Australian Station, 1873-1875

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...of fifteen, a graceful creature, who said " Thank you " quite prettily, and when I gave her a picture book, put it on her head quite gracefully. She was daughter of Pulipuli. She had a fine mat with red feather border round her body, and a blue tiputa or cape, and on top of her head a red, embroidered smoking cap. This Pulipuli was of so high rank that in the war no one would touch him for fear of a worse broil than the actual war, a blood feud which it takes years to subdue; for these people have been at war till now on some absurd question of honour which no European can explain. The English residents came to tea afterwards. November nth.--The Taimua, seven in number, with their fool, and a clerk or secretary, came on board, and in the presence of the Commander and of Perry I said, " I am glad to have received the chiefs, forming the Tainma, on board to-day; and that I am here so soon after the promulgation of the laws and constitution which came into force on November ist, because I wish to show to every one in Samoa, as well to Samoans as to foreigners, that I recognise the authority of the Taimua, and that as far as I can I intend to give it support." The leader, or President, Paii, then said, " We can say nothing; we have nothing to say but that we are deeply grateful to you for the part which you have taken to-day, and in testimony of our gratitude I show my respect to you by a gesture which is the highest token which our native customs afford; the mania, or placing my hand on my head," which he did. Another chief said, " Let us all join in doing what Paii has done to show that we all unite in this testimony;" and all together raised their hands to their heads, an appropriate gesture. I then said, "I hope that nothing will occur to make more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
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  • English
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