St. Nicholas Volume 26, No. 1

St. Nicholas Volume 26, No. 1

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...one quarter gone, and hardtack made way for soap. Yes, he must have soap. Even yesterday old Hen'an had said: "War 's a terrible thing. It makes one's heart shake like a little mouse in one's body. But lack of soap is worse than war. You can get used to war; but who ever got used to going without soap?" Yes, there must be soap to gladden old Lu'an and serve to wash his kilt, which, truth to tell, sadly needed that attention. This meant another quarter. As to the third purchase there could be no manner of doubt. Some kava, the white, dry root which, pounded in water and strained by the dexterous use of a wisp of fiber, supplies the Samoan for the lack of every comfort, steeling his heart against the savage hardships of war, or cheering him on to victory when the thin ranks waver and men fall on every side--a mild, unexciting drink to a white man, who usually likens it to soapy water or to a medicine. Oh, how the kava would rejoice his father in those dismal woods, where he lay with the famishing army, bearing hunger, cold, and the misery of an unhealed wound with the uncomplaining fortitude of a Washington. And it should be none of that dusty, spotted stuff that so many traders sell to unknowing whites or natives in a hurry, but the wholesome white kava from Vaea, which grows the very finest in the South Seas. And the last quarter? How was that to go? Was it to be a new kilt, or a white singlet, or two rusty cans of salmon, or some barrel beef? Amatua would have dearly loved some marbles; but in the depressed state of the family's finances these were not to be thought of. The beef was the thing, the strong rank beef that comes in barrels. You could get a slab of it for a quarter, and I.atapie, the French trader, would give you a...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939794
  • 9781236939791