Told by the Taffrail

Told by the Taffrail

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...well with the old monarch. We went to work very quietly, as there was no knowing how long we might have to remain on Baura before we had a chance of getting away on some passing mission or trading vessel. As the weeks rolled on we were soon able to do without Tommy's help as an interpreter, and so could talk freely to the king, who displayed a remarkable interest in what we had to tell him about the outside world. Social institutions of the European sort, fleets of men-of-war, armies, Parliaments, and all the rest, we described to him in some detail, and told him of kings and queens and great chiefs of the white countries. Tukituri knew that he was Tui, or King, of Baura, but he had hitherto attached no great social or oflicial importance to the fact, except in so far as it enabled him to chase away his stale wives and commandeer fresh ones when he pleased, and collar any fat pig he saw, no matter who owned it. The king was greatly smitten with all this talk of regal splendour, of armies, and of crowns to wear, and one day while I was having a swim in the creek Ted finished him off completely over a bottle of gin. Ted explained that when a Government was properly set up, all you had to do was to send over to London and borrow big piles of money--anything from 100,000 up to several millions--which you need not pay back. Your only duty was to spend it, and leave the account for somebody else to pay back after you were dead. New Zealand did it, so did Queensland, Fiji, and other places. Tukituri asked me when I returned from the creek if that was right, and, of course, I told him that it was so. Tuki, as we got into the way of calling him for short, decided forthwith to have a Government and all its appurtenances, so far as might...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807030
  • 9781236807038