On receiving intelligence of this event, Tamaahmaah had immediately tabooed all the canoes, and interdicted all intercourse with the ship, lest the captain should learn the fate of the schooner, and take his revenge upon the island. For the same reason he prevented Young from rejoining his countrymen.
By degrees he rose to the rank of a chief, espoused one of the beauties of the island, and became habituated and reconciled to his new way of life; thinking it better, perhaps, to rule among savages than serve among white men; to be a feathered chief than a tarpaulin boatswain.
However, on the 11th of December we sighted the Pomotou Islands
, the old "dangerous group" of Bougainville, that extend over a space of 500 leagues at E.S.E.
Therefore, in hopes to defray some of the charges he must be at, he bought a sloop, loaded it with several sorts of goods, wherewith the Tonquinese usually trade to the neighbouring islands
, and putting fourteen men on board, whereof three were of the country, he appointed me master of the sloop, and gave me power to traffic, while he transacted his affairs at Tonquin.
Those who for the first time visit the South Sea, generally are surprised at the appearance of the islands
when beheld from the sea.
"I suppose it is rather awful from your way of looking at it, but if you seals will come here year after year, of course the men get to know of it, and unless you can find an island
where no men ever come you will always be driven."
The uplan species (Anas Magellanica) is common, in pairs and in smal flocks, throughout the island
. They do not migrate, but buil on the small outlying islets.
This eddy carried me about a league on my way back again, directly towards the island
, but about two leagues more to the northward than the current which carried me away at first; so that when I came near the island
, I found myself open to the northern shore of it, that is to say, the other end of the island
, opposite to that which I went out from.
And presently the canaries, who had heard all about Doctor Dolittle from birds of passage, came and led him to a beautiful spring of cool, clear water where the canaries used to take their bath; and they showed him lovely meadows where the bird-seed grew and all the other sights of their island
These preparations were concluded about five o'clock in the evening, while sentinels kept close watch around the island
, and the boats of the Resolute patrolled the channel.
Like all Island
McGill folk, as I was soon to discover, Mrs.
Daytimes we paddled all over the island
in the canoe, It was mighty cool and shady in the deep woods, even if the sun was blazing outside.