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to the family, endeavours at the same intimacy, as usual, a present of a hog and fruit. This it is resented as an injury. Inclination seems to morning there was an eclipse of the sun, but the be the only binding law of marriage at Otaheite. weather was so cloudy, that I had only an oppor
As I purposed to get instruments on shore at tunity of observing the end of the eclipse, which Point Venus, to make observations, I desired | was at 19h 43' 53.1. Tinah to order a house to be brought there for 1 Saturday, 29th, I sent a man to shear the ewe, me ; which was done, and fixed in half an hour, by which a remedy could more easily be applied being only a light shed supported by posts.
to cure the disease with which it was infected. Monday, 24th, I bought a turtle, that was caught | The garden made near the tents was not in a on the reefs. As Tinah was going to leave me prosperous condition: most of the melons and for a few days, I had it dressed for his dinner. He cucumbers were destroyed by insects ; and the told me that his mother, Oberree-roah, was arrived soil, being sandy, was not favourable to the other from the island Tethuroa, and begged that I would seeds. I therefore chose another spot of ground, send for her in the morning, and take care of her farther from the sea-side, and had an assortment till he returned ; which I willingly promised. 1 of seeds sown.
Tuesday, 25th,—This morning, I sent a boat to Monday, December 1st.—In the night, the rudder Oparre, which returned in the afternoon with of one of the boats was stolen from the tents. On Oberree-roah, and two women, her servants. As landing in the morning, neither Tinah nor any of she was old and corpulent, it was with difficulty his family came near me, being, I was informed, that we helped her up the ship's side. As soon afraid of my displeasure. As the loss was not as she was in the ship, she sat down on the gang. ) great, I immediately sent to assure them that I way, and, clasping my knees in her arms, ex- / had no anger, except against the person who pressed her pleasure at seeing me by a flood of | committed the theft. In consequence of this mestears. Her servants then produced three pieces sage, Tinah and some of the other chiefs came to of cloth, which, with a large hog, some bread-fruit, the tents, and promised that they would exert plantains, and cocoa-nuts, she had brought as a themselves to discover the thief, and get the present. As she was fatigued by her journey, she rudder restored. This was the first theft, of any wished to remain on board all night ; and I di- consequence, that had been committed since the rected accommodations to be prepared, which was tents were on shore ; and my suspicions fell chiefly done with little trouble, as nothing more was on the people who were here from some of the necessary than a mat, and some cloth spread on other islands. Tinah had just begun to build a the deck. She had with her a favourite cat, bred house for himself, and I promised that our carfrom one that had been given her by Captain penters should assist him. Whydooah, the youngest Cook. She told me all the misfortunes that had brother of Tinah, had lately been one of my conbefallen her son and friends, since Captain Cook stant visitors, and seemed to have left off his left Otaheite. All the accounts agree in some of former custom of getting drunk with the Ava. the cattle being now alive at the island Eimeo : He was esteemed one of their best warriors ; and in the number they differ ; but that there are I was told that in the quarrel with the people eight, is the least account. In the morning, Ober- of Eimeo, he killed Maheine, the chief of that ree-roah being desirous to go on shore, I made | island. her a present of several things, which she did not Friday, 5th.—The weather for some time past care to take with her then, but requested that I had been very unsettled. This afternoon, the would keep them safe for her. Only Moannah wind blew fresh from the N.W., which occasioned and Poeeno dined with me to-day. They told me the sea to break very high across the Dolphin that Tinah and his brother Oreepyah were not on bank ; and in the night such a heavy broken sea good terms together; and it was imagined that came into the bay, that we were obliged to batten they would fight as soon as the ship was gone. I all the hatchways down, and to keep everybody had observed a coolness between them, and had | upon deck all night, though the rain came down at times endeavoured to make them more cordial, in torrents. The ship rolled in a most violent but with very little effect. Their quarrel has manner. In the morning the wind increasing, arisen from a disagreement between their wives. and there being no possibility of putting to sea,
In the afternoon, a canoe from Ulietea arrived, we struck yards and topmasts, and trusted to our in which was an Earee, or chief, of that island, anchors. The river swelled so much with the who is a nephew to Oberree-roah. He brought | rain, that the point of land on which the tents a sheep with him : the poor animal was infected stood became an island ; and, to preserve the with the mange, and in very poor condition. The bread-fruit plants from being endangered, the climate had not, as far as I could judge, altered people were obliged to cut a passage for the river the quality of the wool, with which he was well through a part of the beach, at a distance from covered, except a part about the shoulders. I the tents. The sea broke very high on the beach; imagine this animal to be the English ewe left by nevertheless, a canoe put off, and, to my surprise, Captain Cook. The owner assured me that there Tinah, his wife, and Moannah, made their way were ten sheep at Huaheine ; the truth of which I good through the surf, and came on board to see mucli doubted. I was surprized, and rather mor- | me. There was no other person in the canoe, tified, to find that he set so little value on this, as to for the weather did not admit of useless paslet me have it, at the first word, for a small adze. sengers : each of them had a paddle, which they I sent it to be kept at Poeeno's, with the heifer. | managed with great activity and skill. These
Friday, 28th.—Tinah and his wife returned to kind people embraced me with many tears, and Matavai, and, from appearances which I have no expressed their apprehensions for the safety of reason to mistrust, were sincerely glad to see me the ship. Towards noon, however, the sea abated again after their short absence. They brought, considerably, but the wind continued to blow strong from the N.W. At sun-set, Iddeah went me for that purpose. By this circumstance it on shore, but Tinah would remain with me the appears, that though the eldest son of an Earee whole night.
succeeds to the title and honours of the father as Sunday, 7th.-The wind continued between the soon as he is born, yet a considerable portion of N. and N.W., but had so much moderated, that authority remains with the father, even after the I no longer considered our situation to be alarm- son is of age. When Tinah returned, I went with ing. At noon, Iddeah returned to the ship, with him to the spot intended for the burial place, a large hog, and a supply of bread-fruit, and taking with us two men to dig the grave; but on cocoa-nuts; and soon after, she and Tinah left our arrival, I found the natives had already begun the ship, having exacted a promise from me, that it. Tinah asked me, if they were doing right? if the weather was moderate, I would go on shore “ There,” says he, “ the sun rises, and there it in the morning, and visit their parents and sister, sets.” The idea that the grave should be east and who, they told me, had been much alarmed on west, I imagine they learnt from the Spaniards, our account. I received a visit likewise from as the captain of one of their ships was buried Poeeno and his wife. This woman had always | at Oeitepeha in 1774. Certain it is, they had shown great regard for us; and now, on our not the information from any body belonging to meeting, before I could be aware of it, she began our ship ; for I believe we should not have thought beating her head violently with a shark's tooth, of it. The grave, however, was marked out very so that her face was covered with blood in an exactly. At four in the afternoon, the body was instant. I put a stop to this as soon as I could, interred : the chiefs, and many of the natives, and, with the drying up of the blood, her agitation came to see the ceremony, and showed great subsided. This ceremony is frequently performed, attention during the service. Some of the chiefs upon occasions either of joy or grief. Her hus were very inquisitive about what was to be done band said, that, if any accident happened to the with the surgeon's cabin, on account of apparitions. ship, I should live with him, and that they would They said, when a man died in Otaheite, and was cut down trees, and build me another ship.
carried to the Tupapow, that as soon as night From this sample of the weather, and the in came, he was surrounded by spirits, and if any formation of the natives, I was convinced it would person went there by himself, they would devour not be safe to continue in Matavai Bay much him : therefore they said that not less than two longer; and I determined to get every thing people together should go into the surgeon's cabin ready for sailing as speedily as I could.
for some time. I did not endeavour to dissuade The night proved moderate ; and in the morn them from this belief, otherwise than by laughing, ing, I went on shore, where I was received by and letting them know that we had no such Oberree-roah, and several other friends, with great apprehensions. affection.
In the afternoon, the effects of the deceased The plants received no injury from the bad were disposed of, and I appointed Mr. Thomas weather, having been carefully covered from the Denham Ledward, the surgeon's mate, to do duty spray of the sea : some were in a dormant state, as surgeon. and others were striking out young shoots. Nelson Sunday, 14th.—This forenoon, we performed thought that it was better to refrain a few days divine service. Many of the principal natives from taking them on board; I therefore consented attended, and behaved with great decency. Some to defer it. He was of opinion that the plants of the women at one time betrayed an inclination could be propagated from the roots only, and I to laugh at our general responses; but, on my directed some boxes to be filled, as we could stow looking at them, they appeared much ashamed. them where no others could be placed.
After the service, I was asked if no offering was Tuesday, 9th.—This afternoon, in hauling the to be made for the Eatua to eat. launch on shore to be repaired, many of the The weather had been fair all the last week, natives assisting, one of them, a fine boy about and at this time appeared quite settled ; so that I ten years old, was thrown down, and a roller was under no apprehensions of danger from conwhich was placed under the boat went over him. tinuing a little longer in Matavai bay: The surgeon being ill, I sent off for his assistant. Fortunately no limb was broken, nor did he receive any material injury. The surgeon had been a long time ill, the effect of intemperance and
CHAPTER IX. indolence. He had latterly scarce ever stirred
A WALK INTO THE COUNTRY—THE PEEAA ROAH-PREVAILED out of his cabin, but was not apprehended to be
ON, BY THE KINDNESS OF THE CHIEFS, TO DEFER OUR in a dangerous state ; nevertheless, this evening DEPARTURE-BREAD-FRUIT PLANTS COLLECTED-MOVE THE he appeared to be so much worse than usual, that SHIP TO TOAHROAH HARBOUR-FISHING--THREE OF THE it was thought necessary to remove him to some SHIP'S COMPANY DESERT-INDISCRETION OF OUR PEOPLE place where he could have more air ; but to no ON SHORE — INSTANCES OF JEALOUSY - MOURNING-BULL effect, for he died in an hour afterwards. This
BROUGHT TO OPARRE BY A PROPHET - THE DESERTERS RE
COVERED-TINAH PROPOSES TO VISIT ENGLAND. unfortunate man drank very hard, and was so averse to exercise, that he never would be pre WEDNESDAY, 17th Dec.—This morning I took a vailed on to take half a dozen turns upon deck at walk into the country, accompanied by Nelson a time, in the whole course of the voyage.
and my old friend Moannah. T'he breadth of the Wednesday, 10th.-As I wished to bury the border of low land, before we arrived at the foot surgeon on shore, I mentioned it to Tinah ; who of the hills, was near three miles. This part of said there would be no objection, but that it would our journey was through a delightful country, be necessary to ask his father's consent first; well covered with bread-fruit and cocoa-nut trees, which he undertook to do, and immediately left and strewed with houses, in which were swarms of children. We then proceeded along a valley, The yams and plantains are mostly on the higher still among houses, with plantations of yams, tarro, grounds. As soon as we had finished our dinner, the cloth-plant, and their favourite root the Ava: we returned towards the ship. I was much dethere were bread-fruit trees on the sides of the lighted, in this walk, with the number of children hills, which were dwarfs in comparison of those that I saw in every part of the country: they are on the low land. Our walk was very much in- | very handsome and sprightly, and full of antic terrupted by a river, the course of which was so tricks. They have many diversions that are comserpentine, that we had to cross it several times, mon with the boys in England ; such as flying being carried over on men's shoulders.
kites, cat’s cradle, swinging, dancing or jumping in a On arriving at a Morai, I saw a number of the rope, walking upon stilts, and wrestling. natives collected, and was informed that the priests | Friday, 19th. The wind to-day blew fresh, were performing their devotions. Sixteen men but continued regular from the Ė. and E.S.E. were sitting on their heels; in the front was a We had likewise much rain, and a long swell set pole covered with a plaited cocoa-nut branch, and into the bay. I had not yet determined, whether, before each of the men there was a number of on leaving Matavai bay, I would go to the island small pieces of the same leaf plaited, which they Eimeo, or to the harbour of Toahroah near call hahyree, and each had likewise a piece round Oparre: this uncertainty made Tinah, and the his wrist. One, who appeared to be the chief rest of my friends, very anxious; and they appriest, prayed aloud, and was answered by all the peared much distressed on my desiring them, this rest together: after a few short sentences and afternoon, to send on board all the things which responses, they rose, and each carried an hahyree, they wished to have repaired by the forge, withwhich they placed at the foot of the pole, and re out delay, that what they wanted might be done turned to prayer : this was repeated till all the before the ship left Matavai, which I told them hahyree were delivered, and then the ceremony would be in a few days. They very earnestly ended. I must not forget to mention, that they | intreated I would stay one month longer. I rehad placed, near the pole, an offering of plantains presented this as impossible, and asked Tinah if and bread-fruit, which they left for the Eatua. he would not go with me to Eimeo ; but he said, They very kindly asked us to partake of a roasted that, notwithstanding my protection, he was cerhog, that had been prepared for them whilst they tain the Eimeo people would watch for an opporwere praying ; but as I wished to make the most tunity to kill him. He remained on board with of the morning, before the sun was too high, I me all night, but his wife went on shore, and declined their offer, and Moannah bespoke refresh- returned early in the morning, bringing with her ments to be ready for us when we returned. some axes, and other things, that were in need of
We continued our walk up the valley, which repair. became very narrow, and had advanced a consi- When I went on shore, I found Otow, Oberreederable way beyond all the houses and plantations, roah, Moannah, and several others, in great triwhen we were suddenly stopped by the cascade, bulation at the thoughts that we were so soon to that fell into the river from a height of above 200 | leave them. All the people of Matavai, I saw, feet: the fall at this time was not great, but in were much concerned at my intention of going to the heavy rains must be considerable. The natives Eimeo, and took every opportunity to prejudice look upon this as the most wonderful sight in the me against the people of that island ; to which I island. The fall of water is the least curious part; paid very little attention, as their motive was the cliff, over which it comes, is perpendicular, obvious. Their expressions of friendship and forming an appearance as if supported by square affection for me, however, I could not disregard, pillars of stone, and with a regularity that is sur- as I had no doubt of their being genuine and unprising. Underneath is a pool eight or nine feet affected ; and I felt my unwillingness to leave deep, into which the water falls ; and in this place these kind people so much increased, that the all the natives make a point of bathing once in next day, I sent the master in the launch to retheir lives, probably from some religious idea. examine the depth of water between this bay and
The hills here approach each other within a few Toahroah harbour. He returned in the evening, yards, and are well covered with wood. As the and acquainted me, that he found a good bottom, road appeared difficult, I did not care to proceed with not less than sixteen fathoms depth all the way. towards the mountain. I cannot with certainty The harbour of Toahroah appearing every way safe, say how far this curious precipice is from the bay, I determined to get the ship there as speedily as but think, in the road by which we went, it can possible, and I immediately made my intention not be less than seven miles. It is called Peeah public, which occasioned great rejoicing. Roah.
Wednesday, 24th.—This day, we took the plants In our return, we found a young pig prepared on board, being 774 pots, all in a healthy state ; for us, and we made a hearty meal. We dined for whenever any plant had an unfavourable apin the house of an old acquaintance of Nelson's ; *pearance, it was replaced by another. The number for whom he had, in 1777, planted the two shad- of those rejected was, 302, of which not one in ten dock plants, formerly mentioned, which he had but was found to be growing at the root.. brought from the Friendly Islands. These we had | The natives reckon eight kinds of the breadthe satisfaction to see were grown to fine trees, fruit tree, each of which they distinguish by a and full of fruit.
different name. 1. Patteah. 2. Eroroo. 3. Awanna. In their plantations they do not take much pains, 4. Mi-re. 5. Oree. 6. Powerro. 7. Appeere. 8. Rowexcept with the Ava and the cloth-plant, both of deeah. In the first, fourth, and eighth class, the which they are careful to keep clear of weeds. | leaf differs from the rest; the fourth is more Many of the plantations of the cloth-plant were sinuated ; the eighth has a large broad leaf, not fenced with stone, and surrounded with a ditch. at all sinuated. The difference of the fruit is
principally in the first and eighth class. In the any visit in the dark, they would be killed. With first, the fruit is rather larger and more of an this speech the ceremony ended. oblong form: in the eighth, it is round and not | I found this a delightful situation, and in every above half the size of the others. I inquired if respect convenient. The ship was perfectly shel. plants could be produced from the seed, and was tered by the reefs in smooth water, and close to told they could not, but that they must be taken a fine beach without the least surf. A small river, from the root. The plants are best collected after with very good water, runs into the sea about the wet weather, at which time the earth balls round middle of the harbour. I gave directions for the the roots, and they are not liable to suffer by being plants to be landed, and the same party to be with moved.
them as at Matavai. Tinah fixed his dwelling close The most common method of dividing time at to our station. Otaheite is by moons ; but they likewise make a Monday, 29th.--Some of the natives took advandivision of the year into six parts, each of which tage of the butcher's negligence, and stole his is distinguished by the name of the kind of bread- cleaver. I complained of this to the chiefs who fruit then in season. In this division they keep a were on board, and they promised that they would small interval called Tawa, in which they do not endeavour to recover it; but an article so valuable use the bread-fruit. This is about the end of as this was to the natives, I had no great expecFebruary, when the fruit is not in perfection; | tation of seeing restored. but there is no part of the year in which the trees The ship continued to be supplied by the natives are entirely bare.
| as usual. Cocoa-nuts were in such plenty, that Thursday, 25th.—At day-light we unmoored, I believe not a pint of water was drunk on board and I sent the tents in the launch to Oparre, with the ship in the twenty-four hours. Bread-fruit directions that after landing them, the launch began to be scarce, though we purchased, without should meet the ship in the entrance of Toahroah difficulty, a sufficient quantity for our consumption : harbour, to show the safest part of the channel. there was, however, another harvest approaching, At half past ten, we got the ship under sail, and which they expected would be fit for use in five or ran down under top-sails: when we were near the six weeks. The better kind of plantains also were launch, it fell calm, and the ship shot past her. become scarce; but a kind which they call Vayhee We immediately let the anchor go, but, to our were in great plenty. This fruit does not hang great surprise, we found the ship was aground on the trees like the other kinds, but grows upon forwards. She had run on so easy, that we had an upright stalk of considerable strength and subnot perceived it at the time. This accident occa- stance. Though this plantain is inferior in quality sioned us much trouble, as we were obliged to to most of the others, it affords great subsistence send anchors out astern to get the ship afloat: into the natives. We received, almost every day, doing this, one of the cables swept a rock, and presents of fish, chiefly dolphin and albacore, and was not got clear again without much difficulty. a few small rock fish. Their fishing is mostly in When the ship was moored, point Venus bore N. | the night, when they make strong lights on the 46° E. The east point of the harbour N. 65° E. 1 | reefs, which attract the fish to them. Sometimes, of a mile. Our distance from the shore half a 1.in fine weather, the canoes are out in such numcable's length ; depth of water 84 fathoms.
bers, that the whole sea appears illuminated. In The next morning, on my landing, I was wel | the canoes they fish with hook and line, and on comed by all the principal people; I may say by the reefs they strike the fish with a spear. Some the whole crowd, and congratulated on the safety | likewise carry out small nets, which are managed of the ship. Tinah showed me a house near the | by two men. In the day-time their fishing canoes water side, abreast the ship, which he desired I | go without the reefs, sometimes to a considerable would make use of, and which was large enough distance, where they fish with rods and lines, and for all our purposes. He and his brother Oree catch bonetas, and other fish. Whenever there is pyah then desired I would stay and receive a a show of fish, a fleet of canoes immediately proformal address and present, which they called ceeds to sea. Their hooks being bright, are used Otee. To this I assented, and a stool was brought without bait, in the manner of our artificial flies. for me to sit on. They then left me with Moan Their rods are made of bamboo; but when there nah, and in a short time I saw Tinah returning are any very large fish, they make use of an outwith about twenty men, who all made a stop at rigger over the fore part of the canoe, about some distance, and a priest said a short prayer twenty-five feet in length, which has two prongs at to the Eatua, to which the rest made reply. A the extremity, to each of which is fastened a hook man was then sent to me three several times, at each and line; and when a fish takes the hook, it is time bringing me a small pig, and the stem of a raised by ropes managed by two men in the stern plantain leaf. The first they told me was for the of the canoe. God of Brittannee, the next for King George, and 1789. January 1st.—Contrary to my expectation, the last for myself. Moannah then got up, and, Tinah, this afternoon, brought on board the cleaver without being dictated to, made an oration for me; that had been stolen. The thief had taken it to Attathe purport of which I understood to be, that I hooroo, and Tinah told me, which I could easily received their offering with thanks ; that we were believe, that it was given up with great reluctance. good people and friends; and therefore he ex The next morning I offered Tinah a present of horted them to commit no thefts : he told them axes, and other things; but, as he suspected this to bring their pigs, cocoa-nuts, and bread-fruit, was meant by way of return for getting the and they would receive good things in return ; | cleaver restored, he would not be prevailed with that we took nothing without their consent ; and to accept a single article. finally, that every man was to quit the place (the I had constantly the company of Tinah, his wife, house we occupied) at night; for if they madeand some of his relations; but the royal children,
though so near us, never came in sight of the ship. Saturday, 10th.-One of the officers, this mornThe river separated them from the place occupied ing, on shore, inadvertently plucked a branch from a by our people on shore; and, for fear of giving tree called Tutuee, that bears the oil nut, which alarm or offence, I gave strict orders that no one was growing at a Morai. On entering with it into should attempt to go near their place of residence. the house occupied by our people, all the natives,
Monday, 5th.- At the relief of the watch, at four both men and women, immediately went away. o'clock this morning, the small cutter was missing. When I went on shore, I found this branch tied I was immediately informed of it, and mustered to one of the posts of the house, although the the ship's company; when it appeared, that three effect it had on the natives was known. I was men were absent, Charles Churchill, the ship's much displeased at this piece of wantonness, and corporal, and two of the seamen, William Mus ordered the branch to be taken away; but the prat, and John Millward ; the latter of whom had | natives, notwithstanding, would not come near the been sentinel from twelve to two in the morning. place. They said the house was taboo, which I They had taken with them eight stand of arms understand to signify interdicted, and that none of and ammunition; but what their plan was, or them might approach it till the taboo was taken which way they had gone, no one on board seemed off, which could only be done by Tinah. To take to have the least knowledge. I went on shore to any thing away from a Morai is regarded as a the chiefs, and soon received information, that the kind of sacrilege, and, they believe, gives great boat was at Matavai; and that the deserters had offence to the Eatua. At my request, Tinah took departed in a sailing canoe for the island Tethuroa. off the taboo, but not before the afternoon. This On this intelligence, I sent the master to Matavai was performed by an offering of a plantain leaf at to search for the small cutter, and one of the the Morai, and a prayer made to the Eatua. After chiefs went with him ; but before they had got | this ceremony, the house was resorted to by the half way, they met the boat with five of the natives, natives, as usual. who were bringing her back to the ship. This ser I had not yet given up the hope of obtaining vice, rendered me by the people of Matavai, pleased the bull from Itteah, though I had hitherto reme much, and I rewarded the men accordingly. ceived no satisfactory answer to the messages
I told Tinah, and the other chiefs, that I ex which Tinah had sent at my desire: I therefore pected they would get the deserters brought back; spoke to Poeeno, who undertook to negotiate this for that I was determined not to leave Otaheite business, and I commissioned him to make very without them. They assured me, that they would liberal offers. He left me after dinner, to return do every thing in their power to have them taken; to Matavai. In the evening, a messenger arrived and it was agreed, that Oreepyah and Moannah from him, to acquaint me, that, in his absence, the should depart the next morning for Tethuroa. sheep which I had trusted to his care, had been killed Oreepyah inquired if they had pocket pistols, by a dog; and that he had sent the culprit, hoping “ for,” said he, “though we may surprize and that I would kill him for the offence he had comseize them before they can make use of their mitted. This poor sheep had been so much diseased, muskets ; yet, if they have pistols, they may do that I could not help suspecting he died without mischief, even while they are held.” I quieted the dog's assistance, and that the story of the dog these apprehensions, by assuring them that the was invented to prevent my attributing it to want deserters had no pistols with them.
of care. This doubt did not appear in my answer ; At day-light, Oreepyah and Moannah set off in as for the dog, I told the messenger to do with two canoes for Tethuroa, but the weather became him what he pleased. so boisterous, that they were obliged to return in Tuesday, 13th.—This morning, the weather being the forenoon, and I was happy to see them get safe | more moderate than it had been for some days in, as the sea ran very high without the harbour. past, Oreepyah sailed with two canoes for Tethuroa. From the first of this month, the weather and Some business prevented Moannah from accomwinds had been much unsettled, with a great deal panying him, but he followed the next day with two of rain. Our former station at Matavai appeared other canoes. The wood that we had got at Matavai not at all safe, the sea at times breaking high over being expended, I applied to Tinah, who sent three the Dolphin bank, and making a great swell in the trees down to the water side before night, which bay. Oreepyah and Moannah both promised me, when cut up made a good launch load. that they would sail again as soon as the weather I saw two instances of jealousy to-day, one of should be fine.
which had nearly produced fatal consequences. Friday, 9th.—The wind continued to blow strong A man was detected with a married woman, by at sea, though in the harbour we had, at times, but the husband, who stabbed him in the belly with a light breezes. Poeeno from Matavai, came to see knife: fortunately the intestines escaped, and the me to-day: he said, he was apprehensive that I wound did not prove dangerous. The other inwas displeased with him, on account of our de stance was, a girl, who had constantly lived with serters having been carried to Tethuroa, by a | my coxswain, beating another girl, that she discanoe from Matavai. This, he declared, had been covered to have been too intimate with him. done before he heard of it; and that the only service Friday, 16th,—-In walking to-day with Tinah near in his power, he had not neglected to do for me, a Tupapow, I was surprised by a sudden outcry of which was the sending our boat back. As this grief. As I expressed a desire to see the distressed was really an act of friendship, I received him person, Tinah took me to the place, where we with great cordiality; and he assured me, that | found a number of women, one of whom was the there could be no doubt, from the directions Tinah | mother of a young female child that lay dead. On had given, of the deserters being brought to the seeing us their mourning not only immediately ship, as soon as the weather would admit canoes ceased, but to my astonishment, they all burst into to go after them.
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