Billeder på siden
[ocr errors]

mained, appeared much diverted with our visit. I on producing one, they left us.

Oedidee was told Tinah the woman had no sorrow for her child, much alarmed that I could scarcely prevail on otherwise her grief would not have so easily sub- him to proceed. When we arrived at Teppahoo's sided; on which he jocosely told her to cry again: house, we were very kindly received by him and they did not, however, resume their mourning in his wife. The cutter was arrived, but, there being our presence. This strange behaviour would in- a very high surf, she could not come within a cline us to think them hard-hearted and unfeeling, hundred yards of the shore. did we not know that they are fond parents, and, The deserters, I was informed, were in a house in general, very affectionate : it is therefore to be close to us, and I imagined there would be no ascribed to their extreme levity of disposition ; great difficulty in securing them, with the assistance and it is probable, that death does not appear to of the natives. They had, however, heard of my them with so many terrors, as it does to people of arrival; and when I was near the house, they a more serious cast.

came out, without their arms, and delivered themSunday, 18th.— I received a message from Poeeno, selves up. I sent directions off to the boat for to acquaint me that he had been successful in his one of my people to come on shore, and for the negotiation for the bull, which he had driven part boat to return to the place where I landed. My of the way by land, but could not get farther on next business was to secure the arms, which I account of the rivers, and therefore desired a boat delivered to Teppahoo to take charge of for the night. should be sent for him. I accordingly ordered One musket and two bayonets were missing, which the launch to be got ready, and at two o'clock the they said were lost, by the canoe in which they next morning, Mr. Fryer, the master, set off in came from Tethuroa having overset. I then took her.

leave of Teppahoo, who presented us with a plenIn the afternoon, the launch returned with the tiful supply of provisions, and we proceeded with bull, and my friend Poeeno. For the night I the deserters towards the boat; but as the wind directed that the bull should remain at Oparre, had increased, and it rained hard, I determined and the next day he was taken to the cow at to remain on shore till the morning; and having Matavai.

found shelter for the people, we passed the reWednesday, 21st.-To-day,Poeeno brought tome mainder of the night without accident. At daythe person from whom he had the bull, to receive light, I sent for the arms, and we returned to the the stipulated payment, which was one of every ship. article of traffic that I had in my possession. This I learnt from the deserters, that at Tethuroa man, whose name was Oweevee, they told me, was they had seen Oreepyah and Moannah, who had inspired by a divine spirit; and that in all matters made an attempt to secure them. They said it of consequence he was consulted, for that he con- was their intention to have returned to the ship ; versed with the Eatua. It was, they said, the and it is probable that they were so much harassed Eatua that ordered him to demand the bull from by the natives watching for an opportunity to Tinah, which not to have complied with, would surprise them, that they might wish to have the have been the height of impiety. I endeavoured merit of returning of their own accord, to avoid to convince them of the roguery of this man, the disgrace of being seized and brought back. At thinking I had a fair argument to prove it by his the time they delivered themselves up to me, it selling that which the Eatua had ordered him to was not in their power to have made resistance, keep; but here I was easily defeated, for it seems their ammunition having been spoiled by the wet. the Eatua told him to sell me the beast. This In consequence of my having been kept all being the case, I said I would not give the animals night from the ship by the tempestuous weather, to any person; that they were now mine, and that the time-keeper went down at 10h. 5m. 36s. Its I would leave them under the protection of Poeeno rate, previous to this, was 1", 7 losing in 24 hours, and Tinah, who I hoped would take care of them and its error from the mean time at Greenwich for me till I returned. They both entered into was 7' 29", 2 too slow. I set it going again by a my views, and promised the animals should be common watch, corrected by observations, and attended to, and told me, that while they were

endeavoured to make the error the same as if it considered as my property, no one would attempt had not stopped ; but being over cautious, made to take them away.

me tedious in setting it in motion, and increased the Thursday, 22nd.—This afternoon, I received a error from mean time at Greenwich. The rate of message from Teppahoo, to inform me that our going I did not find to have altered. deserters had passed this harbour, and were at At dinner Tinah congratulated me on having Tettaha, about five miles distant. I ordered the recovered my men, but expressed some concern cutter to be got ready, and a little before sun-set that they had not been brought by Oreepyah and left the ship, taking Oedidee with me. By his Moannah ; lest I should imagine they had not advice I landed at some distance from the place done every thing in their power. To this I rewhere the deserters were ; but thinking it neces- plied, that I was perfectly satisfied of their good sary to have the boat within call, and Oedidee intentions to serve me, and that I considered myassuring me that there was safe landing farther self under great obligations to them for the trouble on, I directed the boat to proceed along shore, they had been at on my account. I learnt afterwhilst Oedidee and I walked along the beach. The wards that they had actually seized and bound the night was very dark and windy, and the shore being deserters, but had been prevailed upon, by fair rocky, I soon lost sight of the boat. A few of the promises of their returning peaceably to the ship, natives had joined us in our walk; and, from their to let them loose : the deserters, however, finding manner, I had reason to suspect them of a design an opportunity to get possession of their arms to close upon us, with an intention, no doubt, to again, set the natives at defiance. plunder: I was provided with pocket-pistols, and Friday, 30th.—This afternoon I punished one

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

of the seamen, Isaac Martin, with nineteen lashes, who, he was sure, would be glad to see him. for striking an Indian. This was a transgression Tinah and many of his countrymen were become of so serious a nature, and such a direct violation extremely eager to get a knowledge of other of my orders, that I would on no account be pre-countries, and were continually inquiring about vailed on to forgive it, though great intercession the situations of the islands which we told them was made by some of the chiefs.

of in these seas. To quiet his importunity, I was Oreepyah and Moannah were not yet returned obliged to promise that I would ask the king's from Tethuroa. This place is resorted to by the permission to carry them to England, if I came principal people of this part of Otaheite, at particu- again ; that then I should be in a larger ship, and lar seasons, when fish are in great plenty there. could have accommodations properly fitted up. I It was described to me to be a group of small was sorry to find, that Tinah was apprehensive keys, surrounded by a reef: their produce is he should be attacked by his enemies, as soon as chiefly cocoa-nuts and plantains. During the our ship left Otaheite, and that if they joined, they season, bread-fruit and other provisions are daily would be too powerful for him. The illness of carried over from Otaheite. Not less than a Teppahoo, with whom he was on good terms, gave hundred sail of canoes were at Tethuroa when our him much uneasiness ; Teppahoo's wife being a deserters were there.

sister of Otow's and aunt to Tinah. They have Teppahoo and his wife were become my con- no children, as has been before related ; and if stant visitors : he had for some time past been ill, Teppahoo were to die, he would be succeeded, as and had made Oparre his place of residence, for Earee of the district of Tettaha, by his brother, the benefit of our surgeon's advice and assistance. who is an enemy to Tinah. I have on every ocAt this time he complained of a hoarseness and casion endeavoured to make the principal people sore-throat. Mr. Ledward, on examining him, believe that we should return again to Otaheite, discovered there had been two holes in the roof of and that we should revenge any injury done in our his mouth, which, though healed, had the appear- absence to the people of Matavai and Oparre. ance of having been large : the adjacent parts The wife of Oedidee is likewise an aunt to appeared sound, yet the surgeon was of opinion Tinah, and sister to Otow. His native place is that they were cancerous, and would in the end Ulietea, where he has some property ; but which, occasion his death.

I imagine, is not of such consequence to him as
Saturday, 31st.—This morning I ordered all the countenance of the chiefs with whom he is
the chests to be taken on shore, and the inside of connected at Otaheite.
the ship to be washed with boiling water to kill
the cockroaches. We were constantly obliged to
be at great pains to keep the ship clear of vermin,

on account of the plants.—By the help of traps
and good cats, we were freed from rats and mice.
When I was at Otaheite with Captain Cook, there
were great numbers of rats about all the houses,


TAKEN, AND PUNISHED-PREPARATIONS FOR SAILING, and so tame, that they flocked round the people at their meals for the offals, which were commonly TUESDAY, February3d.—I was present, this afterthrown to them ; but, at this time, we scarce ever noon, at a wrestling match, where a young man, by saw a rat, which must be attributed to the industry an unluckyfall, put his arm out of joint at the elbow: of a breed of cats left here by European ships. three stout men immediately took hold of him, and

After breakfast, I walked with Tinah to Mata- two of them fixing their feet against his ribs, revai, to see the cattle and the gardens. Tinah had placed it. I had sent for our surgeon, but before he already taken so large a dose of the Ava, that he arrived, all was well, except a small swelling of the was perfectly stupified. Iddeah, however, was muscles in consequence of the strain. I inquired with us, and she is one of the most intelligent per- what they would have done if the bone had been sons I met with at Otaheite.

broken; and, to show me their practice, they got a We went first to Poeeno's house, and saw the number of sticks and placed round a man's arm, bull and cow together in a very fine pasture. I which they bound with cord. That they have consiwas informed that the cow had taken the bull; so derable skill in surgery is not to be doubted. I have that, if no untoward accident happens, there is a before mentioned an instance of an amputated fair chance of the breed being established. In arm being perfectly healed, and which had every the garden, near Poeeno's house, many things had appearance of having been treated with great profailed. The Indian corn was in a fine state, and priety. I have no doubt but they will cultivate it all over The part of the beach nearest the ship, was the country. A fig-tree was in a very thriving become the general place of resort towards the way, as were two vines, a pine-apple plant, and close of the day. An hour before sunset, the insome slips of a shaddock-tree. From this place habitants began to collect, and here they amused we walked to the garden at Point Venus; but I themselves with exercising the lance, dancing, had the mortification to find almost every thing and various kinds of merriment, till nearly dark, there destroyed by the hogs. Some underground when they retired to their homes. Of this cheerpeas and Indian corn had escaped, and likewise ful scene, we were spectators and partakers, every the caliloo green and ocra of Jamaica.

fine evening. We returned to the ship ; and after dinner I Friday, 6th.—An occurrence happened to-day was not a little surprised to hear Tinah seriously that gave me great concern, not only on account of propose that he and his wife should go with me to the danger with which the ship had been threatened, England. He said he would only take two ser- but as it tended greatly to diminish the confidence vants; that he much wished to see King George, I and good understanding which had hitherto been



[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

constantly preserved between us and the natives. vent to her sorrow by tears. I could no longer The wind had blown fresh in the night, and at keep up the appearance of mistrusting them ; day-light we discovered that the cable, by which but I earnestly recommended to them, as they the ship rode, had been cut near the water's edge valued the King of England's friendship, that they in such a manner, that only one strand remained would exert their utmost endeavours to find out whole. While we were securing the ship, Tinah the offenders ; which they faithfully promised. came on board. I could not but believe he was Our reconciliation accordingly took place, and perfectly innocent of the transaction ; neverthe- messengers were sent to acquaint Otow and Tepless, I spoke to him in a very peremptory manner, pahoo, and to invite them to return. and insisted upon his discovering and bringing It has since occured to me, that this attempt to to me the offender. I was wholly at a loss cut the ship adrift, was most probably the act of how to account for this malicious act. My some of our own people ; whose purpose of resuspicions fell chiefly, I may say wholly, on the maining at Otaheite might have been effectually strangers that came to us from other parts of the answered, without danger, if the ship had been island; for we had, on every occasion, received driven on shore. At the time, I entertained not such unreserved and unaffected marks of good- the least thought of this kind, nor did the possiwill from the people of Matavai and Oparre, that bility of it enter into my ideas, having no suspicion in

my own mind I entirely acquitted them. The that so general an inclination, or so strong an atanger which I expressed, however, created so tachment to these islands, could prevail among my much alarm, that old Otow and his wife (the father people, as to induce them to abandon every proand mother of Tinah) immediately quitted Oparre, spect of returning to their native country. and retired to the mountains in the midst of heavy A messenger came to me this afternoon, from rain, as did Teppahoo and his family. Tinah and the Earee of Tiarraboo, the S. E, division of OtaIddeah remained, and expostulated with me on heite, with an invitation for me to visit him. I the unreasonableness of my anger against them. excused myself on account of the distance, and, at He said that he would exert his utmost endeavours Tinah's request, sent back by the messenger a to discover the guilty person ; but it might possi- handsome present, which I hope Tinah will get bly not be in his power to get him delivered up, the credit of. I observed, with much satisfaction, which would be the case, if he was either of Tiar- that a great part of what Tinah had received from raboo, Attahooroo, or of the island Eimeo. That

me, he had distributed; to some, out of friendship the attempt might have been made as much out and esteem, and to others, from motives of poliof enmity to the people of Matavai and Oparre as

tical civility. to me; every one knowing the regard I had for Tuesday, 10th.—Teppahoo and his family left them, and that I had declared I would protect us to-day to go to Tettaha, where a grand heiva them against their enemies. All this I was in- was to be performed, at which their presence was clined to believe; but I did not think proper to required. appear perfectly satisfied, lest Tinah, who was Wednesday, 11th.—A small party of heiva peonaturally very indolent, should be remiss in his ple passed through Oparre this morning, in their endeavours to detect the offender. To guard way to Tettaha, where they were going by appointas much as possible against future attempts of ment. They had the civility to send me word, that, this kind, I directed a stage to be built on the if I chose, they would stay to perform a short heiva forecastle, so that the cables should be more before me; and I immediately attended. It began directly under the eye of the sentinel ; and I like- by a dance of two young girls, to the music of wise gave orders that one of the midshipmen drums and flutes, which lasted no long time ; at should keep watch forward.

the conclusion, they suddenly dropped all their In the afternoon, Oreepyah returned from dress, which was left as a present for me, and Tethuroa. He told me, that Moannah and him- went off without my seeing them any more.

Af. self had narrowly escaped being lost in the bad ter this, the men danced: their performance was weather, and that Moannah had been obliged to more indecent than any I had before seen, but take shelter at Eimeo. Several canoes had been was not the less applauded on that account by the lost lately in their passage to or from Tethuroa. natives, who seemed much delighted. The oversetting of their canoes is not the only After this entertainment, I went with Tinalı risk they have to encounter, but is productive of and Iddeah, to pay a visit to an old lady named another danger more dreadful ; for at such times Wanow-oora, widow to Towah, the late Earee of many become a prey to the sharks, which are Tettaha, who conducted the expedition against very numerous in these seas. I was informed Eimeo, when Captain Cook was here in 1777. The likewise, that they were sometimes attacked by old lady had just landed, and we found her sitting a fish, which, by their description, I imagine to on the beach, by the head of her canoe. With be the barracoota, as they attribute to it the same Tinah was a priest and three men, who carried a propensity.

young dog, a fowl, and two young plantain boughs : Saturday passed without my seeing any thing these were intended for the offering, or present, of Tinah the whole day. The next morning, he called Otee. Tinah and his party seated themand Iddeah came to me, and assured me that selves at about ten yards distance from Wanow. they had made the strictest inquiries concerning oora, and were addressed by her in short sentences the injury intended us, but had not been able to for a few minutes, and received her Otee, which discover any circumstance which could lead them was exactly the same as his. Tinah's priest, in to suspect who were concerned in it. This was return, made a short prayer, and his offering was not at all satisfactory, and I behaved towards presented to the old lady. Tinah then rose and them with great coolness, at which they were went to her, and embraced her in a very affectionmuch distressed ; and Iddeah, at length, gave ate manni'; and she returned his kindness with tears, and many expressions which I could not was in my power to assist him. But, besides the understand. Soon after he conducted her to a political motives that I have alluded to, it would shed, and we remained with her till it was time to be unjust to Tinah not to acknowledge that his go on board to dinner. I invited her to be of the disposition seemed improved : he was more open party, but she excused herself on account of age and unreserved in his manners than formerly, and and infirmity. Tinah gave directions for her and his hospitality was natural and without ostentation. her attendants to be supplied with whatever they Monday, the 16th.— I was present this afternoon, had occasion for, and we went off to the ship. at a wrestling-match by women. The manner of

Friday, the 13th.—This forenoon Tinah sent to challenging, and method of attack, were exactly inform me, that many strangers were arrived from the same as among the men. The only difference all parts, to be present at a grand heiva, which he that I could observe, was not in favour of the had prepared in compliment to me. I accordingly softer sex ; for in these contests they showed less went on shore, and found a great crowd of people temper, and more animosity than I could have collected together. A ring was made at a little imagined them capable of. The women, I was distance from our post, and Tinah and several | told, not only wrestle with each other, but someother chiefs came to meet me. When we were times with the men ; of this I have never seen an all seated, the heiva began by women dancing ; instance, and imagine it can happen but seldom, after which a present of cloth, and a tawme or as the women in general are small, and by no breast-plate, was laid before me.

This ceremony

means masculine. Iddeah is said to be very famous being over, the men began to wrestle, and regu- at this exercise. larity was no longer preserved. Old Otow came Tuesday, the 17th.— I walked with Tinah towards to me, and desired I would help to put a stop to the hills, to see his country residence, which was the wrestling, as the people came from different at a very neat house, pleasantly situated, and surdistricts, some of which were ill-disposed towards rounded with plantations. From this place we others. What Otow had apprehended was not saw the island Tethuroa. The next morning, I without reason, for in an instant the whole was went to Matavai, to look after the Indian corn, tumult : every man took to his arms, and, as I which I judged would be full ripe for gathering ; found my single interference could be of no service, but, on my arrival, I found that the natives had I retired to our post, and ordered all my people been beforehand with me, the whole being taken there under arms. At the time the disturbance away. This I was not at all sorry for, as it shows began, Tinah and Iddeah were absent : their first that they value it too much to neglect cultivating it. care was for me, and Iddeah came to see if I was Monday, 23rd.—Iddeah sent on board, for our safe at the post. She had a double covering of dinners to-day,a very fine tarro pudding; and Tinah cloth round her, and her waist was girded with a broughtą bunch of bananas, that weighed eighty-one large rope. I desired her to stay under my pro- ) pounds, on which were two hundred and eighty-six tection : this she would not consent to, but said fine fruit: ten had broken off in the carriage. The she would return as soon as all was over; and tarro pudding is excellent eating, and easily made: away she went.

I shall describe this piece of cookery, as the knowI immediately gave orders for two guns to be ledge of it may be useful in the West Indies. The fired from the ship without shot, which had a good tarro being cleared of the outside skin, is grated effect : and, as no chief was concerned in the tu- down, and made up in rolls of about half a pound mult, but, on the contrary, all of them exerted each, which they cover neatly with leaves, and their influence to prevent mischief, every thing bake for near half an hour. An equal quantity of was soon quiet, and Tinah and Iddeah returned to ripe cocoa-nut meat is likewise grated, from which, let me know that all was settled. They went on through a strainer, the rich milky juice is expressed. board, with some other chiefs, and dined with me. This juice is heated, by putting smooth hot stones

After dinner, I went on shore with Tinah and in the vessel that contains it, and the tarro is then his friends ; and I found three large hogs dressed, mixed with it, and kept constantly stirring to preand a quantity of bread-fruit, which he had ordered vent burning, till it is ready, which is known by to be prepared before he went on board, and now the cocoa-nut juice turning to a clear oil. desired I would present them to the different par- Wednesday, 25th.—Iddeah was very uneasy toties that had come to see the entertainment : day, on account of her youngest child being ill. one to the chief people of Attahooroo, one to the She would not accept of assistance from our surArreoys, and a third to the performers of the geon, but said she had sent to Tettaha for a man, heiva. I presented them according to his direc- who she expected would come and tell her what to tions, and they were received with thankfulness do. These physical people are called Tata rapaow. and pleasure. This I looked upon as very hand- Thursday, 26th.—This morning, a man died of somely done on the part of Tinah, and I was glad a consumption, about two miles from our post. I to see that it was regarded in the same light by was informed of it by Mr. Peckover, the gunner, his guests. These instances of liberality make who I had desired to look out for such a circumfull amends for the little slips which I have for- stance. I therefore went, accompanied by Iddeah, merly noticed in Tinah. At this time,a day seldom in hopes of seeing the funeral ceremony ; but passed, that he did not give proofs of his hospitality, before we arrived, the body was removed to the by entertaining the principal people that came Toopapow. It lay bare, except a piece of cloth from different parts of the island to visit him, or round the loins, and another round the neck : the to see the ship. Some of the chiefs he commonly eyes were closed : the hands were placed, one invited to dine on board, and made provision for over the pit of the stomach, and the other upon others on shore. Scarce any person of conse- his breast. On a finger of each hand was a ring, quence went away without receiving some present made of platted fibres of the cocoa-nut tree, with from him. This I encouraged, and was glad it a small bunch of red feathers. Under the Toopa

[ocr errors]


pow,a hole was dug, in which, at the end of a month, We had begun to make preparations for sailing; the corpse was to be buried. The deceased was of the and Tinah supplied us with a sufficient stock of lower class; the Toopapow, however, was neat, and wood, by ordering trees to be brought down from offerings of cocoa-nuts and platted leaves lay on the country. He had frequently expressed a wish the ground.

that I would leave some fire-arms and ammunition The dead are sometimes brought to the Toopa- with him, as he expected to be attacked after the pow in wooden coffins, which are not shaped like ship sailed ; and, perhaps, chiefly on account of ours, but are simply a long box. This custom, our partiality to him: I, therefore, thought it but Iddeah informed me, they learnt from the Euro- reasonable to attend to his request ; and I was peans, and is not very common, as making plank the more readily prevailed on, as he said his is a work of great labour.

intentions were to act only on the defensive. This Monday, March 2nd.—When I landed this morn- indeed seems most suited to his disposition, which ing, I found the inhabitants, that lived near to us, is neither active nor enterprising. If Tinah had had left their houses, and retired towards the spirit in proportion to his size and strength, he mountains ; and was informed that in the night a would probably be the greatest warrior in Otawater-cask, part of an azimuth compass, and Mr. heite : but courage is not the most conspicuous of Peckover's bedding, had been stolen from the post his virtues. When I promised to leave with him on shore ; the knowledge of which had caused a a pair of pistols, which they prefer to muskets, he general alarm. I sent a message to complain of told me, that Iddeah would fight with one, and this theft to Tinah, who did not come near me. Oedidee with the other. Iddeah has learnt to About two hours elapsed, during which time I load and fire a musket with great dexterity, and went on board to breakfast, and returned, when I Oedidee is an excellent marksman. It is not saw Tinah and Oreepyah, with a number of people, common for women in this country to go to war, at a house at some distance; and soon after they but Iddeah is a very resolute woman, of a large all marched to the eastward, passing close by our make, and has great bodily strength. post. Oedidee, who was with me, told me that Friday, 6th.—I sent Mr. Fryer, the master, to they had intelligence of the thief, and were gone sound Taowne harbour. The knowledge that we in quest of him : and in less than an hour, news intended shortly to sail, having spread among the was brought that they had taken him. Shortly natives, a great many broken iron tools were after, the whole party appeared, with the water- brought from all parts of the island, to be recask and compass. Tinah had hold of the thief paired at our forge ; and this morning, a mesby the arın, and, showing him to me, desired that senger arrived from Waheatua, the Earee of I would kill him. The bedding, he said, he had Tiarraboo, with several pieces of Spanish iron, not heard of, but would go in search of it. I which he desired to have made into small adzes. applauded him for the pains he had taken in this This request was, of course, complied with. business, and explained, with some success, the injustice of stealing from us : that if any of our people committed the least offence against them,

CHAPTER XI. it did not pass unnoticed; and that friendship required on their part, that those who injured us should not be protected by them. Tinah stopped me from saying more by embracing me, and the whole crowd cried out Tyo mity (i.e. good friend). Tinah then left me, to enquire after the bedding, 1789. March. From the 5th to the 14th of this and I sent the offender on board, whom I punished month, the wind blew constantly from between the with a severe flogging. I was glad to find this N.W. and S.W., with a great deal of rain. This was man was not of Oparre or Matavai.

the longest continuance of westerly winds without The fine fruit, called Avee, was just coming into interruption, that we experienced. On the 13th, season: it was likewise in season at the time of several canoes arrived here, and at Matavai, from our arrival in October. The bread-fruit trees, I Tethuroa : in these were a large tribe of the have no doubt, bear all the year round : we have Arreoys, and among them Huheine Moyere, the seen a scarcity of bread-fruit, but have never been wife of Oreepyah, who is an Arreoy woman, and wholly without it. Some fern-root was shown to remained at Tethuroa after Oreepyah came away: me, which, in scarce seasons, is used by the natives On her arrival, a ceremony was performed, called as bread. It bears a long even-edged leaf, about Hooepippee, which seemed to be designed as a an inch wide ; the taste somewhat resembled that public visit to all their friends, who are collected of a yam. I was informed by our people, that in on the occasion. In this ceremony, there was their walks they saw, in many places, patches of nothing remarkable: the Arreoy men took their Indian corn just making their appearance through opportunity to plunder the women who were near the ground. This convinces me that the corn them, and Iddeah made a present of some cloth to taken from Matavai could not have been better Huheine Moyere, and a baked hog to the Arreoys. disposed of.

After this ceremony, a present was produced Goats are frequently offered for sale, but I rather from many of the principal people, for young discouraged the buying of them, for fear of injuring Otoo, the Earee Rahie; which was received by the breed. The natives will not eat them, neither Iddeah, Tinah being absent. This present conwill they taste the milk; and ask, with some ap- sisted of five hogs, and forty-eight baskets filled pearance of disgust, why we do not milk the sows? with bread-fruit, cocoa-nuts, tarro, and different I endeavoured to prevail on Tinah and Iddeah to kinds of puddings. The baskets were decorated eat the goats' milk, by mixing it with fruit, but with slips of cloth, stained with variety of colours, they would only try one spoonful.

and carried by 24 men, each of whom had a



[ocr errors][ocr errors]
« ForrigeFortsæt »