From My Verandah In New Guinea; Sketches And Traditions

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byHugh Hastings Romilly

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...hero of this narrative, of exalting them to the rank of demigod, which might be called an apotheosis of treachery. As will be seen, my present hero carried through a successful course of deceit, and was eventually, as a reward for his labours, transformed into a dugong, the pursuit of which at the present day is accompanied by the observance of a greater number of superstitious beliefs than any other. In the Motu village of Hannabada, on the celebrated occasion in question, a great fishing expedition had come to a successful termination, and many turtle were awaiting the last rites which should consign them to the flesh-pots of Motu. There was but one topic of conversation in the village, and each man speculated as to how much he could eat, how much he would get, and how long the effects would last in the blissful state of repletion. But all hopes are not fulfilled, and in this case the anticipation was better than the reality. One of their own tribe, a man whose name for the credit of the human species has not been handed down to posterity, a man who had taken no active part in the capture of this great haul of turtles, appeared suddenly in their midst as the envoy of the much dreaded Koi-tapuan tribe. It made no difference that he was one of their own people, as he was one of the friends of both sides before alluded to. He had no credentials to show, but his mere word was considered sufficient. His message was short: "Give me all the best of the turtles," said he, "or take the consequences from the Koi-tapuans." When it came to deciding between the loss of turtles, or the acceptation of consequences at the hands of their neighbours, there could be only one decision. They decided to decline the consequences, and allow the Koi-tapuans to...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...hero of this narrative, of exalting them to the rank of demigod, which might be called an apotheosis of treachery. As will be se...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217820220

ISBN - 13:9780217820226

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