Adventures on the Western Coast of South America, and the Interior of California: Including a Narrative of Incidents at the Kingsmill Islands, New Ireland, New Britain, New Guinea, and Other Islands in the Pacific Ocean, Volume 2

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847
 

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Pagina iii - ON THE WESTERN COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA and in the INTERIOR of CALIFORNIA ; including a Narrative of Incidents at the Kingsmill Islands, New Ireland, New Britain, New Guinea, and other Islands in the Pacific Ocean : with an Account of the Natural Productions, and the Manners and Customs, in Peace and War, of the various Savage Tribes visited. By JOHN COULTER, MD Author of
Pagina 140 - ... the tortoise-shell ring suspended from his nose was large enough to display his large mouth, with the red-stained teeth. The matting round his waist was particularly fine, and ornamented with the bright coloured feathers of the lorie ; the nails of his hands were particularly long, indicative of bis high rank, as well as his never having been engaged in manual, labour of any kind. In his right hand he held a beautifully carved and ornamented spear, and was altogether a splendid specimen of savageism...
Pagina 255 - Nothin," said Connel. With that he took a hand of each of us, and pressed it warmly for awhile. This, as it were, demon of a man in fight, seemed overpowered with deep feeling. He stared at us for a few seconds. His eyes glistened with moisture, and, without uttering a word, suddenly let go our hands and rushed madly away amongst his own savages, who were already on the move ; who, as soon as he joined, gave a parting yell to us, and continued their march at a rapid rate up by the water-run. We gazed...
Pagina 49 - About two hours afterwards, a great many canoes, some of them of large size, shoved off from the shore and were paddling towards us in a dense body. As they came nearer, we could perceive the men to be much altered in appearance by the daubs of red and white paint that were on their bodies and faces, put on, I suppose, for this hostile occasion. They were also all armed with bows and arrows, spears, &c., and really looked very formidable as they approached us.
Pagina 49 - They were also all armed with bows and arrows, spears, &c., and really looked very formidable as they approached us. A blank cartridge was first fired, in hopes they would take fright at it and be off; but such was not the case, for they continued to urge on their canoes with fearless audacity, discharging clouds of arrows at us when near enough. It so happened that our boarding nettings were out of order, and could not be triced up satisfactorily.
Pagina 140 - ... person of his father-in-law was particularly prominent in the group. He was a tall man, hair combed out about three feet from the head, light blue tattooing on his chest, sides, and legs; the tortoise-shell ring suspended from his nose was large enough to display his large mouth, with the red-stained teeth. The matting round his waist was particularly fine, and ornamented with the bright coloured feathers of the lorie ; the nails of his hands were particularly long, indicative of bis high rank,...
Pagina 184 - ... girth that it took four of us, with joined hands, to encircle it, and in some instances even that did not suffice. Its branches and thick foliage formed an agreeable shade for the birds, or lodging for the night, as they were full of them, particularly the black and red lorie, together with owls, etc., all of whom seemed to rest harmoniously together in this extensive common abode. The wild cat was plentiful here, and whole flocks of the bird of paradise whisked over our heads, flying very low,...
Pagina 255 - Didn't Terry Connel keep his word?" ' You did, my brave fellow,' said Trainer. ' Can I do any thing else for you V ' Nothin,' said Connel. With that he took a hand of each of us, and pressed it warmly awhile. This, as it were, demon of a man in fight, seemed overpowered with deep feeling. He stared at us for a few seconds. His eyes glistened with moisture, and, without uttering a word, suddenly let go our hands...
Pagina 256 - Connel and his wild body-guard, until they entered a patch of forest which concealed them from our sight. Thus disappeared from our view, a bold, warm-hearted man, though wild and reckless in character ; by folly of his own, making him an outcast from, I may say, all Christian society.

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