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1769. immediately conducted him back to the tent.
His attendants soon after hrought him some .19. pork and bread-fruit, which he eat, dipping his
meat into salt water instead of fauce: after his
: A kind of market now began to be kept just 1769. without the lines, and was plentifully supplied with every thing but pork. Tubourai Tamaide Wednes 19. was our constant guest, imitating our manners, even to the using of a knife and fork, which he did very handily.
As my curiosity was excited by Mr. Monkhouse's account of the lituation of the man who had been shot, I took an opportunity to go with some others to see it. I found the shed under which his body lay, close by the house in which he resided when he was alive, some others being not more than ten yards distant, it was about 15 feet long, and 11 broad, and of a proportionable height: one end was wholly open, and the other end, and the two sides, were partly enclofed with a kind of wicker work. The bier on which the corps was deposited, was a frame of wood like that in which the fea-beds, called cotts, are placed, with a matted bottom, and supported by four posts, at the height of about five feet from the ground. The body was covered first with a matt, and then with white cloth; by the side of it lay a wooden mace, one of their weapons of war, and near the head of it, which lay next to the close end of the fhed, lay two cocoa-nut shells, such as are sometimes used to carry water in; at the other end a bunch of green leaves, with some dried twigs, all tied together, were stuck in the ground, by which
lay a stone about as big as a cocoa-nut: near
Our residence on shore would by no means have been disagreeable if we had not been incessantly tormented by the Ries, which, among other mischief, made it almost impossible for Mr. Parkinson, Mr. Banks's natural history painter, to work, for they not only covered his subject so as that no part of its surface could be feen, but even eat the colour off the paper as fast as he could lay it on. We had recourse to mulquito.nets and fly-traps, which, though they made
the inconvenience tolerable, were very far from 1769.
April. removing it.
On the 22d, Tootahah gave us a specimen of Saturd. 12. the music of this country; four persons performed upon Autes, which had only two stops, and therefore could not found more than four notes, by half tones: they were founded like our German Autes, except that the performer, instead of applying it to his mouth, blew into it with one nostril, while he stopped the other with his thumb: to these instruments four other persons sung, and kept very good time; but only one tune was played during the whole concert.
Several of the natives brought us axes, which they had received from on board the Dolphin, to grind and repair; but among others there was one which became the subject of much specula. tion, as it appeared to be French: after much inquiry, we learnt that a ship had been here be, tween our arrival and the departure of the Dol. phin, which we then conjectured to have been a Spaniard, but now know to have been the Boudeuse, commanded by M. Bougainville.
CH A P. X.
of several Incidents that happened both on
N the 24th, Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander
examined the country for several miles along the shore to the eastward : for about two miles it was fat and fertile; after that the hills stretched quite to the water's edge, and a little farther ran out into the sea, so that they were obliged to climb over them. These hills, which were barren, continued for about three miles more, and then terminated in a large plain, which was full of good houses, and people who appeared to live in great affluence. In this place there was a river, much more considerable than that at our fort, which issued from a deep and beautiful valley, and, where our travellers crossed it, though at some distance from the sea, was near one hundred yards wide. About a mile beyond this river the country became again barren, the rocks every where projecting into