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retreated with some haste and confusion, but was 1767

April. soon made to understand, that such amours gave woman no occasion to scandal, and that Obadée was universally known to have been selected by her as the object of her private favours. The lady being too polite to suffer Mr. Banks to wait long in her antichamber, dressed herself with more than usual expedition, and as a token of special grace, clothed him in a suit of fine cloth and proceeded with him to the tents. In the evening Mr. Banks paid a visit to Tubourai Tamaide, as he had often done before, by candle light, and was equally grieved and surprised to find him and his family in a melancholy mood, and most of them in tears : he endeavoured in vain to discover the cause, and therefore his stay among them was but short. When he reported this circumstance to the officers at the fort, they recollected that Owhaw had foretold, that in four days we should fire our great guns; and as this was the eve of the third day, the situation in which Tubourai Tamaide and his family had been found, alarmed them. The sentries therefore were doubled at the fort, and the gentlemen Nept under arms; at two in the morning, Mr. Banks himself went round the point, but found every thing so quiet, that he gave up all suspicions of mischief intended by the natives as groundless. We had however another source of security; our little fortification was now comA a 4

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plete. The north and south sides consisted of a bank of earth four feet and an half high on the inside, and a ditch without ten feet broad and fix deep; on the west fide, facing the bay, there was a bank of earth four feet high, and pallisadoes upon that, but no ditch, the works here being at highwater mark; on the east side, upon the bank of the river, was placed a double row of water-casks, filled with water; and as this was the weakest fide, the two four pounders were planted there, and six swivel guns were mounted so as to command the only two avenues from the woods. Our garrison consisted of about five and forty men with small arms, including the officers, and the gentlemen who resided on shore; and our fentries were as well relieved as in the best regu, lated frontier in Europe.

We continued our vigilance the next day, though we had no particular reason to think it necessary; but about ten o'clock in the morn. ing, Tomio came running to the tents, with a mixture of grief and fear in her countenance, and taking Mr. Banks, to whom they applied in every emergency and distress, by the arm, intimated that Tubourai Tamaide was dying, in consequence of something which our people had given him to ear, and that he must infiantly go with her to his house. Mr. Banks set out without delay, and found his Indian friend leaning his head against a poft, in an attitude of the ut

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most languor and defpondency; the people 1969 about him intimated that he had been vomiting, and brought out a leaf folded up with great care, Sunday 30. which they said contained some of the poison, by che deleterious effects of which he was nÓW dying. Mr. Banks hastily opened the leaf, and upon examining its contents found them to be no other than a chew of tobacco, which the chief had begged of fome of our people, and which they had indiscreetly given him: he had observed that they kept it long in the mouth, and being desirous of doing the same, he had chew. ed it to powder, and swallowed the spittle. During the examination of the leaf and its contents, he looked up at Mr. Banks with the most piteous aspect, and intimated that he had but a very fhort time to live. Mr. Banks, however, being now master of his disease, directed him to drink plentifully of cocoa-nut milk, which in a Thort time put an end to his fickness and appre. hensions, and he spent the day at the fort with that uncommon flow of cheerfulness and goodhumour, which is always produced by a sudden and unexpected relief from pain either of body or mind. · Captain Wallis having brought home one of the adzes which these people, having no metal of any kind, make of stone, Mr. Steyens, the Secretary to the admiralty, procured one to be made of iron in imication of it, which I brought

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making tools after their own fashion: this I had.

not yet produced, as it never happened to come Monday 1. into my mind. But on the first of May, Toota

hah coming on board about ten o'clock in the forenoon, expressed a great curiosity to see the contents of every chest and drawer that was in my cabbin; as I always made a point of gratifying him, I opened them immediately, and having taken a fancy to many things that he faw, and collected them together, he at last happened to cast his eye upon this adze; he instantly snatched it up with the greatest eagerness, and putting away every thing which he had before selected, he asked me whether I would let him have that: I readily consented; and, as if he was afraid I should repent, he carried it off immediately in a transport of joy, without making any other request, which, whatever had been our liberality, was seldom the case.

About noon, a chief, who had dined with me a few days before, accompanied by some of his women, came on board alone: I had observed that he was fed by his women, but I made no doubt, that upon occasion he would condescend to feed himself: in this, however, I found myself mistaken. When my noble guest was feat. ed, and the dinner upon the table, I helped him to fome yictuals; as I observed that he did not im.

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mediately begin his meal, I prefled him to eat: 1769. but he still continued to fit motionless like a man statue, without attempting to put a single mor. Monday 1, sel into his mouth, and would certainly have gone without his dinner, if one of the servants had not fed him.

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