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1769. May.

Monday 1.

Tuesday 2.

сHA P. XI. The Observatory set up; the Quadrant stolen,

and Consequences of the Theft: A Visit to Tootahab: Description of a Wrestlingmatch: European feeds sown: Names

given to our People by the Indians. IN the afternoon of Monday the first of May,

we fet up the observatory, and took the aftronomical quadrant, with some other instruments, on shore, for the first time.

The next morning, about nine o'clock, I went on fhore with Mr. Green to fix the quadrant in a situation for use, when to our inex, preffible surprise and concern it was not to be found. It had been deposited in the tent which was reserved for my use, where, as I passed the night on board, nobody nepr: it had never been taken out of the packing-case, which was eighteen inches square, and the whole was of considerable weight; a centinel had been posted the whole night within five yards of the tent door. and none of the other instruments were missing. We at first suspected that it might have been stolen by fome of our own people, who seeing a deal box, and not knowing the contents, might

think it contained nails, or some other subjects 1769. of traffic with the natives. A large reward was some therefore offered to any one who could find it, Tuesday 2 : as, withouç this, we could not perform the sera vice for which our voyage was principally undertaken. Our search in the mean time was not confined to the fort and places adjacent, but as the case might possibly have been carried back to the ship, if any of our own people had been the thieves, the most diligent search was made for it on board; all the parties however returned without any news of the quadrant, Mr. Banks, therefore, who upon such occasions declined 'neither labour nor risk, and who had more inAuence over the Indians than any of us, deter-, mined to go in search of it into the woods, he hoped, that if it had been stolen by the natives, he should find it wherever they had opened the box, as they would immediately discover that to them it would bę wholly useless: or, if in this expectation he should be disappointed, that he might recover it by the ascendancy he had acquired over the chiefs. He set out, accompanied by a midshipman and Mr. Green, and as he was crofing the river he was met by Tubourai Ta. maide, who immediately made the figure of a triangle with three bits of Araw upon his hand. By this Mr. Banks knew that the Indians were the thieves; and that, although they had opened the case, they were not disposed to part with the

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Tuesday 2.

contents. No time was therefore to be lost, and Mr. Banks made Tubourai Tamaide under stand, that he must instantly go with him to the place whither the quadrant had been carried; he consented, and they set out together to the eastward, the chief inquiring at every house which they passed after the thief by name: the people readily told him which way he was gone, and how long it was since he had been there the hope which this gave them that they should overtake him, supported them under their fatigue, and they pressed forward, sometimes walking, sometimes running, though the weather was intolerably hot ; when they had climbed a hill at the distance of about four miles, their conductor shewed them a point full three miles farther, and gave them to understand that they were not to expect the instrument till they had got thither. Here they paused; they had no arms, except a pair of pistols, which Mr. Banks al. ways carried in his pocket; they were going to a place that was at least seven miles diftant from the fort, where the Indians might be less submissive than at home, and to take from them what they had ventured their lives to get ; and what, notwithstanding our conjectures, they ap. peared desirous to keep: these were discouraging circumstances, and their situation would become more critical at every step. They determined, however, not to relinquish their enterprise, nor

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to pursue it without taking the best measures for 1769. their security that were in their power. It was w therefore determined, that Mr. Banks and Mr. Tuesday 2.' Green Thould go on, and that the midshipman should return to me, and defire that I would send a party of men after them, acquainting me at the same time, that it was impossible they should return till it was dark. Upon receiving this message I set out, with such a party as I thought sufficient for the occasion; leaving orders, both at the ship and at the fort, that no canoe should be suffered to go out of the bay, but that none of the natives should be seized or detained. ... * In the mean time, Mr. Banks and Mr. Green pursued their journey, under the auspices of Tubourai Tamaide, and in the very spot which he had specified, they met one of his own people, with part of the quadrant in his hand. At this most welcome fight they stopped; and a great number of Indians immediately came up, some of whom pressing rather rudely upon them, Mr. Banks thought it necessary to fhew one of his pistols, the right of which reduced them instantly to order: as the crowd that gathered round them was every moment increasing, he marked out a circle in the grass, and they ranged themselves on the outside of it to the number of several hundreds with great quietness and decorum. Into the middle of this circle, the box, which was now arrived, was ordered to be brought, with several

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1769. reading glasses, and other small matters, which

in their hurry they had put into a pistol-case, Tuęsday 2. that Mr. Banks knew to be his property, it hav.,

ing been some time before stolen from the tents, with a horse pistol in it, which he immediately demanded, and which was also restored. . · Mr. Green was impatient to see whether all that had been taken away was returned, and upon examining the box found the stand, and a few small things of less consequence, wanting ; seve.. ral persons were sent in search of these, and most of the small things were returned: but it was signified that the thief had not brought the stand so far, and that it would be delivered to our friends as they went back; this being confirmed by Tubourai Tamaide, they prepared to return, as nothing would then be wanting but whac might easily be supplied; and after they had advanced about two miles, I met them with my party, to our mutual satisfaction, congratulating each other upon the recovery of the quadrant, with a pleasure proportioned to the importance of the event.

About eight o'clock, Mr. Banks with Tubourai Tamaide got back to the fort; when to his great furprile, he found Tootahah in cuftody, and many of the natives in the utmost terror and distress, crowding about the gate. He wens hastily in, some of the Indians were suffered to follow him, and the scene was extremely affect

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