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would himself be à pledge for their faferf, in despight of the thief: of this, however, we h would not adnit; and making them understand that a fentry would be placed to watch the casks till the morning, he removed the beds into Mr.' Banks's tent, where he and his family fpent the night; making signs to the sentry when he teatired, that he should keep his eyes open. In the night this intelligence appeared to be ette; about twelve o'clock the thief came, but discovering that a watch had been fer, he went away without his booty

Mr. Banks's confidence in Tubourai Tamaide had greatly increased since the affair of the knife, in confequence of which he was at length exposed to temptations which neither his integrity: nor his honour was able to refift. They had withstood many allurements, but were at length ensnared by the fascinating charms of a bafket of nails: thefe nails were much larger than any that had yet been brought into trade, and had, with perhaps some degree of criminal negligence, been left in a corner of Mr. Banks's téft, to which the Chief had always free access. One of these nails Mr. Banks's servant happened tò fee in his poffeflion, upon his having inadvertently thrown back that part of his garment under which it was concealed. Mr. Banks being told of this, and knowing that no such thing had been given him, either as a present or in barter,

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1769. immediately examined the basket, and discover

mayed, that out of feven nails five were missing. Monday 15. He then, though not without great reluctance,

charged him with the fact, which he immediately confessed, and however he might suffer, was probably not more hurt than his accuser. A demand was immediately made of restitution; but this he declined, saying, that the nails were at Eparre: however, Mr. Banks appearing to be much in earnest, and using some threatening signs, he thought fit to produce one of them. He was then taken to the fort, to receive such judgment as should be given against him by the general voice.

After some deliberation, that we might not appear to think too lightly of his offence, he was told, that if he would bring the other four nails to the fort, it should be forgotten. To this condition he agreed; but I am sorry to say he did not fulfil it. Instead of fetching the nails, he removed with his family before night, and took all his furniture with him.

As our long-boat had appeared to be leaky, I thought it necessary to examine her bottom, and to my great surprise, found it so much eaten by the worms, that it was necessary to give her a new one; no such accident had happened to the Dolphin's boats, as I was informed by the officers on board, and therefore it was a misfortune that I did not expect : 1 feared that the

pinnace

May.

pinnace also might be nearly in the same condi- 1269. tion; but, upon examining her, I had the fatis- und faction to find that not a worm had touched her, Mond though she was built of the same wood, and had been as much in the water; the reason of this difference I imagine to be, that the long boat was paid with varnish of pine, and the pinnace painted with white lead and oil; the bottoms of all boats therefore which are sent into this country should be painted like that of the pinnace, and the ships should be supplied with a good stock, in order to give them a new coating when it should be found neceffary.

Having received repeated messages from Tootahah, that if we would pay him a visit he would acknowledge the favour by a present of four hogs, I sent Mr. Hicks, my first lieutenant, to try if he could not procure the hogs upon easier terins, with orders to show him every civility in his power. Mr. Hicks found that he was removed from Eparre to a place called TettaHAH, five miles farther to the westward. He was received with great cordiality; one hog was immediately produced, and he was told that the other three, which were at some distance, should be brought in the morning. Mr. Hicks readily consented to stay; but the morning came with. out the hogs, and it not being convenient to stay longer, he returned in the evening with the one he had got.

TTA.

May.

1769. On the 25th, Tubourai Tamaide and his wife

Tomio made their appearance at the tent, for Thursd. 25. the first time since he had been detected in steal

ing the nails; he seemed to be under some discontent and apprehension, yet he did not think fit to purchase our countenance and good-will by restoring the four which he had sent away. As Mr. Banks and the other gentlemen treated him with a coolness and reserve which did not at all tend to restore his peace or good-humour, his stay was short, and his departure abrupt. Mr. Monkhouse, the surgeon, went the next morning in order to effect a reconciliation, by persuading him to bring down the nails, but he could not succeed.

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CHA P. XIII.
Another Visit to Tootahab, with various Ad.

ventures: Extraordinary Amusement of
the Indians, with Remarks upon it: Pre:
parations to obferve the Tranfit of Venus,
and what happened in the mean time at
the Fort.

N the 27th, it was determined that we 1769.

should pay our visit to Tootahah, though we were not very confident that we should re- Saturd. 27. ceive the hogs for our pains. I therefore fet out early in the morning, wich Mr. Banks and .. Dr. Solander, and three others, in the pinnace. He was now removed from Tetrahah, where Mr. Hicks had seen him, to a place called AraHOUROU, about fix miles farther, and as we could not go above half-way thither in the boat, it was almost evening before we arrived : we found him in his usual state, fitting under a tree, with a great crowd about him. We made our presents in due form, consisting of a yellow stuff petticoat, and some other trilling articles, which were graciously received; a hog was immediately ordered to be killed and dressed for supper, with a promise of more in the morning: however, as we were lefs desirous of feasting upon our jour

ney

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