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He was taken to the fort; to receive such judg- 0769. ment as should be given against him by the general, voice.
After some deliberation, that we inight 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 thould be forgotten. To this condition he agreed; but I am sorry to fay he did not fulfil it. Instead of fetching the nails, he removed with his family before night, and took all his furniture with him.
Asour long-boat had appeared to be leaky, I thought it necessary to exainine her bottom, and, to my great surprize, 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 : I feared that the pinnace also might be nearly in the same condition ; hut, upon examining her, I had the satisfaction to find that not a worm had touched her, though the 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 payed 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 sha!l be found necessary.
Having received repeated messages from Tootahan, Wednei. 24. 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 terms, with orders to thew 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 re. ceived 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 wait; but the morning came without the logs, a id it not being convenient to
1769. stay longer, he returned in the evening, with the one
that he had got. Thuil. 25. On the 25th, Tubourai Tamaide and his wife
Tomio made their appearance at the tent, for the first time since he had been detected in stealing the nails; he seemed to be under fome 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 perfuading him to bring down the nails, but he could not succeed.
CH A P. XIII.
Ancther Visit to Tootabah, with various Adventures :
Extraordinary Amusement of the Indians, with Remarks upon it: Preparätions to observe the Transit of Venus, and what happened in the mean time at the Fort
N the 27th, it was determined that we should
pay our visit to Tootahah, though we were not very confident that we should receive the hogs for our pains. I therefore set out early in the morning, with Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander, and three others, in the pinnace. He was now removed from Tettahah, where Mr. Hicks had seen him, to a place called ATAHOUROU, 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, sitting 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 trifling articles, which were graciously received ; a hog was iminediately ordered to be killed and dressed for fupper, with a promise of more in the morning : however, as we were less desirous of feasting upon our journey than of carrying back with us provisions, which would be more welcome at the fort, we pro.
cured a reprieve for the hog, and supped upon the 1769.
May. fruits of the country. As night now came on, and the place was crowded with many more than the houses and canoes would contain, there being Oberea with her attendants, and many other travellers whom we knew, we began to look out for lodgings. Our party consisted of fix : Mr. Banks thought himself fortunate in being offered a place by Oherea in her canoe, and wishing his friends a good night, took his leave. He went to rest early, according to the custom of the country, and taking off his clothes, as was his con(tant practice, the nights being hot, Oberea kindly infifted upon taking them into her own custody, for otherwise she said they would certainly be stoien. Mr. Banks having such a safeguard, resigned himself to feep with all imaginable tranquillity : but awaking about eleven o'clock, and wanting to get up, he searched for his clothes where he had seen them deposited by Oberea when he lay down to feep, and soon perceived that they were missing. He immediately awakened Oberea, who starting up, and hearing his complaint, ordered lights, and prepared in great haste to recover what he had loft: Tootahah himself slept in the next canoe, and being soon alarmed, he came to them and set out with Oberea in search of the thief:: Mr. Banks was not in a condition to go with them, for of his apparel scarce any thing was left him but his breeches; his.coat, and his waistcoat, with his pistols, powder-horn, and many other things that were in the pockets, were gone. In about half an hour his two noble friends returned, but without having obtained any intelligence of his clothes or the thief. At first he began to be alarmed, his musquet had not indeed been taken away, but he had neglected to load it; where I and Dr. Solander had disposed of ourselves he did not know; and therefore, whatever might happen, he could not have recourse to us for allistance. He thought it beft, however, to express neither fiar nor fufpicion of those about him, and giving his musquet to Tupia, who had been waked in the confusion and stood by him, with a charge not to suffer it to be
tolen, he betook himself again to rest, declaring him-
and Oberea had taken to recover his things, though they had not been successful. As it cannot be supposed that in such a situation his sleep was very sound, he soon after heard music, and saw lights at a little distance on fhore: this was a concert or assembly, which they call HEIVA, a common name for every public exhibition ; and as it would necessarily bring many people together, and there was a chance of my being among them with his other friends, he rose and made the best of his way towards it: he was soon led by the lights and the found to the hut where I lay, with three other gentlemen of our party; and eafily diftinguishing us from the rest, he made up to us more than half naked, and told us his melancholy story. We gave him such comfort as the unfortunate generally give to each other, by telling him that we were fellow sufferers : I shewed him that I was myself without stockings, they having been stolen from under my head, though I am sure I had never been afleep, and each of my associates convinced him, by his appearance that he had lost a jacket. We determined, however, to hear out the concert, however deficient we might appear in our dress; it consifted of three drums, four flutes, and several voices : when this entertainment, which lasted about an hour, was over, we retired again to our sleeping places; having agreed, that nothing could be done toward the recovery of our things till the morning.
We rose at day-break, according to the custom of the country; the first man that Mr. Banks saw was Tupia, faithfully attending with his musquet; and soon after, Oberea brought him some of her country cloths, as a fuccedaneum for his own, so that when he came to us he made a most motly appearance, half Indian and half Englifh. Our party soon got together, except Dr. Solander, whose quarters we did not know, and who had not afsifted at the concert : in a short time Tootahah made his appearance, and we pressed him to recover our clothes ; but neither he nor Oberea could be persuaded to take any measure for that purpose ; so that we began to suspect that they had been parties in the theft. About eight o'clock we were joined by Dr. Solander who had fallen into honefter hands, at a house a mile diftant, and had loft nothing.
oss which we spent
Having given up all hopes of recovering our clothes, which indeed were never afterwards heard of, we spent all the morning in soliciting the hogs which we had been promised; but in this we had no better success: we therefore, in no very good humour, set out for the boat about twelve o'clock, with only that which we had redeemed from the butcher and cook the night before.
As we were returning to the boat, however, we were entertained with a fight that in fome measure compensated for our fatigue and disappointment. In our way we came to one of the few places where accefs to the ifland is not guarded by a reef, and, consequently, a high surf breaks upon the fhore; a more dreadful one indeed I had feldom seen ; it was impossible for any Eu. ropean boat to have lived in it; and if the best fwimmer in Europe had, by any accident, been exposed to its fury, I am confident that he would not have been able to preserve himself from drowning, especially as the shore was covered with pebbles and large ftones; yet, in the midst of these breakers, were ten or twelve Indians fwimming for their amusement : whenever a furf broke near them, they dived under it, and, to all appearance, with infinite facility, rose again on the other fide. This diversion was greatly improved by the stern of an old canoe, which they happened to find upon the spot; they took this before them, and swam out with it as far as the outermost breach, then two or three of them getting into it, and turning the square end to the breaking wave, were driven in towards the shore with incredible rapidity, sometimes almost to the beach ; but generally the wave broke over them before they got half way, in which case they dived, and rose on the other side with the canoe in their hands: they then swam out with it again, and were again driven back, just as our holiday youth climb the hill at Greenwich-park for the pleasure of rolling down it. At this wonderful scene we stood gazing for more than half an hour, during which time none of the swimmers attempted to come on shore, but seemed to enjoy their sport in the highest degree; we then proceeded on our journey, and, late in the evening, got back to the fort.
Upon this occasion it may be observed, that human nature is endued with powers which are only accidentally