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CONTENTS.




CHAPTER I.
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Letter to England announcing start from Fiji—Vague plans, 1
CHAPTER II.
Life in a French man-of-war—Convent-life in Tonga—Early martyrs—Wesleyan mission—Roman Catholic mission—Cyclopean tombs at Mua—Gigantic trilithon—Fines and taxes—King George Tupou, 3
CHAPTER III.
Sail from Tonga to Vavau—Volcano of Tofua—Wesleyan mission—Two thousand miles from a doctor—Orange-groves—A lovely sea-lake—Coral caves, 24
CHAPTER IV.
Life on board ship—The Wallis Isles—Fotuna—Sunday Isle—Cyclopean remains on Easter Isle—Stone adzes—Samoa—Pango-Pango harbour, 33
CHAPTER V.
Boat transit to Leone—Spouting caves—Council of war—Sketch of Samoan history—Night dances, 48
CHAPTER VI.
A shore without a reef—Samoan plants—Houses—Animals—Laying foundation-stone of a church—School festival—the Navigator's Isles, 61
CHAPTER VII.
Vanquished chiefs of the Puletoa faction under protection of the union-jack—Convent-school—"Bully" Hayes—Postal difficulties—House of Godeffroy—Village of Malinunu—Vegetables and fish—Advantages of Anglo-American companies, 74
CHAPTER VIII.
The Ishmaelites of the Pacific—Injudicious intervention—Fa-Samoa picnic—A torchlight walk—Training-college at Malua—Apt illustrations by native preachers—Dr Turner—Mission to the New Hebrides—Escape to Samoa—Of many changes on many isles, 89
CHAPTER IX.
A sketch of the Samoan mission—The Rev. John Williams determines to visit the Navigator's Isles—Preliminary work in the Hervey group—Discovery of Rarotonga—Conversion of its people—They help Williams to build a ship which shall convey him to Samoa—Visit Tonga—Proceed to Samoa—Overthrow of idolatry—Reverence for old mats—Williams's grave at Apia, 118
CHAPTER X.
Leave Samoa—Reach Tahiti—Grey shadows—Death of Queen Pomare—La Loire and her passengers—A general dispersion—Life ashore at Papeete—Admiral Serre and the royal family—Families of Salmon and Brander—Adoption, 148
CHAPTER XI.
Papeete—Catholic mission—Protestant mission—A christening party—La Maison Brandère—Tales of the past—Evenings in Tahiti—La musique—Plans—Sunday, 164
CHAPTER XII.
Short sketch of a royal progress round Tahiti, 177
CHAPTER XIII.
The royal progress round Tahiti—Life day by day—Himènes—A beautiful shore—Manufacture of arrowroot flowers — A deserted cotton plantation—Tahitian dancing—The Areois—Vanilla plantations—Fort of Taravao, 182
CHAPTER XIV.
The royal progress round Tahiti (continued)—French fort at Taravon—The peninsula—Life in bird-cage houses—Torchlight procession—Return to Papeete, 198
CHAPTER XV.
The semaphore—Immutable tides—The coral-reef—Spearing fish—Netting—catching sharks—A royal mausoleum—Superstitions of East and West—Centipedes—Intoxicating drinks—Influenza—Death of Mrs Simpson, 210
CHAPTER XVI.
The royal progress round Moorea—The Seignelay starts for the Marquesas and Paumotus—Indecision, 226
CHAPTER XVII.
Vain regrets — Some account of the Marquesas and the Paumotu groups, 236
CHAPTER XVIII.
Tahitian hospitality—A South Sea store—A bathing picnic—The Marquesans—Tattooing—Ancient games of Tahiti—Malay descent—Theory of a northerly migration, 267
CHAPTER XIX.
Life in Papeete—The market—Churches—Country life in the South Seas, 286
CHAPTER XX.
Visit to the Protestant mission on Moorea—A sketch of the early history of the mission, 294
CHAPTER XXI.
A healing tree—Plantation life—Vanilla crops—Cat-and-dog life—A foiled assassin—The tropics of to-day—England in days of yore—Among the crags—Infanticide—Heathen days, 310
CHAPTER XXII.
Life on Moorea—An ancient place of sacrifice—Arrival of H.M.S. Shah—Hospitalities on land and water, 322
CHAPTER XXIII.
The atoll group of Tetiaroa, 335
CHAPTER XXIV.
New Year's Day in Tahiti—Ascent of Fautawa valley—Of palm salads, screw-pines, and bread-fruit—Packing mango-stones—Return of Gilbert Islanders—Departure of the Seignelay, 339
CHAPTER XXV.
Hurricane at the Paumotus—Mahena plantation—Watching for vessels—Farewell to Tahiti, 353