Tahiti: The Island Paradise

W. B. Conkey, 1906 - 254 σελίδες
Author's signed and corrected ms., dated 1906 in Chicago, of a three-volume account of his journey to Tahiti in the winter of 1904. Dr. Senn begins with a description of his voyage across the Pacific from San Francisco aboard the steamer "Mariposa." As they approach Tahiti and Moorea after a voyage of 12 or 13 days, the author observes the string of atoll islands, with their coral formations and central lagoons fringed by cocoa palms. Because of the dangerous reefs, a native pilot is used to guide the ship safely into the harbor of Papeete. The author includes notes on the racial background, nature, and customs of the natives, as well as the sights of Papeete, such as the communal laundry washbasin, the plaza marketplace, king's palace, government school, and cathedral. There is also a lengthy section on the climate, terrain, and natural beauties of the island. Dr. Senn discusses the history of Tahiti and its rulers, and the experiences of early white visitors to the island, such as Capt. Cook of the "Endeavor" in 1769, Capt Bligh of the "Bounty" in 1788, and English missionaries in 1797. Other topics covered include education, religion, funeral ceremonies, and business in Tahiti; diseases of the natives such as tuberculosis, measles, leprosy, and elephantiasis; practices of the "kahuna" or native doctor; and important staples of the Tahitian diet such as breadfruit, manioc, cassava, arrowroot, taro, and cocoanuts. The third volume contains extensive description of cocoa palms, the abundant fruits of the island, the native species of trees, and the rural districts of Tahiti.

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Σελίδα 168 - But who can paint Like Nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers ? Or can it mix them with that matchless skill, And lose them in each other, as appears In every bud that blows...
Σελίδα 193 - Twinkling vapors arose ; and sky and water and forest Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together. Hanging between two skies, a cloud with edges of silver, Floated the boat, with its dripping oars, on the motionless water.
Σελίδα 168 - And so beside the Silent Sea, I wait the muffled oar; No harm from Him can come to me On ocean or on shore. I know not where His islands lift Their fronded palms in air; I only know I cannot drift Beyond His love and care.
Σελίδα 215 - The Sun's rim dips; the stars rush out: At one stride comes the dark; With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea, Off shot the spectre-bark.
Σελίδα 191 - I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me : and to me, High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture...
Σελίδα 176 - Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom ? Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom ? Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose ? Know'st thou it ? Thither ! O thither, My dearest and kindest, with thee would I go.
Σελίδα 118 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Σελίδα 60 - All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. We balance inconveniences ; we give and take ; we remit some rights that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants.
Σελίδα 210 - Yet fount of hope. Posthumous glories! angel-like collection ! Upraised from seed or bulb interred in earth, Ye are to me a type of resurrection, And second birth. Were I, O God, in churchless lands remaining, Far from all voice of teachers or divines. My soul would find in flowers of thy ordaining. Priests, sermons, shrines!
Σελίδα 172 - Bear me, Pomona ! to thy citron groves ; To where the lemon and the piercing lime, With the deep orange, glowing through the green, Their lighter glories blend.

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