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total darkness on the island for twenty-two hours.
I have now given you a short account of the Philippine isles, the Sunda isles, and the Mo. luccas or Spice islands. These several groups, are often called Asiatic islands, because they are near to Asia.
Parley goes to New Holland. THE English ship in which I sailed, after passing Java, turned to the east, and proceeded on her voyage. We left the island of Timor on the north, and passed between New Holland and New Guinea. The sea between these two great islands, is called Endeavour's Straits. We occasionally saw the shores of New Guinea, and one day our vessel stopped near the coast, and some of the people came in boats to see us.
Where are Endeavour's Straits
They paddled round us, at a considerable distance, but would not venture to come on board. They had a very different appearance from the inhabitants of the other islands, that I had seen. They were almost entirely black, and very much resembled the negroes of Africa ; but they were not quite as tall, nor was their hair quite as woolly.
We did not go on shore, upon this island, but I am told, that the greater part of the inhabitants are negroes, like those we saw. There are, however, many tribes of a different character. There are some very wild people, in the interior, who live in the hollows of old trees, some of which are very large, and afford them good shelter. They ascend the trees by a notched piece of wood, which answers as a ladder. When they get into their hole, they pull up this piece of wood so that nobody can follow them.
Describe the inhabitants of New Guinea.
The western coast is occupied by people, who appear to have come from Borneo, and the Moluccas; and they live in the same manner here as in those islands.
The people of New Guinea have some trade with the Chinese, who come here in vessels ; they buy of them their tools, and utensils, and give them in exchange ambergris, sea snails, tortoise shells, birds of paradise, and other birds of beautiful plumage. These are skinned, and stuffed in so neat a manner, as to appear like living birds.
The appearance of the people of New Guinea is far from pleasing, they tie up their hair on the top of their heads, in great bunches, sometimes two feet high ; they are, indeed, the ugliest people I ever saw; the men go quite naked, but the women wear a partial covering, of coarse cotton cloth.
What people occupy the western coast of New Guinea ? What of the trade of the people of New Guinea ? Appearance of the peo ple?
These people appear to have few religious notions, and they are said to be very savage and brutal, but the truth is we know but very little about them. When white men first go among savage nations, they are looked upon, and treated as enemies ; sometimes the white men are killed or perhaps used very cruelly.
They then go away and give a bad account of the inhabitants. Perhaps, after all, if they knew these people better, their character would appear different, and they would therefore tell a very different story about them.
The people of New Guinea, have remarkably light boats, which they manage on the water, with great skill; the women may be often seen paddling about in these boats. I was very much amused one day to see two women fishing: one of them caught a large fish ; as she was lifting it over the side of the canoe, it came very near being turned over, but the other woman placed herself on the opposite side of
Character? ' What of their boats ?