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ship in great state. Their appearance was quite magnificent.
In the first canoe, was the King Ferreoobod, and his chiefs, dressed in their rich feathered cloaks and helmets. They were armed with long spears and daggers. In the second, was Kaoo, the chief of the priests, with his brethren and their idols.
These idols were of gigantic size, made of wicker work, and curiously covered with small feathers of various colors. Their eyes were made of large pearl oysters, with a black nut fixed in the centre; their mouths were set with a double row of the fangs of dogs. The third canoe was filled with hogs, and various sorts of vegetables.
As they went along, the priests sang their hymns with great solemnity. It was expected they would come on board; but as this was a matter of ceremony and not of business, they paddled round the ships, and went ashore.
Sometime after this, Captain Cook set out
with his vessels to leave these islands, but one of the ships getting out of order, he soon returned. He now perceived, with some surprise, that the conduct of the people was entirely changed toward him and his men. Shortly after, one of his boats was stolen by some of the natives.
Captain Cook determined to go to a village, and get some one of the chiefs, take him on board the ship and keep him there, till the boat should be returned. Accordingly he went, and found the old king just waked from sleep. He proposed to him to go on board his vessel, and the king readily consented.
But one of the King's wives, and some of the chiefs, would not permit him to go. At this point of time it happened that the English sailors in the bay fired some cannon which alarmed the natives, and they began to collect in great numbers around their king and Captain Cook. Pretty soon, the news
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came that one of the savages, who was attempting to get out into the bay in a canoe, had been killed by the cannon.
This inflamed the minds of the savages to a pitch of fury. They immediately sent away their women and children, and armed themselves for strife. Captain Cook, finding it impossible to get the king on board his vessel, had given up the point, and was walking toward the shore. But immediately the natives followed, and they hurled a shower of stones upon the few soldiers who were with him.
Captain Cook now fired his musket, and killed the foremost of the savages. A general attack of stones from the natives immediately followed. This was answered by a discharge of musketry, from the soldiers who were with Captain Cook, as well as those who had just landed from the boat. A scene of bloodshed and slaughter ensued. Four of the soldiers were cut off, and slain among the
rocks. Three others were dangerously wounded. Captain Cook was himself stabbed in the back by a spear, and fell dead at the water's edge.
Thus died one of the most celebrated navigators that has ever lived. He made three voyages of discovery round the world, and did more than any other voyager has ever done, toward making us acquainted with countries before unknown. Shortly after - his death, which happened in the year 1779, the vessels he had commanded returned to England, carrying the melancholy tidings of his fate.
Multitudes of people come on board the Beaver. Their dress. Appearance. Houses. Amusements. Religion. Temples. Account of the destruction of their Idols. Ar rival of the Missionaries. Consequences.
I will now tell you of what happened while I was at the Sandwich islands. It was