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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.
. ral 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
common at that time for vessels to stop there, and as soon as the people saw us approaching, a multitude crowded to the shore; a great many
of them set off in boats; and many others, who could not get into the boats, leaped into the water and swam toward us.
Before we had come to anchor, we were already surrounded with boats full of people ; the water also seemed alive with persons, who were swimming like ducks; some of them were men, many were women, and many were boys. They seemed perfectly at ease in the water, as if it were their natural element. They swam around the ship, and sometimes passed entirely under it, coming up, the side opposite to that where they had
Very soon, the deck was crowded with these people. They were dressed in a curious manner. The women wore a simple piece of cloth wound around their bodies. The
What happened when the vessel in which Parley was, arrived at the Sandwich islands ? Describe the dress of the people.