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The men are very curiously tattooed. They are as proud of being finely tattooed, as some people are among us of being finely dressed.
Captain Krusenstern, a Russian voyager, went to these islands several years ago, and there he found a Frenchman, tattooed almost like the rest of the natives. How he came there I cannot tell you, but he had lived among the people a long time, and had adopted many of their habits. He went back to Europe, on board the Russian vessel, and there he became an object of great curiosity and attention. His name was Jean Babtiste Cabri.
To the southeast of the Marquesas, is Easter island, which you will find on the map. It is about twelve miles long and nine miles wide. It has high mountains upon it, which may be seen at the distance of forty-five miles. On the south side of the island is the crater of a volcano now extinguished, but the stones in many parts, prove that in former ages it has spread its ravages over the land.
The people here resemble those who inhabit the other islands we have described, and they tattoo themselves in a similar manner. The voyagers who have been at this place, speak with astonishment of some immense stone statues that are found here. They appear to have been executed many ages since. Some of them are twenty-five feet in height.
One of the most curious things about the people of this island is, that the lower part of their ears is prodigiously large. In these they make holes, some of which are of sufficient size to put your hand through. In these holes they wear various ornaments.
Pitcairn's island. Story of the Mutineers who settled
there. Description of Pitcairn's island, John Adams, and other things.
I will now tell you a story that I think you will find interesting. To the west of Easter island, you will see a little place on the map
called Pitcairn's island. This is six miles long, and is a fertile and beautiful spot. Well ! in the year 1789, the sailors on board the British ship Bounty, while sailing in the Pacific, mutinied against their officers. They took possession of the ship, put the officers on board the launch, a kind of large boat, and left them to their fate. These officers fortunately reached the island of Timor, north of New Holland.
The mutineers first proceeded in the vessel to Toobonai, one of the Society islands, and afterwards to Otaheite. Here, at their request,