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getting into trouble; but he was an honest fellow, possessed an excellent heart, and would always give his last shilling to relieve a friend.
Since we left the American coast I had often thought of him; there was, indeed, every probability that he had perished in the storm; but the chance that he was living still presented itself to my mind, and the idea that he was in captivity among the Indians, haunted my imagination by day, and my dreams at night. Now that I was going to set out for home, to return without him, to meet his friends and tell them he was lost, my remembrance of him became very sad and painful.
The vessel in which I had embarked was very large, and had on board of her at least two hundred men. She was sent out by the government of England, on some public business, to Canton. She had been to that place, and was now returning across the Pacific to England. She was going to touch at some of the islands on her way, particularly at New Holland.
If you will look on the map, you will see a number of islands not far from Luzon. The principal of these are the Spice islands, Borneo, Sumatra, and Java. As we sailed in a direction nearly southwest from Luzon, we passed Borneo on the left, and went through the straits between Java and Sumatra.
As we did not stop at any of these islands, I can only describe them from the accounts of other voyagers. Borneo is the largest island in the world, except New Holland. It is nearly five times as large as all the New England States. It has, I suppose, about three million of inhabitants. As we passed along near the shores of this island, I saw a great many of the people navigating the waters in boats and
Their complexion is quite dark, and they appeared to me to resemble the inhabitants of Luzon.
The land in Borneo is very fruitful. The productions are rice, pepper, camphor, oranges,
What of Borneo ?
lemons, cocoa nuts, bread fruit, and many oth
There are many kinds of monkeys here; among them is the Orang-Outang, which in form very much resembles a man.
Birds of Paradise are also found in Borneo. Their color is a light yellow. We often saw them high in the air, and far out at sea.
I believe it is because they are so often seen in the air, at a distance from the land, that the sailors imagine them to be birds of the sky, and not of the earth. This is said to be ilie reason, why they call them Birds of Paradise.
Sumatra is about one thousand miles in length, but it is quite narrow. The population is probably four or five million. It is said that some of the people here eat human flesh. Those who live along the coast are called Malays. Many vessels go to trade with these people, but they are a treacherous and thievish
The productions are like those of Bor
There are elephants and rhinoceroses in the island ; also great serpents, and a multitude of birds of beautiful feathers.
What of Sumatra ? The people? Productions? Animals ?