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By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories

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Author: Louis Becke
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 66,137 / 190 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,168
Added to site: 2008.03.25 20409

By Rock and Pool -- Solepa -- The Fisher Folk of Nukufetau -- Mrs. Maclaggan's Billy -- An Island Memory -- A Hundred Fathoms Deep -- On A Tidal River -- Denison Gets Another Ship -- Jack Shark's Pilot -- The "Palu" of the Equatorial Pacific -- The Wily "Goanner" -- The Ta~Nifa of Samoa -- On Board the Tucopia -- The Man in the Buffalo Hide

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a moment. Then he disappears. You advance cautiously to the spot and find a hole no larger than the circumference of an afternoon tea cup, communicating with the water beneath. Lower a baited hook with a strong wire snooding, and "Yellowskin" will open wide his jaws and swallow it without your feeling the slightest movement of the line. But you must be quick and strong of hand then, or you will never drag him forth, for slippery as he is he can coil his length around a projecting bit of rock and defy you for perhaps five or ten minutes; and then when you do succeed in tearing him away and pull him out with the hook buried deep in his loose, pendulous, wrinkled and corduroyed throat, he instantly resolves himself into a quivering Gordian knot, winding the line in and about his coils and knotting it into such knots that can never be unravelled.

Here and there you will see lying buried deep in the growing coral, or covered with black masses of congewoi such things as iron and copper bolts, or hea



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