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Rídan The Devil

And Other Stories

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Author: Louis Becke
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 76,353 / 220 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,016
Added to site: 2008.03.16 20320

Ridan the devil.--A memory of "the system."--A North Pacific lagoon island.-- Bilger, of Sydney.--The vision of Milli the slave.--Denison gets a berth ash re.-- Addie Ransom.--In a native village.-- Maurice Kinane.--The "killers" of Twofold Bay.-- Denison's second berth ashore.--A fish drive on a Micronesian atoll.--Bobaran.-- Sea fishing in Australia.--An adventure in the New Hebrides.-- The south sea bubble of Charles du Breil.--The white wife and the brown "woman."--With hook and line on an Austral river.--The wreck of the "Leonora."--An old colonial mutiny.--A boating adventure in the Carolines.--A Christmas Eve in the Far South Seas.

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acute;dan with him, clothed in a suit of blue serge, and with silent happiness illumining his face. For his heart was leaping within him at the thought of Onêata, and of those who numbered him with the dead; and when he clambered up the ship's side and saw Pulu, the big Samoan, working on deck with the other native sailors, he flung his arms around him and gave him a mighty hug, and laughed like a pleased child when Von Hammer told him that Pulu would be his shipmate till he saw the green land and white beach of Onêata once more.

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Six months out from Samoa the Mindora was hove-to off Choiseul Island, in the Solomon Group, waiting for her boat. Von Hammer and four hands had gone ashore to land supplies for a trader, and the brig was awaiting his return. There was a heavy sea running on the reef as the boat pushed off from the beach in the fast-gathering darkness; but who minds such things with a native crew? So thought Von Hammer as he grasped the long, swaying steer



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