The South Seaman

An Incident in the Sea Story of Australia

Author: Louis Becke
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,195 / 22 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 877
Added to site: 2008.04.20 20613

From The Tapu of Banderah and Other Stories

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, and completely smashed and rendered it useless. A few hours later, however, the weather cleared, the gale died away, and the gentle south-east trade again breathed upon them. That evening they made Anaa (Chain Island), the natives of which, owing to previous association with South Seamen--as whaling and trading ships were then called--were very good to them. At Anaa, Todd and his comrades remained for two days, and on the morning of the 20th day they sighted the noble outlines of Tahiti, the Garden of the South Pacific.

Here they thought their troubles were ended, for the natives of Tahiti were known to not only be friendly to white men, but Christianised as well.

But as soon as the sea-worn men approached the beach, numbers of canoes, filled with natives armed with muskets, put off, and surrounding the boat, made the white men prisoners.

Greatly alarmed at this proceeding--which was such a contrary reception to what they had expected from the Tahitians--Todd at first imagined he had lo

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