An idyllic journey through the islands of the South Seas aboard the Kawa, as it made it's leisurely journey through Polynesia in the years following the First World War. A parody of the usual Polynesian idyll.
illiam Henry Thomas was the last in, having been in the bow setting off a pinwheel, when the blow hit us. We dragged him in. My last memory is of Triplett driving a nail back of the hatch-cover to keep it from sliding.
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[Illustration: A Bewildered Botanist]
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