This dignitary proved to be an old sailor, by the name of John Young; who, after being tossed about the seas like another Sinbad, had, by one of the whimsical freaks of fortune, been elevated to the government of a savage island.
In February, 1790, Captain Metcalf touched at the island of Mowee, one of the Sandwich group.
Dumont d'Urville, questioning the natives, learned too that La Perouse, after losing both his vessels on the reefs of this island, had constructed a smaller boat, only to be lost a second time.
So," he said, "no one knows now where the third vessel perished that was constructed by the castaways on the island of Vanikoro?
The number of people increased, and, in less than half all hour, the island
was moved and raised in such a manner, that the lowest gallery appeared in a parallel of less then a hundred yards distance from the height where I stood.
At that time I was ignorant of the fact that by the operation of the 'taboo' the use of canoes in all parts of the island
is rigorously prohibited to the entire sex, for whom it is death even to be seen entering one when hauled on shore; consequently, whenever a Marquesan lady voyages by water, she puts in requisition the paddles of her own fair body.
One day he and several of my other passengers landed upon what we supposed to be an island
, but which was really an enormous whale floating asleep upon the waves.
One day, however, as he was lying half asleep in the warm water somewhere off the Island
of Juan Fernandez, he felt faint and lazy all over, just as human people do when the spring is in their legs, and he remembered the good firm beaches of Novastoshnah seven thousand miles away, the games his companions played, the smell of the seaweed, the seal roar, and the fighting.
The only quadruped native to the island
; is a large wolf like fox (Canis antarcticus), which is common to both Eas and West Falkland.
There was no wind stirring to help me, and all I could do with my paddles signified nothing: and now I began to give myself over for lost; for as the current was on both sides of the island
, I knew in a few leagues distance they must join again, and then I was irrecoverably gone; nor did I see any possibility of avoiding it; so that I had no prospect before me but of perishing, not by the sea, for that was calm enough, but of starving from hunger.
We are now going to look for a good place to live on this island
But, when about to land the balloon, the consul was informed that the population of the island
would oppose their doing so by force.
If we look to the islands
off the American shore, however much they may differ in geological structure, the inhabitants, though they may be all peculiar species, are essentially American.
A narrow loch, scarcely half a mile wide, separates Island
McGill from the mainland of Ireland; and, once across this loch, one finds himself in an entirely different country.
Jim said if we had the canoe hid in a good place, and had all the traps in the cavern, we could rush there if anybody was to come to the island
, and they would never find us without dogs.