With These Few Remarks I Leave The Subject Of The Volume To Develop
Itself In My Letters.
They have not had the advantage of revision
by any one familiar with the Sandwich Islands, and mistakes and
inaccuracies may consequently appear, on which, I hope that my
Hawaiian friends will not be very severe.
In correcting them, I
have availed myself of the very valuable "History of the Hawaiian
Islands," by Mr. Jackson Jarves, Ellis' "Tour Round Hawaii," Mr.
Brigham's valuable monograph on "The Hawaiian Volcanoes," and sundry
reports presented to the legislature during its present session. I
have also to express my obligations to the Hon. E. Allen, Chief
Justice and Chancellor of the Hawaiian kingdom, Mr. Manley Hopkins,
author of "Hawaii," Dr. T. M. Coan, of New York, Professor W.
Alexander, Daniel Smith, Esq., and other friends at Honolulu, for
assistance most kindly rendered.
ISABELLA L. BIRD.
STEAMER NEVADA, NORTH PACIFIC, January 19.
A white, unwinking, scintillating sun blazed down upon Auckland, New
Zealand. Along the white glaring road from Onehunga, dusty trees
and calla lilies drooped with the heat. Dusty thickets sheltered
the cicada, whose triumphant din grated and rasped through the
palpitating atmosphere. In dusty enclosures, supposed to be
gardens, shrivelled geraniums scattered sparsely alone defied the
heat. Flags drooped in the stifling air. Men on the verge of
sunstroke plied their tasks mechanically, like automatons. Dogs,
with flabby and protruding tongues, hid themselves away under
archway shadows. The stones of the sidewalks and the brick of the
houses radiated a furnace heat.
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