Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And In Borneo And The Philippines By H. Wilfrid Walker


The next two days it blew a regular hurricane, and the captain dared
not venture out to sea, our schooner - Page 8
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The Next Two Days It Blew A Regular Hurricane, And The Captain Dared Not Venture Out To Sea, Our Schooner Lying Safely At Anchor Inside The Coral Reef.

I have not space to describe my stay here, but it proved most enjoyable, and the captain's pretty Samoan

Daughters gave several "meke-mekes" (Fijian dances) in my honour, and plenty of "angona" was indulged in, and what with feasts, native games and first-class fishing inside the coral reef, the time passed all too quickly. I called on the "Buli" or village chief, with the captain. He was a boy of fifteen, and seemed a very bashful youth.

We sailed again about five a.m. on the third morning, as the storm seemed to be dying down and the captain was anxious to get on. We had not gone far, however, before the gale increased in fury until it turned into a regular hurricane. First our foresheet was carried away; this was followed by our staysail, and things began to look serious, in fact, most unpleasantly so. The captain almost seemed to lose his head, and cursed loud and long. He declared that he had been a fool to put out to sea before the storm had gone down, and the LURLINE, being an old boat, could not possibly last in such a storm, and added that we should all be drowned. This was not pleasant news, and as the cabin was already half-full of water, and we expected each moment to be our last, I remained on deck for ten weary hours, clinging like grim death to the ropes, while heavy seas dashed over me, raking the little schooner fore and aft.

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