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CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
ILLUSTRATIONS TO THE FIRST VOLUME.
Papeete—Capital, . . ■ Frontispiece.
Trilithon, Tonga, ..... 29 Opunuhu Bay, Moorea, .... 256 Lb Biademe, . . . . . .281
Map, . . . . . At the end.
The "Wa Kalou,"—i.e., "Fern of God,"—introduced on the cover of this book, is a most delicate climbing fern which overtwines tall trees and shrubs in the Pacific Isles, forming a misty veil of indescribable loveliness. When in the state of fructification, each leaf is edged with a dotted fringe of brown seed. In the Fijian Isles its beauty has gained for it the name here given; and in olden days the ridge-poles of the temples were wreathed with it, as those of chiefs' houses are to this day. It also finds favour for personal adornment, trailing garlands of this exquisite green being singularly becoming to a clear brown skin.
A LADY'S CRUISE
LETTER TO ENGLAND ANNOUNCING START FROM FIJI
Nasova, Fiji, 5th Sept. 1877.
My Dear Eisa,—I have only time for a line, to enclose a packet of seed of a lovely shrub which hears clusters of golden bells. Also to tell you that I am just starting for a cruise in a French man-ofwar, the Seignelay, commanded by Captain Aube, who is taking Monseigneur Elloi, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Samoa, a round of his diocese. Both are exceedingly pleasant, and have made themselves much liked here. The officers are a particularly gentlemanlike set. Judge of my amazement (accustomed to the rigid regulations of the English
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