Narrative of a Voyage to the South Seas, and the Shipwreck of the Princess of Wales Cutter: With an Account of a Two Years' Residence on an Uninhabited Island

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W. C. Featherstone, 1838 - Robinsonades - 167 pages
 

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Page 169 - ... kind. The manner in which the men are fed during this labour may also be considered some addition to the severity of the discipline. As soon as they are called from rest in the morning, they are served with a dish of porridge, composed of flour and water, and a little salt ; after which they embark in the boats and row to their several woodcutting stations, where they continue to work without any other provision until they return at night, when they are supplied with a substantial meal, the main...
Page 163 - ... at times prevails, so oppressive as to raise the mercury, for three or four hours in the middle of the day, to 90, and even 100 and 110 degrees. It is however to be remarked, that the extensive fires which frequently occur in the woods, in the height of summer, when the accidental dropping of a spark will spread the flames for miles along the hills, may be reasonably supposed to have the effect of increasing the heat of the air, especially...
Page 180 - ... 1. A division of the whole territory into counties, hundreds, and parishes is in progress. When that division shall be completed, each parish will comprise an area of about 25 miles.
Page 181 - Land : — and in case of payment not being made within the prescribed period, the Sale will be considered void, and the deposit forfeited. 6. — On payment of the money, a grant will be made in Fee-simple, to the purchaser, at the nominal quit-rent of a Pepper-cora.
Page 10 - Societies ill appreciated, and this had undoubtedly been the case with us, up to this time ; but it soon became our greatest consolation. What made this circumstance more remarkable was, that although we had a variety of other books on board, such as our navigation books, journals, log-books, &c. this was the only article of the kind that we found, nor did we discover the smallest shred of paper of any kind, except this bible ; and still equally surprising was it, that after we had carefully dried...
Page 162 - Madrid, in the mildest winter ; its summer heats are so moderated as to be not only congenial but delightful to a person who 'has lived to maturity in an English climate, and whose system has become habituated to it. However warm the middle of the day may be, it is invariably attended by a morning and evening so cool as completely to brace and restore any enervating effects that the meridian heat might have occasioned ; and while the summer heat is thus moderated^ the inclemency...
Page 55 - This proved highly valuable to us, for, by the help of a piece of iron hoop, we afterwards manufactured it into a frying pan, our other being worn so thin by continued use that it was scarcely fit to cook in. Digging further we found a broad axe, a sharpening stone, a piece of a shovel, and an auger ; also a number of iron hoops. These things were of essential service to us. We did not save any of our lances from the vessel, and we had often considerable labour to kill the large male Sea Elephants...
Page 180 - Shillings per acre. 3. — All persons proposing to purchase Lands not advertised for sale, must transmit a written application to the Governor, in a certain prescribed form, which will be delivered at the Surveyor General's Office to all persons applying, on payment of the requisite Fee of 2s.
Page 162 - L manganese, and as some say, of silver and gold have occasionally been found ; but the latter we think is not to be relied on. Petrified remains of wood, and other vegetable productions, entirely converted into silicious matter, and capable of the finest polish, are occasionally met with in different parts of the island, especially in the Macquarie district, at Allenvale, and Mr. Barker's estate, where...
Page 61 - NARRATIVE €1 immense ocean, without a hope of deliverance, lost to all human sympathy, mourned as dead by our kindred; in this invaluable book we found the herald of hope, the balm of consolation, the dispenser of peace, the soother of our sorrows, and a pilot to the harbour of eternal happiness.

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