Camping Among Cannibals
Excerpt from Camping Among Cannibals By the skipper I was introduced to the agent, and by him to a dozen or so of other nautical gentlemen, one of whom, a young man, was, I learned, to aecom pany us, being somehow interested in a part of the cargo. Him I have found a most pleasant companion. Two bare little rooms formed the agent's offices, upon whose wooden walls hung great charts represent ing very large spaces of water dotted here and there with minute specks, which, on their part, stood for the Islands. But the branches of beautiful coral and strange brightly-coloured shells on the safe and mantelpiece, and the richly-carved canoe-paddle pushed away in a corner behind a dusty file of old bills, were most suggestive of the interesting places to which they traded. Here I took my berth, and found myself, to my surprise, to be a person of some importance as the passenger, for I am the only one; and here I returned after making some purchases in the town of necessaries for the voyage, as nothing was provided in the way of cabin furniture but a mattress, of which, indeed, they spoke with some complacency, but which, after I had endured for two nights its intolerable smell and dirt, I besought the skipper to have thrust below. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.