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''OPENING UP" THE PACIFIC ISLANDS.

Touching Amerloan lnflaenoe in Samo*i a story Is told which will serve to illustrate the manner In wbioh the free and Independent oltfzjna of the greet Republic aeaarfc tholr freedom and awe the simple a^viige. In the Sooth eeaa, before King Kauehamsba ■ dame to the throne, there reigned i potentate of much joviality. He lined white mea and adorsd navy rom t One day tho barque Columbia, Captain Oyboeb, ooramander, put In to water. Tha potentate msde off to the veißel, and waa reoalved with das oeremony. The rum was produced, and the utmost harmony reigned. Fortbrce weeks did thlaj friendship last, nniil the king began to abow aymptoms of filling power*. Oa the last night of the Columbia's itay the savage warrior requaated, throagh the medium of the interpreter, who In ordinary life waa a harpooner, to be allowed to give his white friends some proof of Mj friendship. His white friends— also for poor humanity I—were somewhat flown with wine, and Sfarbaak, the second mate, hid a fine sense of hamor as ever distinguished a Nantucketer. (i Look byar, old man " said he, tc JL'm a bine blooded Yankee, I em, sir; and when I return to my country am golDg to tun for P/rejldent, Now* sir, we v re Demo •cratlo over there," jerking his hand over the wldo paolfio," "and If I ooald tell 'em that I had once kicked a king, b» goleu, tbey e!eot mo straight." The monarch stared, took another tot of grog, and fiaally consented. He was placed In the attitude of a boy who la about to give another aback at leap frog, and Starbuok, retiring a fewpaoes, took a ru^ lifted hla leg, and the king nearly otove In the cabin door with bis head. He didn't stem to like It much, but he took another tot of mm, and eat down. Aa he did bo Me Flkok, the first mate, rose. 'Gentlemen," B»ld he, drawing himself to his fall height of six feet four laohep, " I was born in Boston, Msasachusetta— the old J Bay State, gentlenaea— and do yon thlrk that I am going to have my chance In life spoilt by a Nsntucketer ? No, by thunder t Monarch, down you go." This time th> cabin door gave way, and the sovereign of the South Sdfts tegan to get angry < Anger waa but of piuoe, however. Captain &ybosh uncoiled himaelf from the looker like an eel when it stands on its tall.. (( Stop this fooltn'," he aaid. ''I'm oiptaln of thia ship, and by — — " (here be swora an oath whloh we need not trouble onr--1 selves to repeat) — '* no man shuts his jaok knife on me t Your Majaaty, I'll tronbla | you ?" Need we prolong the tale t We think not. Bat the man who told it m odded that, after he had sunk the last 'of the parauing canoes, Oaptain Kybqali'. called the orew into his oabla, and told them that they needn't mention to everybody how Amoriaan enterprise was "open* log up '' the Islands of the Pacific,

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''OPENING UP" THE PACIFIC ISLANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2196, 10 August 1889

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''OPENING UP" THE PACIFIC ISLANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2196, 10 August 1889

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