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young friend Mahine for valuing and so that none of the people, himself on being a member of such not even the towtows or attendants a detestable body. We endeavours of the house, were present; be. ed to point out the immorality and cause, if it were seen, the more cruelty of this practice, and made derers most be put to death. This life of every argument which our re. being the case, we may comfort flections couid furnishor our curselves with the refiection, that words express. We early succeeded criminal individuals are not more in convincing him, and obtained a numerous in the Society Ilands, promile that he w.old tot kill his than among other people ; and that children, but feparate from the fo. the votaries of vice have no reason ciety as soon as he should receive to triumph, in fuppofing a whole the glorious name of father. To nation accustomed to commit un. our great satisfaction he affured us, natural murders, without a sense of that the instances of arreoys having wrong. children were extremely rare. Ic The arreoys were no less hospiseems that they choose their wives table than luxurious, and it was and miltreffes among the 'prosti- not for want of invitation that we tutes; and from this circumitance, did not partake of their refreshas well as from their great volup- ments. We rambled in the countuousness, they have seldom reason try till sunset, and then returned to dread the intrusion of an unfor. to the thip, which Mahine, the tunate infant. The ansvers of O. woman, and the other Indian palMaï, whom I consulted on this sengers had now left. The next fubjet after my return to England, morning a great number of natives gave ine ftill greater pleasure, as came to the ship in their canoes, they foftened the tranfgrefion at among whom were many women, leait of one part, and entirely freed who remained with the fail ars. the bulk of the nation froin thai At Huahine the commerce of this fare of guilt, which the fimple ac- kind had been very ir.confiderable, quiescence in such a heinous criine and chiefly confined to women who might throw upon them. He were only on a visit to that island; 'affured me, that the invariable it was therefore resumed here with laws of the coin munity of arreoy the greatest eagerness by our crew. required the extiriction of their We pased the day on an excurfon offspring ; that the pre-eminence to the northward, where e shot and advantages which a man en- feveral wild ducks, and met with joyed as arreoy were to valuable, a hospitable reception in different as to urge him on against his own cottages. feelings ; that the mother was ne- The next was a fine day, de. ver willing to content to the horrid lightfully tempered by a strong murder, but that her husband and easterly gale. We received the o'her arreoys persuaded her to vifits of Orea and all his family, of yield up the child; and that when Boba, the viceroy of the island of entreaties were not suflicient, force O-Tabà, and of Teïna, the fair was sometimes employed. But dancing - woman, ?bove all, he added, that this act Mr. Hodges had formerly attempi. *as always performed in secret, ed to draw., Boba was a tall, 5
handsome young man, a native of have represented them, without Borabora, related to Poonee, the exception, as ready to grant the king of that illand, and conqueror. last favour to any man who will of Raietea and Tahà. Mahine has come up to their price. But this frequently told us, that he is is by no means the cale; the fadestined to be the successor of vours of married women, and also O-Poone, whose only daughter the unmarried of the better sort, Maïwherua, said to be a young are as difficult to be obtained here baautiful princess, twelve years old, as in any cther country whatever. he is to marry. Boba was at pre- Neither can the charge be under. sent an arreoy, and kept the lively stood indiscriminarely of the unTeïna as his mistress, who was married of the lower clals, for with child in consequence. We many of these admit of no such fa: entered into conversation with her miliarities. That there are proftion the custom of killing the offe tutes here, as well as in other coun: spring of an arreoy. The short tries, is very true, perhaps more in dialogue which paffed between us proportion, and such were those was couched in the most simple ex- who came on board the ships to pressions, because we had not suf- our people, and frequented the ficient knowledge of the language post we had on shore. By seeing to discourse of abstract ideas. For these mix indiscriminately with the same reason all our rhetoric those of a different turn, even of was exhausted in a few moments, the first rank, one is, at first, inand had no other effect, than to clined to think that they are all draw the following concession from disposed the same way, and that Teïna-maï : “ that our eatua (dei. the only difference is in the price. ty) in England might perhaps be But the truth is, the woman who offended by the practice of the ar- becomes a prostitute, does not seem, reoys; but that her's was 'nct dif- in their opinion, to have compleased with it. She promised, mitted a crime of so deep a dye as however, if we would come from to exclude her from the esteem and England to fetch her child, the society of the community in genemight perhaps keep it alive, pro- ral. On the whole, a stranger vided we gave her a hatcher, a who visits England might, with shirt, and some red feathers.” equal justice, draw the characters
of the women there, from those In a former volume we have given which he might meet with on
our Readers an account of the man- board the ships in one of the naval ners and customs of the natives of ports, or in the purlieus of Coventa Otaheite. As fome facts in that Garden and Drury. Lane. I muft, account appear to have been mis- however, allow that they are all reprejented, we think it necissary completely versed in the art of coto add the following extract from quetry, and that very few of them Cap.ain Cook's last Voyage. fix any bounds to their conversation.
It is, therefore, no wonder that REAT injustice has been they have obtained the character of
Gene the , libertines.
and the Society Illes, by those who
Account of a Woman in the Shire ing to her mother's report, hape
of Rois, living without Food or pened regularly every month for Drink.
About five years ago, a little From the Philosopbical Tran abiens. before which time the abovemen.
tioned periodical discharge had dilo ANET MacLeod, unmar- appeared, he had a hort, third
ried, aged thirty-three years epileptic fit, which was imme. and some months, daughter of diately succeeded by a fever of Donald Mac Leod; tenant in about a week's continuance, and Croick, in the parish of Kincar- of which the recovered so lowly dine, and thire of Ross ; in the that the had not been out of doors fifteenth year of her
till fix weeks after the cribs; pretty sharp epileptic fit: she had when; without the knowledge of till then been in perfect health, her parents or any of the family and continued so till about four (who were all busied in the harventyears thereafter, when the had a field) the itole out of the house, second fit, which laited a whole day and bound the corn of a ridge beand night ; and a few days after- fore they observed her. On that wards, she was seized with a fever fame evening the took to her bed, of several weeks continuance, from complaining much of her heart and which he had a flow and very cedi- head; and since, he has never ous recovery of several months.
risen out of it, except when lifred, During this period fhe loft the has feldom spoken a word, and natural power of her eye-lids, was has had so little craving for food, under the neceffity of keeping them that at firft it was by downright open with the fingers of one hand, compulsion her parents could get when he had any thing to do with her to take as much as would supthe other, went out, or wanted to port a fucking infant: afterwards look about her ; in every other the gradually fell off from taking respect he was in health and tole- even that small quantity : inforable spirits, only here it may be much that, at Whitsuntide 1763, fit to remark, that she never had the totally refused food and drink, the least appearance of the menfes, and her jaw became so fast locked, but periodically spit up blood in that it was with the greatet dit pretty large quantities, and at the culty her father was able with a lame cime it flowed from the nose. knife or other methods to open her This vicarious discharge, accord. teeth fo as to admit a little thin
gieel gruel or whey, and of which so fire. At this period they kept the much generally run out at the cor- jaws asụnder with a bit of wood, ners of her mouth, that they could imagining she got her speech by not be sensible that any of it had her jaws being opened, and conbeen swallowed.
tinued them thus wedged for about Much about this time, that is, twenty days, though in the first four about four years ago, they got a or five days she had wholly lost the bottle of the water from a noted power of utterance, Ac last they medicinal spring in Brea-mar, of removed the wedge, as it gave her which they endeavoured to get her uneasiness, and made her lips fore. 10 swallow a part, by pouring fome At this time she was sensible of out of a spoon berween her lips every thing done or faid about (her jaws all the white fait-locked) her; and when her eye-lids were but it all run out. With this, opened for her, the knew every however, they rubbed her throat body; and when the neighbours and jaws, and continued the trial in their visits would be bemoaning to make her swallow, rubbing her her condition, they could observe throat with the water that run out a tear stand in her eye. of her mouth for three mornings. In some of the attempts to open together. On the third morning her jaws, two of the under foreduring this operation, the cried, teeth were forced out; of which Give me more water; when all opening they often endeavoured that remained of the bottle was to avail themselves, by putting given her, which the swallowed some thin nourishing drink into with ease. These were the only her mouth; but without effe&t, words the spoke for almost a year. for it always returned by the corand she continued to mutter some ners; and, about a twelve month more (which her parents under- ago, they thought of thrusting a flood) for (welve or fourteen days, little dough of oatmeal through after which she spoke none, and this gap of the teeth, which the reje&ted, as formerly, all sorts of would retain a few seconds, and pourishment and drink, till some then return with something like time in the monih of July 1765, a straining to vomit, without one when a filter of hers thought, by particle going down : nor has the fome signs that she made, that the family been sensible, though obwanted her jaws opened; which serving, of any appearance like her father, not without violence, that of swallowing, for now four got done, by putting the handle years, excepting the small draught of a horn.spoon between her teeth. of Brea-mar water and the English She said then intelligibly, Give pint of common water; and for me a drink; and drank with ease, the last three years she had not had and all at one draught, about an any evacuation by Hool or urine, English pint of water. Her father except that, once or twice a week, then asked her why she would not she has passed a few drops of urine,' make some figns, although the as the parents express it, about as could not speak, when the wanted much as would wet the surface of a drink? She answered, why a half-penny; and even small as Thould the when she had no de- this quantity is, it gives her some
uneasiness till the voids it: for tle finger into the gap of her teeth, they know all her motions, and and found the tongue, as far as I when they fee her thus uneasy, could reach, soft and moist; as I they carry her to the door of the did with my other fingers the house, where she makes these few mouth ard cheeks quite to the drops. Nor have they, in all these back teeth. She never can remain three years, ever discovered the a moment on her back, but always smallelt wetting in her bed ; in falls to one side or to the other; proof of which, notwithstanding and when her mother íat behind her being so long bed-ridden, there · her in the bed, and supported her has never been the least excoria- while I was examining her body, tion, though the never attempts to her head hung down, with her chin turn herlelf, or make any motion close to her breait, nor could I with hand, head, or foot, but lies with any force move it backwards, like a log of wood. Her pulse to the anterior muscles of the neck day, which with some difficulty I being rigid, like a person in the felt (her mother at this time hav- emprosthotonus, and in this posture ing raised her, and supported her the constantly lies. in her bed) is distinct and regular, The above case was taken in Now, and to the extremelt degree writing this day, at the deceased small. Her countenance is clear woman's bed-side, from the mouths and pretty fresh, her features not of her father and mother, who are disfigured nor funk; her skin feels known to be people of great veracinatural both
touch and ty, and are under no temptation warmth ; and, to my astonishment, to deceive ; for they neither ak, when I came to examine her body, expect, or get any thing: their for I expected to feel a skeleton, 'I daughter's situation is a very great found her breaits round, and pro- mortification to them, and univer
: minent, like those of a healthy sally known and regretted by all young woman; her legs, arms, their neighbours. I had along and thighs, not at all emaciated; with me, as interpreters*, Mr. the abdomen somewhat tumid, and Robertson, a very discreet young the muscles tense ; her knees bent, gentleman, eldest son to the miniand her ham-trings tight as a fter of the parish, and David Ross, bow-ftring; her heels almost close at the Craig of Strath-Carren, to the nates. When they ítruggle their neighbour, and one of the with her, to put a little water with elders of the parish, who verifed in her lips, they observe sometimes from his own knowledge all that a dewy softness on her skin ; she is above related. The prelest sleeps much, and very quiet; but ftuation and appearances of the when aw.ike keeps' a constant patient were carefully examined whimpering like a new-born weak- this 2ift of O&tuber, 1767, by Ds. Jy intant, and sometimes makes an Alexander Mackenzie, physician esfort to cough. At present no ac New Tarbat ; who likewise, ia degree of strength can force open the month of O&ober, 1772, beher jaws. Irut the point of my lit- ing informed that the patient was
• The family spoke only Erse.