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The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. 17   By: (1850-1894)

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The following typographical errors have been corrected:

In page 58 "He was was an alien, he was supported by the guns of alien warships,..." 'was was' corrected to 'was'.

In page 226 "I liked the end of that yarn no better than the begining." 'begining' amended to 'beginning'.

THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

SWANSTON EDITION VOLUME XVII

Of this SWANSTON EDITION in Twenty five Volumes of the Works of ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Two Thousand and Sixty Copies have been printed, of which only Two Thousand Copies are for sale.

This is No. ..........

[Illustration: SKETCH MAP OF THE BEACH OF FALESÁ AND NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY]

THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

VOLUME SEVENTEEN

LONDON: PUBLISHED BY CHATTO AND WINDUS: IN ASSOCIATION WITH CASSELL AND COMPANY LIMITED: WILLIAM HEINEMANN: AND LONGMANS GREEN AND COMPANY MDCCCCXII

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CONTENTS

A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY

EIGHT YEARS OF TROUBLE IN SAMOA

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE ELEMENTS OF DISCORD: NATIVE 5

II. THE ELEMENTS OF DISCORD: FOREIGN 15

III. THE SORROWS OF LAUPEPA (1883 to September 1887) 27

IV. BRANDEIS ( September 1887 to August 1888) 53

V. THE BATTLE OF MATAUTU ( September 1888) 70

VI. LAST EXPLOITS OF BECKER ( September November 1888) 83

VII. THE SAMOAN CAMPS ( November 1888) 103

VIII. AFFAIRS OF LAULII AND FANGALII ( November December 1888) 112

IX. "FUROR CONSULARIS" ( December 1888 to March 1889) 128

X. THE HURRICANE ( March 1889) 142

XI. LAUPEPA AND MATAAFA (1889 1892) 156

ISLAND NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS

The Beach of Falesá:

I. A SOUTH SEA BRIDAL 193

II. THE BAN 206

III. THE MISSIONARY 228

IV. DEVIL WORK 240

V. NIGHT IN THE BUSH 258

THE BOTTLE IMP 275

THE ISLE OF VOICES 311

A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY

EIGHT YEARS OF TROUBLE IN SAMOA

PREFACE

An affair which might be deemed worthy of a note of a few lines in any general history has been here expanded to the size of a volume or large pamphlet. The smallness of the scale, and the singularity of the manners and events and many of the characters, considered, it is hoped that, in spite of its outlandish subject, the sketch may find readers. It has been a task of difficulty. Speed was essential, or it might come too late to be of any service to a distracted country. Truth, in the midst of conflicting rumours and in the dearth of printed material, was often hard to ascertain, and since most of those engaged were of my personal acquaintance, it was often more than delicate to express. I must certainly have erred often and much; it is not for want of trouble taken nor of an impartial temper. And if my plain speaking shall cost me any of the friends that I still count, I shall be sorry, but I need not be ashamed.

In one particular the spelling of Samoan words has been altered; and the characteristic nasal n of the language written throughout ng instead of g . Thus I put Pango Pango, instead of Pago Pago; the sound being that of soft ng in English, as in singer , not as in finger .

R.L.S.

VAILIMA, UPOLU, SAMOA.

EIGHT YEARS OF TROUBLE IN SAMOA

CHAPTER I

THE ELEMENTS OF DISCORD: NATIVE

The story I have to tell is still going on as I write; the characters are alive and active; it is a piece of contemporary history in the most exact sense... Continue reading book >>


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