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nine wounded men, being taken. All these, in despite of whatever could te urged against it by the English, were soon dira patched by the victors : the head of one of them, who was a Rupack, was carried to Pelew, and fixed up in triumph, before the King's house, on a bamboo. The victors paraded along the Coaft, blowing their conch-Thells for some time, and then left it, and returned home, where great rejoicings were made for the victory.
Thomas Rose, the Malay, who belonged to our people, staid behind the rest at the request of Abba Thuile; but on the 22d, he also returned, with a large present of yams and molaíles, and was directed to acquaint Capt. W. that the King had been prevented from returning him thanks for the services his men bad done him in the late engagement, by the great number of those who had come from other islands to congratulate bim on his victory, and wha could not be prevented from going with him, were he to pass over to Oroolong while they were at Pelew; and the number of them was so great, that he feared they would not only incommode the English in the works which they were carrying on, but would alto be more than the island would supply with fresh water.
We cannot help remarking that there appears to be a degree of consideration, and what is more, of delicacy, in the conduct of Abba Thuile, which we could not expect to find in an unlettered Indian; and which is not, indeed, always to be met with amongst the moft civilized nations. In the midst of bis care not to distress his friends the English, by bringing with him a crowd of people to visit them, whose curiofity would impede a work on which he knew the strangers were intent, his delicacy was alarmed lett chey Thould impute the tardiness of his acknowlegernents to his forgetfulness of those obligations which he felt himself under.
On the 28th, in the evening, Raa Kook arrived at Oroolong with an application for fifteen men, and one of the swivel guns, to go on a third expedition against Artingall, as the two former had not produced in the people of that island those marks of submiffion which he now seemed bent on exacting from them; and we are almoft sorry to say that, after requiring an explanation of some matters which had lately happened, not quite to the satisfaction of the English, Capt. W. and his officers con, sented to send the swivel, and ten men.
After supper, the General informed Mr. Sharp (the Surgeon) that his son had been wounded in the foot by a spear, in the last battle; that the point of the spear, which was barbed, was broken off, and left in the wound, and could not be extracted by them; and he requested him to go to Pelew, and extract in. Mr. Sharp told him he could not go then, as three of their best men were ill; but as the part was very much infamed and swelled, be directed bim to use fomentation, to abate Q 2
those symptoms; and he would see him as soon as possible. About noon, the next day, Raa Kook embarked for Pelew, with the swivel and ten men.
On the 2d of O&ober, the three men being much better, Capt. W. desired the Surgeon to take his instruments, and go in the jolly-boat to Pelew, and see if he could be of any service to Raa Kook's son. When he arrived at that place, he found the people returned from Artingall, who informed him that the battle had been more obftinate and bloody than either of the two former, and that much execution had been done by means of the swivel, which they had contrived to fix in a canoe ; but the joy that attended this victory had been greatly lessened by the death of Raa Kook's son, and another Chief. The foot of the former having been greatly reduced by the fomentation, they had been able to force the point of the spear through the bottom of the foot, and by that mode bad extracted it; and the young man finding himself able to ftand, and to throw a spear, though he could not walk, would not be prevailed on to refrain from going in the expedition against Artingall, where he was killed by a spear.
Though Mr. Sharp told Raa Kook, as soon as he saw him, the purport of his journey to Pelew, the latter took no notice of his son's death, but led him to the place where the King and Rupacks were fitting with the English; but after they had iaken some refrelment, he came up to him and the boatswain, who was always a great favourite of his, and desired them to follow him. He led them to the sea-shore, and they found there a Jarge canoe, in which they embarked, with the General and twenty-one other Rupacks; and foon found that they directed their course toward the small island which lies between Pelew and Oroolong. On landing there, he took them a little way up the country, to a place where there was a square pavement, in. closed by four or five houses, seemingly uninhabited; as no people were seen moving about, and the grass was growing beiween the stones of the pavement. After they had leated themselves, Raa Kook dispatched one of his attendants on a message, who was absent near an hour; during which time, all the natives remained very grave and filcnt; and Mr. Sharp and the boat(wain were, as yet, totally ignorant of the purport of their in. vitation to the place. When the messenger returned, they all arole, and the General conducted them to a town, which was about half a mile diftant from the place where they had waited. Here they arrived at another square pavement inclosed with houses, where many people were fitting, who all arose very respectfully, when the General and his company appeared. Ia the middle of the square, were great quantities of yams and cocoanurs, in piles, with sweet drink and therbet; and as soon as she G:
neral and his friends were seated, the attendants began to serve out the provisioos, first to him and his companions, and afterwards to those round about. But our people observed that, contrary to the custom at all other enterrainments which they had seen, the nuts were all old : however, they took away the old ones which had been set before the two Englishmen, and put young nuts in their places. During this repast, the most profound filence was observed ; and when it was nearly ended, there was heard, at some distance, the lamentation of women. Raa Kook touched Mr. Sharp on the sleeve, without speaking, and made signs that he and the boatswain should go and see what it was that occafioned this distress. They arose and went directly 10ward the part whence these sounds of sorrow seemed to proceed; and soon saww a great number of women following a dead body, which was tied up in a mat, and laid on a kind of bier, formed of bamboos, and carried on the shoulders of four men; and no other males were attending. Mr. Sharp was now ratiffied that this must be the funeral of Raa Kook's son, but could not conceive why it had been conducted fo filently, and why not a word or hint of the matter had been imparted to them. They arrived at the place of burial just as they were ready to lay the body in the grave which had been prepared for it. The corpse was depofited without any ceremony, and the men who had carried it began, immediately, to throw the earth her it, and fill up the grave, with their hands and feet, whilst the women knelt down, and, with loud cries, seemed as if they would tear it up again, and as if resolved not to be separated from the beloved object which death had snatched from them. A heavy shower, which just then bappened, drove our countrymen, together with some of the natives, away to the first shelter they could obtain ; and after it cleared up, they returned to Raa Kook and the Rupacks, who they found had also taken theller in an adjoining house.
The weather turning out tempestuous, they did not return to Pelew that night, but lay where they were; and next morning, before they set out, Raa Kook took Mr. Sharp and the boatswain to a house in the neighbourhood of the place where his son had been interred the preceding evening. There was only one old woman in the houle; who, on receiving some order from the General, went out, and returned with two old cocoa-nuts, a bundle of betle-nut with the leaves, and some red ochre. He took up one of the cocoa-nuts, and crossing it transversely with the ochre, placed it on the ground by his fide; and after fitting pensive awhile, he repeated some words, which, by his geltures, our people took to be a prayer, and then did she same by the other cocoa-nut. He afterward crofled the bundle of berle.nul, and then fitting pensively over it, he
called the old woman, delivered it and the cocoa-nuts to her, with directions; and Mr. Sharp observed the carried them toward the place where the young man was buried; but notwithftanding their curiofily was very strong to have seen the end of this ceremony, their respect for the General's forrow, and the fear of giving him offence, restrained them from gratifying it by following her. They foon after returned to Pelew, and thence to Oroolong; the General accompanying them thither.
On the 8th of O&tober, Capt. W. set out with Raa Kook on a vifit to Abba Thulle. When they arrived at Pelew, they found he was gone to another illand, called Emungs, which is very large, and lies about ten or twelve leagues to the northward of Pelew; but he had left his eldest son to entertain them, and conduct them to him. Our people supposed this island to be subject to another Rupack, from several circumstances; and yet there were some reasons for concluding that he was not of equal sank with Abba Thulle. Here was great feasting, with entertainments of singing and dancing; and Capt. W. was loaded with presents, which he had reason to suppose they esteemed costly. On the 12th, they returned to Pelew, where they arrived about 10 o'clock in the evening. Next morning Abba Thulle made a fourth request to the Captain for his men to go once more to battle with him, to which he consented, on condition that he found them ail well on his return to Oroolong ; for which place he fet out with Raa Kook that morning, and arrived about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. On the 16th, a canoe arrived at Oroolong to inform Raa Kork that the people of Ar. tingall, tired of war, had lent ambassadors to sue for peace. Abba Thulle himself arrived on the 17th with eight or nine 'women, and many attendants, all of whom teftified great surprise at the works wbich they saw carrying on. The King with This retinue left shem on the 21 it, but not without reminding Capt. W. of bis promise of fending him the men and arms.
On the 27th, he returned with Raa Kook for the men; and our people now learned that the expedition they were going on was against Pelelew, an island which lies to the southward of Pelew and Oroolong. On the 31st fome of the English returned, and the rest foon after, and informed Capt. W. there had been no battle, the Pelelew people having asked for peace. The King of Pelelew returned with Abba Thulle, and both paid a visit to ihe English at Oroolong.
The veitel benng now almost completed, Abba Thulle requested that Capt. W. would not leave the island without acquainting him, because he withed to send two men with him to England; they made but a thort stay, and returned to Pelew.
On the gth of November, about 7 in the morning, they fuccessfully launched their new veilcl, which, at the requeft of
Abba Thulle, who was present, with his brothers, on the occa. fion, they called the roolong, after the island on which it was built. On the 10 h Abba Înulle sent to request Capt. W.'s attendance at the watering place, on the other lide of the ifland; and being arrived, he told the Captain that it was his intention to confer on him the honour of a Rupack of the first rank; and having received the Captain's acknowlegements for this intended honour, the King and all the Rupacks retired under the shade of some large trees, and Capt. W, was requested to fit down at a little distance: then Raa Kook receiving a hoop made of the bone of some animal, and which is the badge of the order, from the King, put it on Cape. Wilson's arm. But before he did this, he was very particular in determining which hand Capt. W. chiefly used, and when he had done fo, he raped the inside of the hoop away, until, by the allistance of several of the Rupacks, he could just force it over the Captain's hand and wrift. During all this time, a most profound filence was observed, both by the Rupacks who assisted in the ceremony, and the people who attended as spectators; but Abba Thulle did not refrain from fpeaking, but frequently suggefted in what manner they might facilitate the operation of palling the bone over the hand. After it was effected, Abba Thulle addressed the Captain with great solemnity, and cold him, That the bone must be rubbed bright every day, and carefully preserved as a testimony of the rank which he held among them ; that this mark of dignity must, on every occasion, be defended valiantly, nor be suffered to be torn from his arm but with the loss of his life. The ceremony being ended, all the Rupacks congratulated Capt. W. on being admitted into their order, and the people paid their respects to him.--And why, ye who may be supposed to know the value by being in poffefsion of it, should not the Order of the Bone be as honourable as that of the Gar. ter?
In the evening, they put all the tents and other stores on board from the Cove; which being done, they failed out of the harbour, and anchored off the well of fresh water which was on the other side of the island. Raa Kook and Arra Kooker went round with them, but the King chose to walk across the island. As soon as they had anchored, Capt. W. went on thore to the King, who now introduced to him his second son, by name Lee Boo, a youth of about seventeen or eighteen years of age, whom he wished to send to England with him; and, as he expressed it, that he might be made an Englishman, and be, by that means, enabled to benefit his country on his return. The aca count here given of this young man, and of his bebaviour while he lived, is a pleasing one indeed! We are sorry to add, that he died of the small pox, about five months after he arrived in Enga land,