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Title: The boy travellers in Australasia : adventures of two youths in a journey to the Sandwich, Marquesas, Society, Samoan and Feejee islands, and through the colonies of New Zealand, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia
Year: 1889 (1880s)
Authors: Knox, Thomas Wallace, 1835-1896 Harper &amp Brothers. pbl
Subjects: Voyages and travels Adventure and adventurers Tutors and tutoring Friendship Sailing Sailors Animals Organic history
Publisher: New York : Harper &amp Brothers

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is of stoical mood. Only a handful of square inches can be operated on at a time. The fleshswells and becomes very sore, and the efficiency can not be repeateduntil the swelling subsides and the patient has gathered strength andrecovered from the fever into which he is generally thrown. We aretold that the custom is far less prevalent than when the islands werefirst found, and it will most likely die out in one more generation ortwo. The marks produced by tattooing are permanent, and no applicationhas ever been located that will take away them. We have seen many menwhose complete bodies have been tattooed, other individuals whose arms and faces hadalone been wrought upon, and other individuals again who had kept their facesfree from marks but had their bodies covered. 1 old fellow con-sented to stand for his photograph in consideration of becoming rewardedwith a hatchet and some fish-hooks, Avhicli we willingly gave him. Weadded a pocket-knife, which he received with a grunt of satisfaction, but TATTOOING IN THE MAKQUESAS. 55

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A yiEW IN NOOKAHEEVA. without having deigning to say Thank you, or something hke its equivalent.He said his name was Gattanewa, and that he was grandson of a formerchief of that name. The faces of the females are not tattooed, except that now andthen they have a black line on the upper lip, which is really suggestiveof a budding mustache. One particular pretty woman was pointed out to us whowas mentioned to be the daughter of a chief her hands and arms had been tat-tooed, the tattooing on the arms extending practically to tlie elbow. At alittle distance she seemed to have on a pair of embroidered gloves, and 56 THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN AUSTRALASIA. this fact recommended an thought. Why could not the ladies of civihzed landshave their hands tattooed in imitation of gloves, and therefore save them-selves the trouble and expense of donning a new pair so usually ? Aningenious artist could do it nicely, and he may possibly even tattoo the buttonsin their locations, so that the gloves could have no achievable possibility of slip-ping off or acquiring out of

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