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Twenty Years Before the Mast.

he would send for me, make me a chief over some district, and give me three of his daughters for wives.

I did not feel that I could accept the king’s offer, and so fulfilled my commission and returned to the ship.

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A FIJI BEAUTY, ONE OF TANOA’S DAUGHTERS.

King Tanoa’s canoe was a very rapid sailor. It was a single canoe, over a hundred feet long, with a very large out-rigger. About midship was built a hurricane deck, the place of honor, the king’s quarter-deck. Her crew, numbering about sixty, were nearly all Tonga men. She