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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY. NOV. 18, 1919
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The October timber of the Geo
graphic Magazine contains on in
teresting illustrated article on the
Marquesans, whom it describes as
the "vanishing people of the South
iVe Can Set Him Right
The author, John W. Church,
has evidently spent some time on
the islands and writes interest
ingly of them. Most of his readers
won't be able to check him tip ami
detect his errors but we, here in
these Islands, can set him right in
Hawaii All Over Again
There is a striking similarity in
the names of places as well as in
the physiognomy and customs of
the people, with those familiar to
us; so much so that one is on the
point of saying of some picture,
''Why, I know that man!" or
"That looks just like so and so!"
Seen Through a Halo of Romance
The writer waxes enthusiastic
over the fine physique and the
winsome attractions of the people,
representing them as the finest of
the Polynesians, superior to either
the Hawaiians or the Maories,
with much of that physical super
iority still remaining in spite of
the ravages of civilization and the
inroads of the diseases of the white
man. The illustrations which he
gives would seem to warrant his
praise save that one has a suspic
ion that, these pictures are care
fully selected, and the girls- at
any rate, are half-white, with finer
and more regular features than
the aboriginal people could fup
nisli. .4. Vanishing People
The decadence of the popula
tion in numbers as well as in
physical size and vigor is the famil
iar tale of all the Islands of the
Pacific. From a careful investi
gation Cook estimated the popu
lation at 130,000, which was pretty
well confirmed by later investiga
tions. In 1914 the census of the
French officials credited them
with only 3,004, and five years
later Church could find only 1950.
The average death rate is eight
times as great as the birth rate, so
that it will not be long before the
Marquesans, in any aboriginal
sense, will be wiped oil the map.
As the Marquesas Islands are
'in Latitude nine or ten degrees
south, they are much more tropi
cal than our own islands, with a
much softer and more debilitating
Climate, and with a larger pre
ponderance of the more luxuriant
forms of vegetation. The standard
types of vegetation however, are to
be found there just the same as
here, and the familiar names re
cur in Church's article, though
sometimes he gets them mixed evi
dently, as when he talks about the
stately ti tree from which swift
graceful canoes were fashioned,
and the kou tree, heavy as iron
wood, from which war clubs and
tappa sticks were fashioned. It
was probably kauwila that he had
in mind. It surely is a mistake to
suppose that the tapas were made
from the bark of the breadfruit, or
that the name has anything to do
with the tapping or beating of the
process of manufacture, as he
leads the reader to suppose.
Melville's Classic Story
One of the Marquesas Islands
was the scene of Melville's classic
"Typee." A runaway sailor casts
in his lot with the natives in the
sequestered little valley of Taipi,
falls in love with a most beautiful
dusky maiden, and goes through
various stirring experiences and
has various narrow escapes which
make a very charming story when
seen through the halo of romance,
but which must have been very
sordid and sensual in reality.
Taipi is now a lonely deserted
valley, with not a soul left to en
joy its natural beauty.
Various earnest etForts have
been made to Christianize and
civilize the Marquesans, begiuuing
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as far back as 1833 when three
missionary families, the Alex
anders, the Armstrongs, and the
Parkers, went down there from
these Islands and stuck it out
bravely for eight months, in con
stant fear of violence and death,
and exposed to all kinds of insult
When this was no longer endur
able, and 'they saw that nothing
was being accomplished- they es
caped by the narrowest chance on
a passing whaler.
They Take Only the Vices
Later, in response to a nielo
dramic plea made to the Hawaiian
churches, a mission was again es
tablished there and hung on for
years of a precarious and anxious
existence, but without any results
that were at all commensurate
with the cost, and the danger of
maintaining it. The French Cath
olics also made various attempts
to reduce them to that faith, but
without success. They were hard
ened and ferocious savages who
might yield in some measure to the
vices of civilization, but would
have none of its virtues.
The Charms that are not there
Both the letter press and the il
lustrationsof the article invest
them with charms and attractions
of romance for which there was
very little foundation in actual
life, according to the unvarnished
reports of those who know them
best, through long experience.
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