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T II K POLYNESIA N.
Among children placed under such dis
advantageous circumstances the prospects
arc not very encouraging, and their pro
gress, either in learning or morality, will
be but slow, until the wholesome influen
ces to which they are almost constantly
exposed, are gradually removed, as it is
to be hoped they will bo. On the con
trary, when the efforts of the teacher have
been judiciously supported by the con
duct and precepts of the parents, of both
sexes, the improvement h;ts been rapid,
as the children are generally quick.
Among other instances of children who
would have been left to ignorance and i occupation, and are unwilling
the bent of their own inclinations, may be j their wives and children, to seek precari
rnentioneJ one who is in charge of an es-Jous Jiving in other countries, others who
tablishment on California; another who! have been driven by want, to leave the
ing, many have returned to their native
homes, others are deceased, while the re
cent great influx of foreigners has in a
great measure obviated the necessity of
depending upon native assistants.
Among the more opulent classes they
do not witness the necessity of saving the
objects of this charity from ignorance and
misery, and seldom meeting with them,
the interest formerly raised is in a great
measure lost : on the other hand, the in
creased number of seamen who find em
ployment occasionall v, the number of
workmen, and others, who have no longer
has been master of a small schooner, one
is the principal clerk in a store ; another
quite capable of being a clerk and is well
acquainted with the art of printing, and
several who have got employment in ships,
Islands and their families, increases great
ly the number of objects of this Charity.
The success that has attended the plan
of receiving boarders deserves the atten
tion of the friends of this Charity ; it is
and left for foreign countries, and others i to be regretted that it has not been in the
about the prison of the Ki:::.j. (The j power of the-Trusters to provide more
Kitisr has now several children brintrinir! accommodations for boarders. Had the
up in the school for whom he pays.)
The trial has been
made, arm satislac-
teachers been able to have received a
greater number of boarders, several pa
rents, who were able to pay liberally to
the treasury for the tuition of their chil-
torily proved, that the children of foreign
ers, born of native mothers, may be taught
to employ, entirely, our vernacular tongue. I dren, would have sent them from abroad.
The experiment is now going on with a! Aino.jg the Islands the confidence of pa
rents has b?cn evinced, m their willing
ness and desire, to commit their children
entirely to the charge of the teachers.
few boys, who, after dwelling a short
time in the family of the teachers, give
fair promise, and it is to be hoped will fill
honorable and useful stations hereafter.
Although the more immediate care of the
morals of these boys is a great duty of
the teachers, they have lost no opportu
I'Voin lite New Yuik Mirror.
" W hat have you there, husband?'' said
nity ot inculcating the odious nature of i Mrs. Courtland to her thrifty and careful
crime, in the siirlit of (Jod. and the eyes
of all good men, nor of endeavoring to
allure their pupils to the practices of v ir
tue, and they iiope and trust that it can
be truly said of some, that their morals
arc improved, and that with many of them,
the desirableness of growing up ; to fear
a lie and speak the truth," has become
self evident, more particularly among the
elder scholars. It is hoped they will
eventually become followers of that which
is good, and be taught not to go in the
way of the wicked but to avoid and pass
by it " to turn from it and pass away."
The funds of the charity are in a more
favorable state than they have been for
the last three years. In 1807 the debt
guaranteed by the Trustees amounted to! less 'than a hundred dollars.
.$5000, bearing interest (5 per cent. This do vou think I got it for r"
it ii .i . i . ...
spouse, as the latter paused in the
door, to give souk; directions to a counlo
ol porters who had just set something up
on the pavement in front of the house.
'Just wait a moment, and I'll tell you.
Here, Henry ! John ! bring it here," and
the two porters entered with a beautiful
sofa, nearly new.
" Why, that is a beauty, husband !
How kind you are !"
" It's second-hand, you perceive ; but
it's hardly soiled no one would know
" It's just as good as new. What did
you give for it?"
" That's the best part of it. It is a
spicnctui bargain. It duln t cost a cent
debt was increased by the erection of ne
cessary buildings, with the ultimate view
of making it a boarding school ; owing to
some of the loans having become dona
tions, kind, unexpected and liberal assist
ance having been received from friend in
England and the United Slates dona
tions from residents and casual visiters,
the debt has now dwindled down to less
than $700. The houses and premises
Sixty dollars ?
" Guess again."
"No." Try again."
"Hut what did you give for it, dear
" Why, only twenty dollars!"
" Well, now, that is a bargain."
" Aint it, though ! It takes me
are clear property of the Charity, which things cheap," continued the prudent Mr
may do estimated ai 'uu ). it is in
tended to apply as much as possible, do
nations to pay oil the remaining debt,
which cancelled, the receipts will be ap
propriated to pay the current expenses
being the salary of the teachers, and ne
cessary painting and rapaiis. The prob
able amount of the whole will not exceed
Courtland, chuckling with delight.
,k hv how in the world did it go o l
I managed that. It aint every one
that understands how to do these things."
" Hut how did jou manage it, dear? I
should like to know."
Why, you see, there were a great
iJjjlUO per annum, exclusive ot expenses many other things there, and among the
tor stationary, Ctc. lo meet this we rest some dirty carpets. ' lie fore the sale,
deal of dust
nate as to have a balance remaining in ; fell from them, and made the sofa look
have the annual subscriptions and dona-, I pulled over these carpets an
tions. Should the Trustees be so fortu- them upon the sofa; a good der
their hands, it is intended to expend it in
furthering the project of receiving board
ers. It is not expected, however, the list
fifty per cent, worse than it really was.
When the sale commenced there happen
ed to be but few persons there ; and I
of annual subscribers will be augmented, j asked the auctioneer to sell the sofa first,
The state of society is now much altered, as I wanted to go, and would bid for it if
to what it was a few years since ; the
older residents were thrown more in con
tact with the natives, and had every op
portunity of witnessing, daily, and hour
ly, the necessity of an institution like this
These persons are gradually disappcar-
it were sold then. Few person bid freelv
at the opening of a sale."
" What's bid for this splendid sofa ?"
" I'll give you fifteen dollars for it,"
said I ;" it's not worth more than that,
for it's dreadfully abused."
44 Fifteen dollars ! fifteen dollars ! only
fifteen dollars for this beautiful sofa !" he
went on ; and a man next to me bid sev
enteen dollars. I let the auctioneer cry
the last bid for a few minutes, until I saw
he was likely to knock it down.
" Twenty dollars," said I, and that's as
much as I'll go for it."
"The other bidder was deceived by
this as to the real value of the sofa, for it
did look dreadfully disfigured by the dust
and dirt, and consequently the sofa was
knocked off to me.
" That was admirably done, indeed !"
said Mrs. Courtland, with a bland smile
of satisfaction at having obtained the ele
gant piece of furniture at so cheap a rate.
" And. it's so near a match, too, for the
sofa in our front parlour."
This scene occurred at the residence of
a merchant in this city, who was begin
ning to count his fifty thousands. Let us
look at the other side of the picture.
On the day previous to this sale, a wid
ow lady, with one daughter, a beautiful
and interesting girl about seventeen, were
seated on a sofa in a neatly-furnished par
lour in Hudson street. The mother held
in tier hand a small piece ot paper, on
which her eyes were intently fixed ; but
it could readily be perceived that she saw
not the characters that were written upon
" What is to be done, ma r" at length
asked the daughter. . ,
" Indeed, mv child. I cannot tell. The
bill is fifty dollars, and has been due, you
know, for several days. I havn't got five
dollars, and your bill for teaching the
Miss Leonards cannot be presented for
two weeks, and then it will not amount
to this sum."
"Can't we sell something more, ma r"
suggested the daughter.
" We have sold all our plate and jew
elry, and 1 am sure I don't know what we
can dispose of, unless it be something
that we really want."
" What do you say to selling the sofa,
ma ? "
"Well, I don't know, Florence. It
don't seem right to part with it. But,
perhaps we can do without it."
" It will readily bring fifty dollars, I
" Certainly. It is of the best wood and
workmanship, and cost one hundred and
forty dollars. Your father bought.it a
short time before he died, and that is less
than two years past, you know."
" I should think it would bring nearly
a hundred dollars," said Florence, who
knew nothing of auction sacrifices ; "' and
that would give us enough, besides pay
ing the quarter's rent, to keep us com-!
j'brlably until some of my bills come due." '
That af ternoon the sofa was sent, and !
on the next afternoon Florence went to:
the auctioneer's to receive the money for!
it. 3 I
"Have you sold that sofa yet, sir?"!
asked the timid girl, in a low, liesitutiii-;
voice. B ;
'What sofa, miss f" asked the clerk,!
looking steadily in her face, with a bold
The sofa sent by Mrs. , sir ?"
" When was it to have been sold j"
"Oli, we haven't got the bill made out
yet. You can call day after to-morrow
and we'll settle it for you." '
" Can't you settle it to-day, sir ? We
want the money particularly."
Without replying to the timid girl's re
quest, the clerk commenced throwing over
the leav es of a large account-book, and in
a few minutes had taken off the bill of
" Here it is eighteen dollars and sixty i
cents. See if it's right, mul tl... i
"Aint you mistaken, sir? It was a
beautiful sofa, and cost one hundred and
" That's all it brought, miss, I assui
you. Furniture sells very badly now
Florence rolled up the bills that we
given her, and returned home with
" It only brought eighteen dollars a
sixty cents, ma," she said, throwiniMK
notes into her mother's lap, and burstirt
" Heaven only knows, then, what
shall do." said the widow, clasping h
hands together, and looking upwards, li
There are always two parties in tli
case of bargains ; the gainer and the lose
And while the one is delighted with thi
advantage he has obtained, he thinli
nothing of the necessities which hai(
forced the other party to accept the higlj
est oiler. Hut few buyers of bargair
think or care about taking this view
THE POLYNESIAN 1
SATUUDA V, APRIL 10, 1311.
We have written much from time to timt
i r-. Iiwllis. i . X " .ft.- ll'lt.l .1 1 - tlw!.. ... -1
to forward us communications, on topics ri
1'itiiw 1 1 ! it i 1 1 1 'i t I tr tit pi...
tiwn and preservation in our columns, an
with tolerable success. JNlucb that isiiseji
and interesting, (thanks to the writers) h;
found its wav to our journal, and more i
promised: still it boars but a small propnl
tion to the amount of information scatter
about in notes, journals, and more in tl
memories ol the tk dramatis pcrsonaer " theni
Helved, wh have figured in scenes which
but plai.ily told, would prove enleitainiij
hue few events happen in other parts
the world but find iheir way quickly into sonij
public journal, it. is quite the reverse her
Polynesia is to a gre at extent yet a nj
field, and the best known portions are j
rapidly changing their moral and political
features, that it requires a frequent and dill
gent correspondence to keep pace with ti
changes. One tribe after another is castii
aside the shackles of heathenism, and till
deeds and customs of the past are fast liu:
tcning to oblivion. The few that are m
cued, but stimulate the thirst for more, ar,
how is this thirst to be quenched? Tlml
arc but few, whom business or neccsjis
leads to spend any portion of their existenci
amid the wild and lawless natives oi the in
morons groups that are 'sprinkled so thick!
over this ocean, but what note much that if
both cuiious and interesting. Let such con
mit what they see at once to paper, and i
the trouble is not repaid by any (ecuniun'
profit, still the honor and satisfaction of'liav
ing added their mites to the stock of "enrra
knowledge, would bo ample recompense i
an liberal mmds. 'I he public abroad loo1
to a paper like this for accounts of all tlin
transpires in, this interesting nuaitcr of th
globe. They want not second hand iir4
f the political changes of the old worM
ilisiieil and hashed up anew, with stale cm
ments, returned to them, but records ol'tln
peop.e s language, customs, population etc
the tribe's political ehunges, in fine, all tk'
is curious and worthy of preservation, in tb
novel scenes amid which we live. Tla!
more is expected from us in these particular
than we can personally fulfil, is undeniable
Remaining a sort of fixture in one town
can hut employ our ears and eyes in tiling
about us, wherewith the public may be cdi
hi'd. For other parts we must necessarily
he dependant to a great extent upon th
who wish wvll to our undertaking so aiu
we say, employ your pens let us nut fail
for want ofa sufficient capital in original.'
Antiquities and a-jricnltuu;; hards and bar
barism; cabals, cacoc thes; domains and dis
sertations, and so on ad infinitum, are all
excellent subjects. J.ike the thirsty hoi
leechecrygive! give! give!
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