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But it was not the fashion to speak or to feel after such a cosmopolitan style, and the eighteenth-century wanderer was inexorably constrained to sing his wanderings in a minor key. At that time, other engagements being cleared away, and much talk about British New Guinea being in the air, after its recent transfer to Australian government under the title of "The Territory of Papua," I somehow found myself saying good-bye to friends who evidently regarded the occasion as the next thing to a funeral on board an A. He might—no doubt he frequently did—enjoy himself extremely, and much prefer foreign countries to his native land. Such a sensational incident was bound to attract attention to the colony, and it did. All over the world flashed the startling news that the "Governor of British New Guinea" had committed suicide—had shot himself dead in front of Government House, at the foot of the flagstaff that carried his country's flag. The scenery was said to be very fine, and the bird and insect life wonderful. Like the other ignorant persons, I went to a library and began to read up New Guinea. Our share looked very small till one began to compare it scale for scale with European countries, and it then appeared, amazingly enough, to be twice as big as England.Title: The New New Guinea Author: Beatrice Grimshaw * A Project Gutenberg of Australia e Book * e Book No.: 1501051Language: English Date first posted: October 2015 Most recent update: October 2015 This e Book was produced by: Colin Choat Project Gutenberg of Australia e Books are created from printed editions which are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright notice is included. Nobody went to the lands of monsoons and man-eaters for pleasure, and only the most amazing discoveries or the biggest possible fortunes could compensate anyone for the hardships that must of necessity be faced.
For the rest, the books told of cannibals and crocodiles, fevers and snakes and swamps, unexplored rivers, unknown mountains. of the Chief Judicial Officer, who was temporarily in charge of the country. What really drew my attention to New Guinea as a place where people did go and did live was (paradoxically enough) a death—the suicide in 1904.—A two days' man-hunt—Where the money is made CHAPTER VIII Sud-Est and its Queen—Historic jewels of Papua—Two brave Mrs. It seems that there is a famine of theatres, music-halls, and races in the hot countries; that you have to do your shopping by steamer, and only get your newspapers at intervals. All the same, the passengers are quite evidently "going back to Dixie," and not sorry to go. And we stop to take up cargo or passengers, to bring all the latest news and mails, and to give the people a change (strange reversal of the eager rush for news and diversion from ship to shore, in the busy ports of the Old World! And each of the towns is the rising town of Queensland, though all look like one another.Crusoes—A new voyage of Maeldune—Unchaperoned Sim-Sim—The Island of Silence—Too good to be true—The curious Trobriands—Catching fish with kites—A ghastly locket—The gentle art of poisoning—Strange fruits—The pearls in the dust heap—Back to Port Moresby APPENDIX How to reach Papua Health Conditions 00. Murray, in the uniform of the New South Wales forces serving in South Africa 01. The way to see Queensland—if you are not going to see it—is to travel up the coast on an A. But at Rockhampton, if my memory does not lie (perhaps it does—I was not seeing Queensland), the first of the palms is met with, a mere handful of dusty and unhappy feather-brooms: still, a landmark of importance.