Oceana: Or, England and Her Colonies

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CHAPTER XIX.

Sail for America--The ' Australia'--Heavy weather--A New Zealand colonist--Easter in the Southern Hemisphere--Occupations on board --Samoa--A missionary--Parliamentary government in the Pacific Islands--A young Australian--the Sandwich Islands--Honolulu-- American influence--Bay of San Francisco.

THE ' Australia' was a ship of three thousand tons, and smartly fitted, as these Pacific steamers generally are. The 'City of Sydney' was American. The ' Australia' was English, with an English captain and English officers, the crew and attendants being principally Chinese. She was crowded to repletion. In the saloon we had a hundred and thirty passengers: colonial tourists going to Europe for the summer; wealthy families taking a sea voyage for a holiday; young married couples on their honeymoon, &c. All the idle people in Auckland must have been on the pier to see us off Deck, cabins, were thronged with the sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, who had come on board for a last leave-taking. From the tears, embraces, and exclamations, it might have seemed we were taking our departure to the other world. I heard a young lady who was sitting alone with a single companion observe, 'Isn't it lovely to have nobody to care about one, and so escape all that?'

We were going north, right up to the line. We were warned that it would be hot, and hot it proved, but under conditions more intolerable than I had before experienced. The sky was overcast. We had rain and heavy head-winds. The seas flew

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