Following the Equator: A Journey around the World - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER VII

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.

F ROM DIARY:--For a day or two we have been plowing among an invisible vast wilderness of islands, catching now and then a shadowy glimpse of a member of it. There does seem to be a prodigious lot of islands this year; the map of this region is freckled and fly-specked all over with them. Their number would seem to be uncountable. We are moving among the Fijis now--two hundred and twenty-four islands and islets in the group. In front of us, to the west, the wilderness stretches toward Australia, then curves upward to New Guinea, and still up and up to Japan; behind us, to the east, the wilderness stretches sixty degrees across the wastes of the Pacific; south of us is New Zealand. Somewhere or other among these myriads Samoa is concealed, and not discoverable on the map. Still, if you wish to go there, you will have no trouble about finding it if you follow the directions given by Robert Louis Stevenson to Dr. Conan Doyle and to Mr. J. M. Barrie. "You go to America, cross the continent to San Francisco, and then it's the second turning to the left." To get the full flavor of the joke one must take a glance at the map.

Wednesday, Sept. 11. Yesterday we passed close

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  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 27
  • Chapter IV 44
  • Chapter V 56
  • Chapter VI 63
  • Chapter VII 72
  • Chapter VIII 80
  • Chapter IX 89
  • Chapter X 101
  • Chapter XI 107
  • Chapter XII 114
  • Chapter XIII 118
  • Chapter XIV 131
  • Chapter XV 137
  • Chapter XVI 143
  • Chapter XIX 167
  • Chapter XX 175
  • Chapter XXI 183
  • Chapter XXII 193
  • Chapter XXIII 203
  • Chapter XXIV 211
  • Chapter XXV 220
  • Chapter XXVI 232
  • Chapter XXVII 238
  • Chapter XXVIII 250
  • Chapter XXX 268
  • Chapter XXXI 274
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