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The island is so wealthy in rivers that it's rumoured to own one for every day of the 12 months. one other legend, that is utilized in books to any of the islands that are in any respect mountainous, is that an early traveller—perhaps Columbus—when reporting his discovery, used to be requested via his sovereign to provide an outline of the recent jewel that were additional to his diadem. The traveler crumpled a sheet of parchment in his hand and flung it directly to the desk prior to the king, with the phrases, ‘Like this, sire. ’ it's a extra apt description of Dominica than any of the opposite Antilles. After the 3rd horse had stuck up with us, we rode for a very long time encountering no one. the line unexpectedly widened right into a clearing, the place a gaggle of shingle huts lay again less than the bushes, and by way of the sting of the trail a gaggle of fellows have been status, as if they have been awaiting us. So sharp used to be the distinction in their complexion and bearing with these of the islanders, that i assumed for a second that they have been white males. yet they have been Caribs. We dismounted and walked in the direction of them, and, as we met, hats have been raised on both sides with a few solemnity. And all of us shook arms. This assembly with the final survivors of this virtually extinct race of conquerors used to be as stirring and bold in its approach as though the come upon have been with Etruscans or Hittites. We have been now in a position to see that they have been both ivory-coloured in complexion or a deep bronze, with positive aspects that have been virtually Mongolian or Esquimaux with the exception of the well-defined noses. Their instantly black hair used to be minimize throughout their foreheads in a perimeter. that they had a dignity of presence that even their hideous eu rags couldn't stifle. A tall guy within the heart, smoking a pipe and built with an tricky walking-stick, took cost folks with a diffident, nearly Manchu solemnity. This used to be George Frederick, the king or leader of the Caribs, and the elders that surrounded him have been contributors of the Carib Council. He led us up a steep course throughout the leaves to a bit eco-friendly glade in entrance of his personal shingle hut, the place we sat down less than a mango tree, and leaned our backs opposed to a half-excavated canoe. An outdated guy in a doorway used to be weaving a basket. those are striking issues, complete with nice intricacy and end. diverse colored rushes and leaves are shredded into superb strands, and woven into advanced angular styles that supply the impression of mosaic. The basket consists of 2 deep oblongs open on one facet that healthy into one another as easily because the halves of a revelation suitcase, and grip one another so tightly that no different fastening is required. The fineness of the mesh makes them thoroughly water-tight. As we watched the strands overlap within the skilful arms, a dozen coconuts got here thundering from a palm tree, and a tender Carib slid down the trunk along with his naked cutlass in his hand. The king opened them deftly, and provided us the milk, asserting that he was once sorry Mrs. Napier had no longer include us, simply because, as her leader constituent, he desired to have a significant chat approximately island affairs.