White Shadows in the South Seas

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The coral atolls of the
South Pacific .... for
happy centuries the
last remnant of an 
earthly paradise ....

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Islets "fresh from the
  touch of God" ....

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Memories that lingered 
from the Morning of 
   Creation ....

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But the white man, in his 
greedy trek across the
planet, cast his withering 
shadow over these islands
.... and the business of
"civilizing" them to his
 interests began ....

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Today - - the results 
 of "civilization".

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"Mr. Sebastian - -"

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"Makia is outside - -
he has a big pearl to
        sell."

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"I'll give you three 
dollars for it ... dam'
      good pay!"

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"Yes, Makia, you'll always 
   find me a fair and 
   generous trader -"

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"Catch me a bigger pearl 
next time, and I'll give 
  you an alarm clock!"

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A derelict of the 
 Seven Seas ....

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"I was sure it wasn't in 
your heart to - - refuse 
      me a drink!"

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"You ought to be ashamed 
of yourself, Doc - you're
a disgrace to the white
        race - -"

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"When I see what my race
has done to these natives
here, I am ashamed - -
ashamed of being white!"

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"Just what do you mean 
       by that?"

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"What has the mighty 
white race done to
these people - except
cheat, rob, and exploit 
      them - ?"

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"You've wrecked their
bodies diving for your
pearls .... given them
your diseases ... doomed
them to extermination!"

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Bursting veins .... caused
   by sudden change of 
        pressure!

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  The peril of the ocean 
bed ... giant, jagged-edged
           clams!

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.... and Devils of the Deep ...
  huge .... slimy .... deadly!

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Collapsing lungs ....
 another toll of the
  mighty pressure.

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"See! Old Naku and
his son Kata ... another
example of your pretty 
        work!"

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"Get back to work --
all of you - - what 
am I paying you for?"

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"Keep out of this, you 
big-mouthed native
coddler - - these
islanders are working 
      for me!"

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"Don't you see? The poor
fellow's lungs collapsed -
     diving for you!"

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  "Savvy this! From now
   on these islands are
    goin' to be mighty
unhealthy for you .... so
        blow -"

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.... the ordeal lasted
far into the night ....

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    "My son is dead? Now
   no more sons have I ....
all .... all are dead .... the
          same way!"

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"Civilization! - God - !"

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 A strange ship - -
and something strange
   the matter - -

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"Shipload of sick men,
Doc - measles picked
 up in Shantung -"

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"The Doc's gone on
out. He didn't ask 
  no questions."

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"Here's your pearl ....
  and don't you ask 
    no questions!"

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"This is bubonic plague ...
not measles! You'll have 
   to burn the boat!"

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"Sure .... everyone dead!
Ain't that funny? But
we ain't goin' to burn 
       no boat!"

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Days in .... days out ....
days of sun and slimy 
calm .... days of hot and
     savage wind ....

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.... and then the night belt
of the endless Pacific ....
   toward the uncharted 
  bottom of the world ....
        TYPHOON!

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 White flesh! Never 
before had anything so 
strange been seen -

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Lomi-lomi - "cocoanut oil
pressed by the fingers and
  drawn out by the sun"
 - the secret and sacred
 massage of Polynesia - -

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"The white god must lie
still .... soon Fayaway will
 take away all the ache 
  from his bones ...."

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Great events in all climes
are celebrated by feasting ...
and when a god visits man,
sea and earth must give of
their choicest foods ....

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Every finger and every 
hand were busied now ...

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    A toothsome hors
d'oeuvre .... baby octopi
        salad ....

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Spinach a la Polynesia ....

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Breadfruit .... the staff 
 of South Sea life ....

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Now man's friend, fire,
  was conjured ....

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A pit of red-hot stones
was banked with plantain
      leaves ....

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While the sun climbed 
down from the sky and 
sank into the sea, the
 great feast cooked.

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Bivalve .... crustacean ....
plantain .... pomelo ....
carp .... crawfish .... crab ....
baked happily together ...

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  The feasters were 
summoned .... the tribe
of Mehevi came forth
in smiling homage to
    the god ....

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  The Dancer of Ceremonious
Welcome .... official Starter
         of Feasts.

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His name was
Kekelafaufaupaopao - -
"Man with Legs Like
Exploding Eggs".

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"Fayaway is tapau ....
the virgin bride of 
 the temple ...."

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"Not even a god may
look at her with eyes
of love .... until the
  tapau is lifted!"

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"Can you not see that
grief is deep in my 
heart .... that I did not 
        know?"

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"It is forgiven!"

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Nights filled with flower 
scents .... days warmed by
the sun .... and the world-
  worn soul of Matthew 
  Lloyd grew new again.

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Romance .... Love .... they
  seemed to be everywhere
   on this island Mother
     Earth forgot ....

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"It is our flower of
 love, white god -"

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"There is calamity! The
signal speaks ... the sea
       has killed!"

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"My brother .... the only
     man-child of my
father .... will laugh no
          more?"

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"White god .... you have
given life back to my 
son. You may look with 
eyes of love upon my
      daughter."

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"- the temple tapau
     is lifted!"

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So Matthew Lloyd, in their
simple tongue, became Matta
Loa .... a chieftain worthy
of the temple's bride, and
each dusk closed a day in
       Paradise ....

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"These shells are pretty ...
   what do you do with 
          them?"

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"From them, oh Matta
Loa, are fish hooks 
       made."

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Pearls! He was only a
white man, after all -
no god - and the instinct
of his ruthless race was
     his - Greed!

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So across the sun of 
this Paradise crept
 the first White
   Shadow ....

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"The breadfruit is sweet 
tonight, daughter ....
  come and eat ...."

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"Nay, father .... I seek
      Matta Loa ...."

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"These many days he 
has acted strangely ....
secretly he paddles 
the lagoon ... diving for
       pearls."

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"He fashions no fish-hooks
from shells .... he finds
   them to throw them 
        away ...."

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  "What does my Matta 
Loa think of .... that his
   eyes are troubled?"

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"Why does Matta Loa
no longer make with
his lips ... the sound of
     the birds?"

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Yet he was only a white
man - - no god - -
He held in his palm the
world and its kisses .... so
what mattered Paradise?

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"Ships! Ships! Where are 
you? I have pearls - -
pearls for the world!"

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"Matta Loa makes the
fire so that his gods may 
see .... and take him 
        away?"

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"Forgive Matta Loa ....
his gods have put bad
thoughts in his head ...."

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"My heart .... many hearts
are sad .... does Matta
  Loa no longer love
       Fayaway?"

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"Matta Loa will always 
love Fayaway .... he has 
been mad .... but is mad 
     no longer - -"

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"Stay away, you ships ....
stay in your cursed 
world .... leave us in 
        peace!"

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So the White Shadow 
passed .... or so it 
    seemed ....

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.... but White Shadows
    never pass ....

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"Mehevi .... Mehevi ...."

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"Go forth and see -"

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  "Stay back! This is an 
evil boat ... it will bring 
         you woe!"

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"There's the mountain 
we seen the fire on 
    last night."

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  "You are many Matta 
Loas .... our chief loves
white gods .... he will
     welcome you!"

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"Lower the boats - -
I've just seen something!"

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"Me give you nice tick-
tock ... you give me little 
     oyster bead?"

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"Don't let them land ....
if you want to stay 
       happy!"

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"But they are all Matta 
Loas .... white gods like 
         you!"

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"You don't understand ....
many white gods are bad!"

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"Well, if it ain't the 
 ghost of gabby old 
     Doc Lloyd!"

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"No ghost, Sebastian -
  but a man who has 
     found life!"

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  "Life with the natives,
eh? .... Doc Lloyd .... the
     natives' friend!"

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"For God's sake, go away,
Sebastian .... these people
are like birds .... like
      flowers ...."

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".... they are like man 
was before he lost the 
 Garden of Eden ...."

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"You give me the cramps, 
Doc .... always did .... and
      always will!"

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"You've spread enough 
horror .... you're going 
to leave this one place 
      untouched!"

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"I'm opening a store here 
tomorrow .... then we'll 
start a little pearl-diving 
        party!"

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"You'll open no store!"

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"Don't you know they've 
  never heard a gun?
Why didn't you knife 
      the fool?"

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"We welcomed them with 
our hearts .... they have 
    given us death."

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"See that cocoanut 
grove? We'll put our 
   store there!"

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White Shadows ....
   White Shadows ....

The End

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