We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves.
I did not confine my lodging to it, but often reposed in thick cane-brakes, to avoid the savages, who, I believe, often visited my camp, but fortunately for me, in my absence.
Very grave ones; the natives are surrounding us in their canoes, and in a few minutes we shall certainly be attacked by many hundreds of savages.
I heard the noise of the savages, who stamped on the platform, uttering deafening cries.
The main articles sought by the savages in barter were knives; as fast as some were supplied they moved off, and others succeeded.
In an instant, a signal yell was given; it was echoed on every side, knives and war-clubs were brandished in every direction, and the savages rushed upon their marked victims.
spurned the worthless rags, and perceiving that the shawl had already become a prize to another, his bantering but sullen smile changing to a gleam of ferocity, he dashed the head of the infant against a rock, and cast its quivering remains to her very feet.
When these thoughts were over, my head was for some time taken up in considering the nature of these wretched creatures, I mean the savages
, and how it came to pass in the world that the wise Governor of all things should give up any of His creatures to such inhumanity - nay, to something so much below even brutality itself - as to devour its own kind: but as this ended in some (at that time) fruitless speculations, it occurred to me to inquire what part of the world these wretches lived in?
And then upon the jungle air there rose in unison from two savage
throats the victory cry of the bull-ape and the panther, blended into one frightful and uncanny scream.
exclaimed the savage
, every dull thought instantly recalled from heaven to earth by the question.
For what sinister purpose could this savage
enemy be protecting her from the other denizens of his cruel jungle?
This man was poor Jemmy, -- now a thin, haggard savage
, with long disordered hair, and naked, except a bit of blanket round his waist.
Scores of the savages
were vigorously plying their stone pestles in preparing masses of poee-poee, and numbers were gathering green bread-fruit and young cocoanuts in the surrounding groves; when an exceeding great multitude, with a view of encouraging the rest in their labours, stood still, and kept shouting most lustily without intermission.
eyes blazed into the direction from which the wind had borne down the warning to him and a moment later the grasses at one side of the clearing parted and Numa, the lion, strode majestically into view.
Among the precautions I used to take on the savages
landing on the island, it was my constant care to prevent them making the least discovery of there being any inhabitant upon the place: and when by any occasion they came to know it, they felt it so effectually that they that got away were scarce able to give any account of it; for we disappeared as soon as possible, nor did ever any that had seen me escape to tell any one else, except it was the three savages
in our last encounter who jumped into the boat; of whom, I mentioned, I was afraid they should go home and bring more help.