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T. De Witt Talmage :  Ocean Waves, 1896.

Talmage, T. De Witt:
The Earth Girdled : The World as Seen To-day.
W. Briggs, Toronto, 1896.

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Thomas De Witt Talmage, , (1832-1902) visited Hawai'i and although he did not record surfriding, he wrote an extended comtemplation on the nature of ocean waves.

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Hut there j^oes the whistle of tlir
".\lameda." It has to .sound three
times, and then oiT for Xew Zealar.d.
We wait for the second wdiistle and
then start. Over the rolliu}.; billows
to the ladder of the steamer, and up
to our old ]ilace on the .!;(>od shij), to
which we ai^ain tnrst our live^.
What a mystery it must be to all the
innumerable creatures of the deep.
We di.scuss some fl> ini^; fish, or .see
once in a voya.<;e a spoutiu,y^ whale,
but we never realize that we are be-
in.^- discussed l)y the inhabitants df
an element fdlcd with so much lite
that our captain says when a whale
is w(Minded by its captors, it recpiires
two men to keep off the sharks
while the captive is bein.-^- dniwn in.
What, suppose you, the inhabitants
of Oceana think of this shi]) floatin-
above them, of the bow ])lowin-j;
thronj^h, of the screw .stirriui; t'.;e
wave, of the passenj^ers bendinfi; o\ i r
the railiii'j;? I*. very moment, as \w
pass on bv dav and ni-lit, there arc thousands of ichthyolooical iiupiiries of " What'^
tliat^" What do the sca;^nills flvin<^ luindreds of miles from .shore think of us? What .:o
the sharks think ? What" do the wliales think ? What does the octopus think ? We ,iic
as jrrcat mvsteries to them as they are to us. And now we come back to study that wliuli

, across the Atlantic, and is now .is


has been to me one of the ^rcat


fascinatiui; in my

first voyage over the Pacific, and will, I suppose, be to me as great a


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tlu' rise, the rnsh the arch, the fall, the voice, the splendor, the convolution the niincle
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>ave IS ever chan<n



^itcorates it with a flash, or tli

)rescent, rnhescent, irid



e ni<4lit sinks nito it a silver and

Tlie complexion of
o\v phosphorescence

lorage of star, or tl

le morning


If' ^,Jwr?'L


Talmage, T. De Witt:
The Earth Girdled : The World as Seen To-day.
W. Briggs, Toronto, 1896. 

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