Given the breadfruit,
the yam and the coco-nut, with the abundant fish of the tropical islands,
and what more does the unspoiled or unsophisticated native need?
One day's work a week, up the mountain and on the shore, and he is placed beyond want, and might amuse himself, if he pleased, with surf riding, horse riding, and canoe paddling for the rest of the week.
had many games but they were most of them associated with gambling; betting
prevailed to a very large extent.
Boxing was the favourite national sport; wrestling and running matches were also much in favour.
Sledge racing was very popular.
A smooth track was made down a steep hillside and then covered with dry grass.
Grasping his sledge ...
... about the
middle with the right had, the actor ran a few yards, then threw himself
with all his force on to the sledge, and shot down the hill head-foremost.
Surf-riding on boards is still much practised.
An ancient amusement was to leap from a great height into the water.
(incomplete) ... and the island-born foreigners emulate the natives in their surf- board riding, canoeing and fishing by torchlight.
Harper and Brothers, London, 1898.