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We shall, perhaps, look down thus on the surface of air at length, and mark where a still subtler spirit sweeps over it.
At first I imagined it to be produced by a shoal of fish sporting on the surface, but our savage friends assured us that it was caused by a shoal of 'whinhenies'(young girls), who in this manner were coming off from the shore to welcome is.
True, it was far larger than the Arangi he had known, but it was white, it was long, it had masts, and it floated on the surface of the sea.