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Nature volume 88, pages 554555 (22 February 1912) | Download Citation



SEVERAL books, mainly by missionaries, have been written on particular islands or groups of islands in Melanesia, but with the exception of Dr. Codring-ton's “The Melanesians: Studies in their Anthropology and Folk-lore“(1891), there has been no general book on Melanesia, and even Dr. Codrington says very little about the Solomon Islands. This lack of a general survey has been supplied by Miss Florence Coombe, who has written a most admirable and interesting account of her voyaging among these fascinating islands on board the Southern Cross, the steam-yacht which does the business of the Melanesian Mission in great waters. And it is not as tourists and strangers that her passengers go to and fro among the groups, but rather as “friends of the family,” knowing somewhat of each island's story, and having familiar acquaintances among the brown folk everywhere, so that they are received and made welcome in the homes of the people.

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