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A Minor Mystery of the Pacific


MR. ARMSTRONG is to be congratulated on the solution of one of the minor mysteries of the Pacific, for though Rossel Island lies only some twenty miles north-east of Sudest (Tagula), the intervening reefs make its approach so difficult, that having nothing of value to offer to the trader, its inhabitants were but little known to the white man, while the mental habit of its people, so different from that of the Massim generally, cut them off from those trading voyages which throughout the Louisiade archipelago connect island to island, from the Trobriands and Murua in the north to Tagula in the south-east.

Rossel Island: an Ethnological Study.

By W. E. Armstrong. Pp. xxviii + 274 + 24 plates. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1928.) 18s. net.

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S., C. A Minor Mystery of the Pacific. Nature 122, 565–566 (1928).

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