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1878 edition. Excerpt: ...New Zealand beef, and South Sea pork
leave nothing to be desired in the way of preserved meat. Fresh
beef, mutton, and butter are hardly procurable, and the latter,
when preserved, is uneatable. I can never understand why they don't
take to potting and salting down for export the best butter, at
some large Irish or Devonshire farm, instead of reserving that
process for butter which is just on the turn and is already almost
unfit to eat; the result being that, long before it has reached a
hot climate, it is only fit to grease carriage-wheels ivith. It
could be done, and I feel sure it would pay, as good butter would
fetch almost any price in many places. Some Devonshire butter,
which we brought with us from England, is as good now, after ten
thousand miles in the tropics, as it was when first put on board;
but a considerable proportion is very bad, and was evidenty not in
proper condition in the first instance. We had intended going
afterwards to the coral reef with the children to have a picnic
there, and had accordingly given the servants leave to go ashore
for the evening; but it came on to rain heavily, and we were
obliged to return to the yacht instead. The servants had, however,
already availed themselves of the permission they had received, and
there was therefore no one on board in their department; so we had
to unpack our basket and have our picnic on deck, under the awning,
instead of on 330 DRUGGED DRINK. the reef, which I think was almost
as great a treat to the children. We have, I am sorry to say, had a
good deal of trouble with some of our men here. One disappeared
directly we arrived, and has never been seen since. Another came
off suffering from delirium tremens and epileptic fits, brought on
by drink. His cries and struggles were...
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