1870: English Consul, Mr Williams chases Bully Hayes from Samoa

1870: It happened in this wise. A month or two before our arrival, (October) Hayes had dropped anchor in Apia, and some ugly stories of recent irregularities in the labour trade had come to the ears of Mr Williams, the English Consul. Mr Williams, with the assistance of the natives, very cleverly seized his vessel in the night, and ran her ashore, and detained Mr Hayes pending the arrival of an English man-of-war to which he could be given in charge. But in those happy days there were no prisons in Samoa, so that his confinement was not irksome, and his only hard labour was picnics, of which he was the life and soul. All went
pleasantly until Mr Pease–a degenerate sort of pirate who made his living by half bullying, half swindling lonely white men on small islands out of their coconut oil, and unarmed merchantmen out of their stores–came to Apia in an armed ship with a Malay crew. From that moment Hayes’ life became less idyllic. Hayes and Pease conceived a most violent hatred of each other, and poor old Mr Williams was really worried into an attack of elephantiasis (which answers to the gout in those latitudes) by his continual efforts to prevent the two desperadoes from flying at each other’s throat. Heartily glad was he when Pease–who was the sort of man that always observed LES CONVENANCES when possible, and who fired a salute of twenty-one guns on the Queen’s Birthday–came one afternoon to get his papers “all regular,” and clear for sea. But lo! the next morning, when his vessel had disappeared, it was found that his enemy Captain Hayes had disappeared also, and the ladies of Samoa were left disconsolate at the departure of the most agreeable man they had ever known.
Introduction to “By Reef and Palm” by “Pembroke”, by Becke, Louis, 1855-1913. Michael Sturma reported “At the end of the nineteenth century one of Australia’s most popular writers was George Lewis `Louis’ Becke. Some hailed him as the `Rudyard Kipling of the Pacific’. Although these days Becke is little known, during the course of his writing career between 1894 and his death in 1913, he published some thirty-five books. His speciality was the south sea tale”. By Reef and Palm: Sexual Politics and South Seas Tales
Journal article by Michael Sturma; Journal of Australian Studies, No. 53, 1997

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