2 2o IN SAVAGE ISLES AND SETTLED LANDS
the very steep rocky track, an awful place for the horses, we got to the plains below, and rode along for some miles through fertile country, with the grand line of precipitous cliffs and high peaks, now rising into the misty clouds, some way off on one side, and the sea a mile or two away on the other. Our road became more hilly after a time, and we passed near a most extraordinary-looking hill, rising to an absolute point at the top, just as one has occasionally seen in some very exaggerated
picture of the Matterhorn ; but on passing it, it proved to be ridge-shaped, and not a mere cone.
There was not much cultivation here, except an occasional field of taro, flooded like a paddy field, and some guava bushes.
We forded several small streams and passed some native houses, which looked like a thatched roof on the ground, with a doorway dug through the thatch.
At last we arrived at the sugar plantation, and rode up to the homestead, where were three or four neat-looking wooden houses in a nice garden, with the large mill, labourers' quarters, etc., close by.
HILL IN OAHU.HILL IN OAHU.