National Geographic : 1925 Oct
THE ROMANCE OF SCIENCE IN POLYNESIA 387 THIE CALL TO SUNDAY SCHOOL, FAAITI ISLAND, TUAMOTU GROUP A cotton jacket over the pareu (see Color Plate VI) and a straw hat make up this lad's Sabbath attire. YOUTHFUL FISHERMEN OF RURUTU ISLAND, AUSTRAL GROUP The children of Polynesia have always been treated with great tenderness. The early missionaries, who looked at nearly every custom askance, recognized the primitive islands as a children's paradise. Destruction of new-born infants was, to be sure, extensively practiced in the Society Islands and elsewhere, but this evil had its root in overpopulation and periodical food shortage.