National Geographic : 1924 Feb
126 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Recalling those days many years later, Mrs. Thurston wrote: "In 1820 the first foreign ladies reached these shores that were ever seen by the eyes of natives. They were seven in number, including one mother with five children. That com pany had only liberty to come on shore ' and stay one year. What circumspection, . _ :what power of endurance they were called upon to exercise! FIRST WHITE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE RARE CURIOSITY "The ladies were a rare curiosity to the nation; the children more so. To turn from scenes of pressing their own chil dren beneath the sod with their own heels, or, if allowed to live, to go entirely naked; then to behold our children dressed with shirts, pants and coats, with dresses and neck-attire, with stockings and shoes, with hats and bonnets, they were delighted, they were fascinated with them, as much as our children would be with a fresh importation of London dolls. "Kalaimoku. a great warrior, who put down the rebellion in favor of idols, who sustained the position of prime minister of the nation, and was called the Iron Ca ble, passed by educated men and chose little Daniel Chamberlain, five years old, to be his teacher in learning the English alphabet. "When Mrs. Chamberlain started to go to church with her family, by the time she got there she was as destitute of children as young married ladies. One queen would secure a child, another a second, and so on. (We had ten queens in those days.) . "The winning influence they [the chil dreni exerted over the minds of natives in causing the mission so quickly to be come the acknowledged teachers of the nation will never be appreciated in this life." TIIE QUEEN ADOPTED NE\V ENGLAND STYLES Photograph by Gilbert Grosvenor The queen welcomed the New England A BIRD'S-NEST FERN costume as passionately as our modern There are forty species of this genus in ladies greet the latest styles from London Hawaii. They are common in the trunks and and Paris. Mrs. Thurston, the slim forks of trees in the forests, and in the cities young bride of 23, gives an amusing inci are much cultivated. Some specimens have dent in her diary. The favorite wife of leaves 4 feet long and 8 inches wide. Here a small specimen is seen immediately below the the king desired to borrow a dress from larger "nest." Mrs. Thurston.