However, a tropic bird flew past and put the lesser matter out of mind.
In the morning of the 9th, being in latitude 38 29' S. we saw a tropic bird which in so high a latitude is very uncommon.
The tropic bird is a species of gull, about the size of a partridge.
She was like a tropic bird seen amid the scant foliage of northern hills.
Five minutes later, Mr. Gibney was aboard the tropic bird and had presented himself at her master's cabin.
He could hardly ride back to Tai-o-hae, and he departed with the tropic bird without saying another word to any one.