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Page 16 Hells Canyon Journal June 6, 2001 by marjori Bahcr Island Getaway Now that school is finally out and you are ready to enjoy your summer, do you sometimes wish you could go where no one could reach you and get you to do chores? Are you tired of people all day long and just wish you could get away from it all for a little time? Well, the place to go would be a group of Islands called Tristan da Cunha. These islands have to be just about as far away from everything else as any place you could find. If you draw a straight line from the tip of South America to the tip of South Africa, you will find these islands about half way across the ocean. They were discovered in 1506 by a Portuguese ship. They were visited after that for some years by whalers and sealers, but the five islands were not very hospitable and they were not settled until 1810 by Jonathan Lambert of Salem, Massachusetts. He declared him- self the owner of the islands and reportedly made a fortune in sealskins and sea elephant oil that he sold to passing ships. He was killed in a boating accident only two years later, and there are still rumors of his golden sovereigns stashed away somewhere on one of the islands. If you spent a summer vacation on Tristan da Cunha at least you would have something fun to do: hunt for treasure! The islands were officially annexed in 1816 by the British. They were afraid the French would make use of them to rescue Napoleon from Helena, where he was exiled. Corporal William Glass was one of the men stationed on the Island by the British. He returned later with his wife and children. He was soon joined by others and a colony was started. In 1827, the population of Tristan was 14, including 5 bachelors. When the next British ship arrived, the bachelors re- quested brides, whom the ship's captain soon found and brought to the island. The population was occasionally increased by people being shipwrecked I learby and washed up on the islands. It is very difficult to raise crops on these islands as they are the tops of volcanic peaks, and not very much soil clings to them. In 1856, it was reported that the islanders were suffering from famine, and when a rescue ship was sent, this was found to be almost true. Food was very short, and of the 74 people living there, 46 of them decided to leave. Slowly the population grew again until in 1881 there were reported to be 110 people living on the island. Many years later there was an eruption of one of the volcanos, and the islands had to be evacuated entirely. The people mostly went to live in England, but as soon as the islands were considered safe again, these people went back to their isolated home. The islanders speak English, but because they have lived so far away from other English-speaking people, they have some odd ways of saying and spelling English words. Many of the men on the island are named Donald - at least that is the way you pronounce the name - but it is spelled Dondall. If you decided to go there for a trip you would want to be sure to greet people with "How you is?" instead of"How are you?" as we usually say. If you find a stream, it is called a watrem, and if you want them to know you have been watching the penguins that day, you will have to call those little black and white birds pennemins. Have a great vacationf Words are wonderful things. English is one of the richest languages in the world because it draws its words from so many places. Let's look at one of those words: "terminus." This word comes to us from Rome. Legend says that the second king of Rome, Numa, decreed that every one of his subjects had to mark the boundaries of his property with a monument sacred to the god Terminus. This god was shown having a human head, and sometimes a torso, but without feet or arms. This was to indicate he never moved. Many farmers simply planted a pillar, but each year the neighboring farmers would meet and offer a sacrifice on top of the pillar or statue to the god Terminus. This was done on the 23rd of February each year. Over time this word came to mean where the end of the property is located, or later, simply, the end. mean where the end of the property is located, or later, simply, the end. You May Qualify for a FREE Annual Exam and Mammogram Breast and Cervical Cancer Early detection and screening Family Size Maximum Income Monthly 1 $1,677 2 2,260 3 2,844 4 3,427 5 4,010 If you are 40 to 65, call to check your eligibility for a women's health check and mammogram at NO charge. Women's health check with CHD Public Health or private physician. For more information, call 962-8823 or our new toll-free number, 1-877-962-8823. Center for Human Development, Inc. 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