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Decorative Art in New Guinea

many beautiful examples may
be found in English villages
beyond the influence of villa-
dom, and where the recent
restorations to the church, and
the new board school are the
only blots upon the scene.


New Guinea is the second
largest island in the world,
a frigate bird and a native rendering and although the coast and

neighbouring islands are
fairly well known, the vast

clipped hedges of yew and box; but the beauty interior of British New Guinea remains to be ex-
of such a garden is only to be attained by a plored. Travellers who are willing to risk the
constant strife with Nature, and the occupier of dangerous climate and the head-hunting proclivities'
the house under consideration will hardly be pre- of the natives can secure many pieces of fine
pared to maintain such a warfare with constancy old native work. The south-east portion of British
and success. He will not attempt, for instance, New Guinea and some of the adjacent islands have
successions of flowers in his borders, but will be already been studied by able anthropologists; while
content with those hardy perennials which appear, many habits and customs have been observed and
unasked and unattended, year by year. In his recorded by missionaries working in the country,
dealings with Nature he will seek rather to take The decorative arts of certain districts have been
her into his confidence, and, without any desire to scientifically examined, compared and classified in
achieve the horrors of the landscape garden, he an admirable work by Prof. A. C. Haddon—a work
will not push the craft of the gardener so far as to which it would be impossible to produce a few
drive Nature beyond the garden fence. If the years hence, so rapidly are the conditions of native
limits of his land allow there must be an orchard, life changing,
in which the quality of the
fruit will not be the only
consideration. In the grass
under the trees daffodils,
anemones, and snowdrops
will proclaim the spring,
and in the autumn apples
falling in the deep, cool
grass, and a thousand
miniature suns piercing the
golden green of the leaves,
may form pleasant sur-
roundings for an idle after-

The garden, indeed, like
the dwelling, will be of the
cottage kind, of which so mortars for pounding betel nuts

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