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  THE SAMOANS - Opposite the large Javan settlement, on Midway Plaisance, was the rude theatre of the Samoans, and beside it their "village," the main structure of which may be espied in the background of the picture before us. These persons and their associates were physically the best people at the World's Columbian Exposition. When the men arrived at San Francisco, their hair was a foot long, standing directly out from the head. Possibly apprehending the fear of the public, our Samoans cut away their chief ornament. Even then, their partial nakedness and their vigorous rhythmic dancing made their visitors timid. The Samoans were brought from Apia by H. J. Moors, a friend of Metaafi, and Kilalulu, the chief before us at the left, was much depressed by the news, in August, that Malietoa had overcome Metaafi at home. It was said that the Smithsonian Institute secured a plaster cast of Kilalulu for preservation as the form of a highly developed man. Kilalulu could pound his hollow log and give his Fiji dances from daylight till midnight and never abate a jot or tittle of his muscle. In the chair sits Fetoai, the fairest of the troupe, and by her side Lola, the singer assumes an attitude that soubrettes might envy. These woman were eighteen years old, and Fetoai had a little daughter whom she dressed in stylish American fashion. The Mailulu song which the company gave while sitting had Gregorian harmony, and was probably learned from the Catholic missionaries. The late John F. Ballantyne, of Chicago, died while acting as one of the managers of this theatre.
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