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  • He took off and spent time at his home in Montana as well as globe-hopping to places such as Bora-Bora and Australia where he spent time with ex-player Luc Longley.

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  • In the Louisiades he planted the first commercial rubber, and in Bora-Bora he ripped out the South Sea cotton and put the jolly islanders at the work of planting cacao. it was he who took the deserted island of Lallu-Ka, colonized it with Polynesians from the Ontong-Java Atoll, and planted four thousand acres to cocoanuts.


  • Heavens — ­he left Bora-Bora, going east, two days before I dropped anchor bound west on my way to Samoa.


  • He owns atolls, remote and tiny; has salvage operations, owns rubber in the Louisiades, cacao in Bora-Bora, cocoa-nuts in Lallu-Ka, phosphate on Hikuhu.

    “Have you lived? What have you got to show for it?”

  • (Coincidentally, the even mightier and more popular story, "To Build a Fire," was published in The Century Magazine less than a month later.) "The Heathen" is Otoo of Bora-Bora and the story is of Otoo and the narrator, Charley, a pearl-buyer and passenger on the Petite Jeanne, a seventy-ton trader sailing from Rangiroa to Papeete, Tahiti.

    “Some day, all the fools will be dead....”

  • He signed onto a tramp steamer and worked his way to the South Pacific, where he jumped ship in Tahiti, settled in Bora-Bora, and wound up owning the monopoly on all boat services for the island, which included meeting airplanes.

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  • Bill made a date with Marlon Brando to meet at our hotel on our return from Bora-Bora.

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  • OUR BUNGALOW AT the original Bora-Bora hotel then the only hotel on the island other than the ClubMed, was built on stilts over the ocean, where giant manta rays swam under our veranda in an endless ballet of loop-the-loops as they scooped plankton from the sea.

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  • Jimmy now lived full time in Papeete, and I wrote to him saying we would be staying a few days in his “town” before and after going to Bora-Bora.

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  • After the party the king and the queen flew off in his Gulfstream to a surprise destination for Mann -- Bora-Bora -- for a vacation.

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