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354                 The Great Revolution in Pitcairn
tralized government; and, more than all, I gave you the blessing of blessings,— unification. I have done all this, and my reward is hatred, insult, and these bonds. Take me; do with me as you will. I here resign my crown and all my dignities, and gladly do I release my­self from their too heavy burden. For your sake I took them up; for your sake I lay them down. The im­perial jewel is no more; now bruise and defile as ye will the useless setting."
By a unanimous voice the people condemned the ex-emperor and the social democrat to perpetual banish­ment from church services, or to perpetual labor as galley-slaves in the whale-boat — whichever they might prefer. The next day the nation assembled again, and rehoisted the British flag, reinstated the British tyranny, reduced the nobility to the condition of commoners again, and then straightway turned their diligent atten­tion to the weeding of the ruined and neglected yam patches, and the rehabilitation of the old useful indus­tries and the old healing and solacing pieties. The ex-emperor restored the lost trespass law, and explained that he had stolen it — not to injure any one, but to further his political projects. Therefore the nation gave the late chief magistrate his office again, and also his alienated property.
Upon reflection, the ex-emperor and the social demo­crat chose perpetual banishment from religious services in preference to perpetual labor as galley-slaves '' with perpetual religious services," as they phrased it; wherefore the people believed that the poor fellows' troubles had unseated their reason, and so they judged it best to confine them for the present. Which they did.
Such is the history of Pitcairn's "doubtful acquisi­tion."