This publication isn't a piece of fiction. it's a simple narrative of actual lifestyles within the New Zealand bush, a real tale of experience in an afternoon now not but distant, while event in abundance used to be nonetheless on hand within the land of the Maori. each identify used is a true one, each personality who appears to be like in those pages had life in these conflict days of 40 years in the past. each incident defined here's a trustworthy checklist of exact happenings ;some of them might persuade the reader that fact may be stranger than fiction. a number of situations are recorded of white deserters from civilisation who've allied themselves with savages, adopting barbarous practices, and forgetting even their mother-tongue. within the outdated convict days of latest South Wales escapees from the fetters of a greater than rigorous procedure once in a while forged of their lot with the blacks.
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Why? There are a rating of armed Hauhaus[Pg 268] looking out the wooded area for you, and had they discovered you sooner than I did they might have killed you. " The outdated leader defined, extra, that once Bent didn't go back to the bush-village the former evening, his fellow-eelers had come to the realization that he had given them the slip at the trip domestic, and had made off to the white men's camp. So at sunlight a celebration got down to scour the woodland around the kainga, totally proceeding, in the event that they discovered the deserter in hiding, to summarily execute him. previous Rupé, too, had taken to the wooded area along with his daughter—before daylight—but for a unique cause: he didn't think his pakeha may wasteland him, and as he concluded Bent had misplaced himself within the bush, he had kindled a hearth at the such a lot favorite hillside within the wooded area, within the desire that the wanderer could see it and make his means in the direction of it. His bush-craft used to be profitable, and doubtless it kept Bent's existence, for had he long past wandering on he could most likely have run into the fingers of his hunters. So the 3 of them—the rangatira and his "tame white guy" and the Maori girl—travelled homeward as speedy and as quietly as they can, seldom talking to each other for worry a few prowling Hauhau should still listen them. "Even now, in the event that they locate you out within the forest," acknowledged Rupé, "I will not be capable of prevent. be careful, for this can be your final day! " [Pg 269] past due within the afternoon the camp of the fugitive rebels used to be reached, and Bent used to be secure. Titokowaru, simply again from a scouting day trip to the forest-edge, used to be within the village. the awful war-chief was once certainly happy to work out the white guy again back, and secure. "E tu! " acknowledged he; "it was once lucky certainly that Rupé met you within the wooded area. Had any of the others discovered you—my younger males of the Tekau-ma-rua—then you have been a useless guy! " Now got here an indication of that many-sided legislations, the tapu. Titokowaru took the 2 eels which Bent had carried domestic on his again and hung them up as an supplying to the atua, the heathen gods. They have been lower than the ban simply because that they had been borne at the white man's again, which was once quickly tapu; for this reason they can now not be eaten. The honey, even though, used to be now not wasted. Titokowaru, having doubtless a candy the teeth, sagely made up our minds that it'd be enough to hold up the eels for the gods; he whakanoa'd the honey, that's, he repeated karakia, or incantations, over it, in which the maleficent powers of the tapu have been nullified or avoided and the nutrients made healthy for intake. * * * [Pg 270] bankruptcy XXIII A conflict within the FOG The shock of Otautu—An early morning attack—Kimble Bent's dream—"Kia tupato! "—A gallant defence—Brave previous Hakopa—Flight of the Hauhaus. A misty morning within the woodland. a bit Maori hamlet, only a choice of thatched huts, in a small clearing enclosed on either side by means of the dense woods. within the rear a deep ravine, jungly with thick undergrowth, then the winding snag-strewn Patea River. This was once Otautu, Titokowaru's refuge-camp. It stood on a plateau—now a richly grassed farm; scattered over the clearing have been potato-gardens.

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