Read online or download a free book: The Life And Times Of Patuone: The Celebrated Ngapuhi Chief
Publisher: TheClassics.us (12 Sept. 2013)
By: Charles Oliver Davis (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... Chiefs, on the subject of temperance: and, as a proof of his compunction, he ordered all his rum puncheons to be taken from his store, and their contents to be poured on the ground, in the presence of his assembled ':associates. The poor fellow bade farewell to earthly scenes, twenty-four hours after he received the fatal blow, in the drunken bout, which sent him to a premature grave. Long before the colonization of New Zealand by the British crown, there was a brisk trade between Australia and Hokianga, it being celebrated for its magnificent Kauri spars. As a general rule, the Maori population evinced the greatest friendship towards the captains and crews of the vessels, entering th% port, and rendered valuable assistance in the preparation of the cargoes required. A schooner named the Fortitude, when about to sail for Sydney laden with sawn timber, stranded at Motukauri, near the Whirinaki river: some of the natives, Whirinaki and Rarawa, in accordance, perhaps, with their ancient law, that all vessels, fish, birds, :o. oast on shore, within their tribal territory, should become the property of their tribe, boarded the Fortitude, and appropriated to themselves sundry articles found on board, including the ship':s papers. I have no hesitancy in saying, that, if prudent steps had been taken, the purloined articles would have been restored to the owners, and the difficulty amicably settled. Moral suasion, however, was not the mode often resorted to in those days, but the spirit of retaliation was preferred, by both settlers and Maoris. Quickly, therefore, after the Fortitude':s capture, an army was raised by the Chiefs Moetara, Eangatira, Te Kakahi, and others, whose country extended from Maunganui on the coast, to One Tree Point, seven...
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