Raromi; Or, the Maori Chiefs' Heir

9781235832086: Raromi; Or, the Maori Chiefs' Heir

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1888 Excerpt: ... ofioN an open space in front of one of the angles of the incompleted pah, the Maoris of the war-party cowered down beside their kits of boiled potatoes, with which they had fern-root and morsels of dried shark, and began to eat; it was meal-time. Dog's-ear stepped out from behind the tree which had screened him, and stood before his enemies. 'Rangitane, friends!' he cried out, ' I'm hungry--I'm tired--I'm alive!' A dozen muskets were pointed at him at once-a silence, however, fell on all. 'E Taringa Kuri claims hospitality of Pakihure,' said he; 'take me to him.' Some warriors advanced to conduct him. They turned on him--seized him--he was a helpless prisoner as he stood before Pakihure. 'Why come you here?' asked Pakihure, with glaring eyes; 'you're a Pakeha spy; He Kuri Koe!' Now, to call the chief' a dog,' was most insulting. 'I came to make peace.' 'Peace! You, that struck down my relative, Wakanui--you, that joined our worst enemies-you, that want to bind my hands and give me to the Pakeha!' Pakihure bounded out into the open, and ran up and down, working himself into a rage, and speaking as he ran:--' We are not Pakeha. We cling to our own country. "Don't divide the crayfish;" we won't have our land divided. But you! Oh, the false, lying Kakas! They go to the Pakeha; they sell the land, the land of the Maori; and then creep out to us covered by lies to speak false--to deceive us--to take us--to take our lives! '" The road to Hawaike is cut off! "' he roared out; 'you die!' Said Rangitoto, another chief, with fierce words and gestures:--' Rangitane, have we not been the prey of Waikatos, Ngatitoa, and their allies--of all? Do you not remember the bones of those who fell by hundreds? Who slew Waka-nui? Who slew him, E Tauringa Kuri?' addressing Dog's-e...

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