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BOASTING A MAOBI. ♦ (BY TELEGRAPH.) Napier, May 26. A curious case of one Maori roasting another came before the Resident Magistrate’s Court to-day. Herika, a follower of Te Whiti, and a sort of minor prophet and missionary combined, was charged with assaulting one Heriona, an old, blind, and weak-minded Maori. The evidence showed that the old man was ill, and the prisoner, who was consulted as a kind of medicine man, declared that he was possessed of a devil. To cure him he had a Maori copper made and heated, and lined with green leaves in the most approved fashion, and then laid Heriona on the copper. The old gentleman tried to wriggle away, when Herika tied his hands and feet. As this was not satisfactory he sat op the poor man to keep him well down on the stones. Naturally the old fellow cried out, when Herjka declared that that was the devil trying to get out of his body. At last the by-standers interfered, and rescued Heriona, but not before he had been dreadfully burnt. The case was remanded to allow the old man to be examined by a medical man.

FXJBTHE £WS BY THU ROTOHANA. 4 {Special to the Sydney Herald.) London, May 20. It is known that the Horae Government would approve of reform in Victoria, if the constituents were based on the proposals mentioned in Mr. Service’s election

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 106, 29 May 1880

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 106, 29 May 1880