THE NATIVES AT IT AGAIN.
New Plymouth, July 19
On Saturday the natives mustered in force, and began fencing across the road which the Constabulary are making near Parihaka. They are headed by a well known fighting chief known as Te Whetu. Colonel Roberts remonstrated with them, when the natives replied that they intended to fence, and if the Constabulary pulled down the fence the Maoris would retaliate by pulling down the telegraph poles. Colonel Roberts telegraphed te Wellington to ascertain if he should take the Maoris prisoners ; the Government has replied, and a mounted messenger was sent on to the camp early this morning with a telegram. The contents are not known, but it is thought that the natives will be arrested.
Wellington, July 19
Te Whetu, and about half-a-dozen natives who were engaged in erecting fences across the road line near Parihaka, have been arrested and sent on to New Plymouth.
(Times Special. )
Te Whetu is a powerful and violent man whom Te Whiti has hitherto had great difficulty in keeping in order. Mr. Sheehan is of opinion that Brings are now just in the balance on the West Coast, and the greatest precautions are necessary to avert war. His expression to me is that it is “ Touch and go.”
Government have just received a telegram announcing the arrest of Te Whetu Biot Te Whiti) and several other natives. Te Whetu was violent and abusive, but he and his companions were secured and are now in custody, charged with obstructing the Constabulary and threatening to destroy telegraph poles. The position is decidedly critical, and is naturally giving the Government anxiety. New Plymouth, July 20.
The following are farther particulars re the arrest of natives. At about three p.m. yesterday afternoon the natives who were fencing were ordered to stop operations by Colonel Roberts, and on their refusing to do so, he ordered them to be arrested. Te Whetu, the loader, was first singled out and seized. He resisted violently, and it was with much difficulty he was secured, but after a good deal of struggling the handcuffs were securely fastened on, and Te Whetu made a prisoner. This native is supposed to be the murderer of Brady, a European, some thirteen years ago. The other natives, on seeing their chief a prisoner, quietly surrendered themselves, and all were duly handcuffed. The natives were then taken to the Armed Constabulary camp, and Colonel Roberts sent to town for a conveyance. Several were sent out, arriving there at seven o’clock last night. The prisoners were well guarded by the constabulary and brought into the town of New Plymouth, arriving at tw-o this morning. It is not known what will be done with them, as the Crown Prosecutor has got no instructions respecting them. It is said that one of Te Whiti’s sons is amongst the prisoners. When the news of the arrest was carried to Parihaka great excitement prevailed amongst the natives assembled at the meeting, and they all declared their determination to prosecute the work of erecting fences until all were taken prisoners. A number of natives near . town started for Parihaka this morning. The natives again erected a fence across the road near the camp this morning at 11.30. It was pulled do »vn by the con-, stabulary, and two natives commenced fencing again, when they were made prisoners. They evidently expected to be taken, and seemed pleased at the idea of a trip to Wellington. One asked that he should be served with blankets. They will be sent in to town to-night. Wellington, July 20.
Government this afternoon received intimation that two natives had again started fencing. Orders have been given to warn them to desist or they would be arrested, hut as they persisted in obstructing the road they were taken into custody. It is supposed that they had been sent by Te Whiti fertile purpose of being arrested. Te Whetu was the murderer of Brady, some years ago, at Taranaki, and the Government have done a good stroke by capturing him. Nothing is yet decided re the disposal of the new prisoners. SMUGGLED AMMUNITION. Wellington, July 21. A special telegram to the Post, from Napier, states that three followers of Te Whiti, who have been visiting the Hawke’s Bay natives, started to return to the West Coast this morning. They had some very heavy luggage, and wanted to put it in the railway carriage, but the guard insisted on its going in the van. Their reluctance aroused his suspicions, and he opened the parcel, finding a hundredweight and a-half of shot and a large quantity of powder. On his return he gave information to the police. . Telegrams were sent to Norsewood and Woodville to stop the natives, who, owing to the weight of the shot, were obliged to travel by coach. Major Scully left Napier by the next train, and their arrest is practically certain.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 129, 22 July 1880
THE NATIVES AT IT AGAIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 129, 22 July 1880
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