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THE ROW WITH THE MAORIS.

[by telegraph.] Sixty Stand of Arms Taken. New Plymouth, To-day.

A detachment of mounted rifles under Captain Davidson, accompanied by Major Tuke, visited various settlements between Waitara and Urenui yesterday to search for arms. They returned to town last night at about 10.30, having during the day searched seventy native villages, and secured sixty stand of arms, consisting chiefly of fowling pieces, rifles, and “ Brown Bess’s,” the party did a hard day’s work, riding nearly eighty miles. The Won’t Give Evidence Against Hiroki. Patea, To-day. The Wanganui and Marton infantry arrived last night, and proceeded toWaverley this morning. The Waitora natives, who are witnesses in Hiroki’s case, have held a meeting, and refused to proceed io New Plymouth to give evidence. Inspector James has to watch the prosecution. Homeward Bound. Pdngarehu, To-day. The volunteers embarked on the Hinemoa, at Opunake, at six o’clock this mornng ; nothing doing at Parihaka. Natives on the March. The prisoners who have been contmed at Parihaka was marched from Parihaka

this morning, with the exception of Kereopa, who were sent to New Plymouth by coach. Between two and three hundred natives belonging to Waimate Plains tribes, were sent from camp this morning under the escort of Constabulary. At 10.30 last night the pah was entered, and several who were not in the marae during the day were taken prisoners. No further arrests had been made at 11 o’clock this morning. A Social Gathering.

A friendly meeting of telegraph officials and press correspondents took place last night. The health of Colonel Roberts was drunk with enthusiasm. Messrs Brooks, Salmon, Galbraith, and Renner, belonging to the Pungarehu Telegraph Station, were complimented for the extreme courtesy extended to correspondents, and for their efforts to facilitate press work.

The Lyttelton Times' special, wiring from Pungarehu under yesterday’s date, says:—

There is, so far, no new development of the “ dispersing policy.” The Maoris are being arrested indiscriminately in many instances, neither their names nor that of the tribes to which they belong being known. To-morrow a novel experiment is to be tried, with a view to identifying male prisoners. They are to be paraded close to Parihaka, in the anticipation that their wives and other female relatives will come out and speak to them. If I understand the arrangement aright, the object is not only to identify the male prisoners, but to trap the women and children, and thus render their wholesale arrest more easy. It is due to the Armed Constabulary to say that in private conversation most of them express themselves thoroughly disgusted with the work they are called upon to perform. Among the men Mr Bryce is most anxious to arrest are Te Tiki, Patuawairua, and Whakawiria, belonging to Titokowaru’s hapu. The last-mentioned is the man who defied Mr Commissioner James Mackay, in the Mount Cook barracks about two years ago, when your correspondent was present, and when it was feared they were going to break gaol. The arrested Maoris are making no secret of their intention to return to Parihaka at the earliest possible opportunity. They are not in any way bumptious or even sulky, but simply say, as though it were a matter of course, that they will come back. Parihaka presents a most melancholy appearance. Mr Bryce is of opinion that the evidence of Mr Charles Messenger will be sufficient to establish a prima ficie case against Hiroki, and that on Monday he will be committed for trial.

It has been found necessary to handcuff Titokowaru, and also to keep him in solitary confinement, owing to his threatening manner. The night before last, when the Nelson Volunteers relieved the Constabulary off duty, and were keeping guard over the prisoners on Port Rolleaton, Titokowaru put his head out of the whare, and noticing rather a young man who was doing sentry duty, said : “Is this the kind of men you bring to fight my men ?” Titokowaru then made several remarks relative to the last war, and naming certain actions in which he was victorious, asked if the Europeans had yet forgotten them. There are several charges on which Titokowaru could be indicted, and it is not improbable that he will be brought before the Court. These charges are taking up arms against the Queen, murder, sedition, and other minor offences.

Kereopa, taken yesterday, is not the murderer Kereopa, that worthy having suffered the extreme penalty of the law years ago. But the chief captured yesterday has been ringleader of disturbances and outbreaks, and has long been “ wanted ”by the authorities. The native difficulty should now be quelled, as the arrest of Kereopa completes the list of troublesome ones.

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THE ROW WITH THE MAORIS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 19 November 1881

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THE ROW WITH THE MAORIS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 19 November 1881

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