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MR ROLLESTON BEFORE HIS CONSTITUENTS.

On Saturday night last Mr William Eolleston addressed the Avon constituency at the Town Hall, Papanui. He made an excellent speech. In referring to the late native difficulty, and the decisive steps taken just before the present elections, he said:—But there are at the present time, I am grieved to find, and I have heard it in several quarters, a knot of people who in the name of philanthropy, and justice, and truth, are imputing motives of this kind to the Government, which I need not say are absolutely false and without foundation. [Applause.}- I think those paragraphs I have read from Sir George Grey’s speech are very instrhotive. I have in my hand something on the same point which is not only instructive but amusing. We have heard a good deal from one section of the press in Ganterbury about the wrong-doing of the Government in respect of the West GdaSt. They have talked of justice, of mercy,

and rightbeing set at npvghtj jby r.the , Government. They ; of t ort? cruelty , of our wrpng"’ctomg; ana no expressions which they , , *i\* ‘ ffiyernmeat weib, ts&jng. . it donjt Mpfe' thb hhsh, gentaelhed. Tm anting of the articles that have ai|MMon Tiw.is, and I crave ' your 'attention to what X am gcmg to sajj. *;’l should, not have taken notice'Of thje matter Mijppt for when you hear what lam gding to read , tftp.you. r During the year 187=9} ; when thp werein office, new9paper, in cbmin,pp in the : -oo.lonyv'W-coio,.its opinions oh the Btateipf native affairs bn the West Coast. The general tenor of the articles in tne - Lyttelton Times— yon will find them in the file* p£ May, June, and July, 187,9-1- ! ' T 'v^?o‘t^Ce]ffecl— “Dlpnot fight, whatever ybn"3&j'S£^&’mdC.l®*- Thh flour an P sugar'policy is infinitely bettCr than fight- • irig. Thelandmust Come into our hands sooper mi 'later." That" was the general tonC hntt the 1 impression that they conveyed by the articles that appeared in this ' bCahefrof thb press at that JimCC- In ithe -'i m&htl^ 5 July, news! ibme that a chief ' s Chllea : Wfi6tCri, a - Mbbau native, hs|d come in to the Government, 1 and that the ■ Maoris -inthat part of the country were determined to follow a' peacefhi: course and r abWain'froitt helping Te Whiti, or • any'operations that might take place—- - that they did hot at ail sympathise with , TS Whiti,‘ ; and might be relied on to startd aloof. Now comes an article, to a portion ■ 'ijf ; whiCh I crave; yohr(,attention. It aptheAih ■; > i»e felloes l ;—** The main point to he ’ noted -is, thst fictile; disaffection does hot o 'nowfbxist'at the : Mokati. ; We' may infer -that 1 it will he confided to the Waimate . 1 at all' events, the attempts on the .<■; pirt>Of l Te'Whiti io;get!allies, if any have been made, have failed. The occasion is - fipropitious for -a decisive blow. !’One of 1 that has reached us speaks of r - the'planning of a raid oh Barihaka; ahd - another ; mentions that the Government hopes sooh ' to bag Te Whiti and'Titjo- - 'kbwaru. We can only hope that these rumors are' true. > If Mr the new d commissioner at Taranaki; can l signalise " the beginning of his career by the seizure of the Maori prophet, he will cover himself with glory,, and effectually secure the 1 peacebf the colony.”• [Laughter.]; Can. you believe it, gentlemen ] It 'reminds' me Of two philosophers of olden days, one of whom laughed and the other weipt . ; over the foibles and vices of society. My first impression when I read this ; was l to; laugh, : but on . thinking over 1 does seem to me-a somewhat sad thing that one of those elements; of out Wstemjpf popular government—the criticism of the press—should lose the influiice i it ought to have ,by changing and choppibg' upon an important question of this kirid, - and practically on the credulity! of 1 in the; way it does. The articles that appeared in that -paper could only have brten written presuming on thp ignoranwbf.the fabts which the majority bf its readefe were in, and for that ignorance of faots, or misrepresentation of facts, . T Ttho paper .itself- was very largely responsible. It has been said that the Govern-' ; ‘ment .is acting - without law,-r and doing ■ what it has xio right to do in the detention ©ranch menaa Titokowaru. It maybe. : that the; : Qovernmenthas taken a serious, responsibility upon itself in the course! it has Adapted'with regard to, the- detention, of these natives who are in custody. But it;bias done, it cheerfully, it has done 1 it firmly, and it will Continue to do do it—- : [Applause] —because we feel we have got incur hands the-protection of a number of helpless people, and we will take care . that we dohotabuae the trust that is im-

posed in us in this matter. [Applause.] Task ■ yoirwhetheryou can deal with these natives in the same way that you ordinarily deal <■. Are yon, at the .time! of great, .excitement among the natives, as r this, must ; be, to allow a manlike. Titokowaru, who only a few years ago desolated •. the. /whole .. coast, to 'be loose to be a standing menace t o the .. people in [that part of. the country? In his own patorpstrrrto . keep., him out of misin. the. interest of the happiness of the people on the coast,. I maintain

that the Government is doing what; is j,. .right,. ’t-iA .number of-you .will.-.remain-her,:l<’doubt, not,,-a letter that appeared , , written,.by.^his.man. . .He ia.no doubt one - • of the greatest warrior chiefs that there has been in Hew, Zealand—aman whose name as a chief, aiida. leader 0n..-war is a household, wordyampng the Maoris. I ask you jnst-to-listen4on letter that was written by him during the; last war, and • to judge whether it is any wonder that people who recpllectithe horrors of that war should congratulate- themselves that the Govern- .: ment bast: seen fit to take that man and to o keep : him.out of the- way at the present time. , .He says tea friendly chief :—“A word; to ; you. Cease travelling on the roads. Stop for eyer the going on the roadp which leads to Mangamanga (camp - Waihi), lest -you be-left on the roads as food for the birds of the air . and for the beasts of the field, or for me, becauset!'- , have paten the European (Smith, trooper), as a piede-of beef-}: he-was; cooked in a pot The wOmehiT and.children partook •Cfif AJitelStO'll have begun to eat human; flesh, and my throat is constantly open: for-.the ilesh of? a man. I shall not die? I shall not die. When death itself shall - be, dead*, I shall .be alive. That is the word for-you,, extending to Matangarara. That, is a light (clear) .word to you, exto all ypur boundaries. Cease (stop).” I say that this is no lime to be abpnt technicalities of law in regard to the detention of a man of that, kind. [Applause;] ~ ~ ■"IT -J- I - 't J V.N 58.,; --

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MR ROLLESTON BEFORE HIS CONSTITUENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881

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MR ROLLESTON BEFORE HIS CONSTITUENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881

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