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BUYING A WIFE.

Th?. death ot ihe late Mr* S. A Rhodes, the widow of the 'ate Hon. W, B Roes, reminds U". Pirya- the "New Zealand Dairy mm.'i.if a ttyry (h><t is worth telling now. In 1840. n one ol the first four ships that landed 'he members of Ihe New Zealand sett lers in Part Nicholson, was a fat cbubby little boy named Edwin Bannister. This good tempered little boy soon made friends with tl-e natives occupy ng the pah at Te Aro, and ha became great chums with tharanigitira's daughter One evening be was Bitting in the chief's wbare beside h b girl friend, when the flax mat that d d duty for a doorway was pushed aside. Tbe girl who saw that a stranger was entering, tbrew the corner of the mat she was wearing over the 1 ttie boy, thnß hiding him from view. The visror, wbo was then known as Captain Rhodes, entered and stated his business. He had come to make an offer for the chief's daughter. He made his bid-so many blankets, so many Jew's harps, and so on, but tha chief would not deal. "What you have offered,"

he said, "ia the price of a slave girl. My daughter is the rargitira wahine," So the visitor retired without his bargain. Some

time .later he returned and a bargain was made. Tbe result of this union was a daughter, who left New Zealand alter her marriage, "Did you ever see the Maori woman ngain," we asked Mr Bannister, when he told us this story thirty.fiya years ago.

"Oh yes," ho said, "I met her on the beach a few years ago, when she accosted me with 'Huro, Eruin."'

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BUYING A WIFE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4367, 27 January 1914

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BUYING A WIFE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4367, 27 January 1914

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