SEVEN MAORI RESERVISTS ARRESTED
FOR FAILING TO PARADE. By Telegraph.—Press Association. Auckland, June 11. Seven Maoris who were drawn in the last Native ballot hayo been arrested at Mercer ou charge? of failing to parade for medical examination. Tho arrests were made by a party of soven civil police at. a. pa. where a large meeting vae called for (he purposo of discussing conscription.
Apparently, the visit was not unexpected, for the police were mot at the entrance to the pa by a, bevy of girls, a number of whom were equipped with brass band instruments, from which they produced music of somewhat uncertain tune. The maidens escorted the police to tho meeting-house, in which 400 Natives were assembled.
After tho officers had been seated, the chieftaincy asked Servant Waterman to elate tho purpose of the visit. The fenjeant replied tlui , (hey desired to do their duty in a friendly way, and read n list of those for whom warrants had lieon issue'd. asking- tb.it any present should stop forward. Tho chieft.iiness replied Hint if it wore desired that nny Maoris should so to the war the police .wonld havo to takb them.
After giving the. Maoris, another chance, Iho officers proceeded to mcko arrests. The first man arrested wa? Tβ Tianga. i"iua Mahiitn, brother of tho Maori Kin?. He was stated in a position of honour, surrounded by a number of sirls. .\« three of the police advanced three girte stood in front of him, and spread a flag in front of. him. No act"-p rpsi e t!>i>p» was offered, but when called upon to ~n r p.r tv mode lif» response. He was lifted bodily, and carried out of Hi* building. Six others were ajso carried out, no more thau pnssi™ resistance offered in many cases.
The arrested men wen l conveyed to •Wk'and, and taken to Narrow Neck Gainp. '
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Dominion, Dominion, Volume 11, Issue 226, 12 June 1918
SEVEN MAORI RESERVISTS ARRESTED Dominion, Volume 11, Issue 226, 12 June 1918
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