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THE IRREPRESSIBLE MERE KURU.

THfc Thames Advertise*' has been shown a private letter from Ohinemuri to a gentlenianinGrahamstown, the following extract from which will serve to show the higlr; handed manner in which Mere Kuru and her Amazons rule the roost in that district. It appears that the writer of the letter had bee» making some improvements in his place, and amongst other things had planted a number of trees and erected a flagstaff in front of his premises. He writes s— "l had a rumpus with Mere KtirU over that lot. The pole wa3 reared aloft on Friday, aad on Sunday I had a visit from three of her ladyship's followers, asking the meaning of the ' atiek,' I said, 'Nothing in particular; simply that it was a stick.' They said it was wrong to have it here (for what reason I am not aware), and that I must pull it down. That, I said, I would not do, but if they chose they might do so. They marched round it, squatted, and prayed} then told me that, as it was my Sunday, they would let it stand for that day, but that they -would return in the morning and root it out. Sure enough, they arrived in the morning, headed by Mere Kuru, with an addition of three or four old hags. They again marched round the offending pole, prayed, and then dug it up. They also pulled up three pme bushes. When finished, her ladyship confronted me and told me to have done with such work here, as this was her land, and she would turn Wood off altogether if she was obliged to come back on another such errand." It is supposed that Mere Kuru must have been reading the Auckland papers, wherein are recorded the proceedings of the authorities here against barbers' poles, and thinks it necessary to take all poles at Ohinemuri under her own supervision.

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE MERE KURU., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4091, 1 October 1870

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE MERE KURU. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4091, 1 October 1870

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