FURTHER DETAILS. [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wanganui, This Day.
Farther particulars of the tragedy at Tuhua are to hand. Moffatt and Henaro travelled together without interruption until they arrived, on Sunday last, at the native village of Matahaura, which is within a few miles of Taumarunui. Taumarunui is sitnated at the spot where the northern branch of the Wanganni river joins the parent stream. From the natives of Matahaura Moffatt and bis companion received no welcome. The Maoris appeared sullen, and told the travellers they had no right there, and that the land was tapned to white men. The same night the natives sent a message -to Taumarunui to inform the inhabitants of the pah of the arrival of Moffatt and Henare. The chiefs of Taumarunui at once held a meeting, at which it was decided thai Moffatt should be shot, and they sent out 4h armed party of seven men, under the leadership of Ngatai, Mamaku's nephew, to carry the sentence into effect. The murderers formed an ambuscade in the fern, by the side of the Maori track, along which Moffatt and Henare would have to pass. On Monday the travellers resumed their journey, and when they came within about ten yards of the spot, the war party rose up, and one of them immediately fired at Moffatt and wounded him. He staggered forward, crying: out "Kate, kate," (Stop, stop), when a second shot was fired, and he fell in the track a dead man. Then his companion, Henare, called on the party to snoot him also, but they wbuld not do it, as they knew him well as a Wanganni native. Henare saw Kemp at Parakmo, and by him was told to hasten down to Wanganni and inform the authorities, and this he did without loss of time.
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FURTHER DETAILS. [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wanganui, This Day., Evening Post, Volume XX, Issue 265, 12 November 1880
FURTHER DETAILS. [UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wanganui, This Day. Evening Post, Volume XX, Issue 265, 12 November 1880
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