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[From Our Own Correspondent.]

WAIWERA, September 17.

Since last Wednesday, when a body of Natives arrived hers from Kaipara, there has been excitement among Maoris. Their intention was, however, kept quiet. Last night people here were aroused by the steamer arriving at Waiwera and landing about a dozen constables in plain clothes. After making arrangements for a guide the men proceeded to Te Hanara's Pah, half a mile from here. The men were up to their knees in slush. The lanterns were then put out, and they proceeded cautiously through the scrub and surrounded a whare where the Natives were {assembled holding a meeting. The door was answered by a Maori. The stench which was emitted from the whare was dreadful, as the Natives were packed like herrings. Sergeant Gamble, in charge read the warrant for the arrest of eight Maoris who had been some of the party who abducted Mary Campbell from Lucas Creek. Everyone present was on the alert when the Maoris began arguing with the sergeant. One Native declined to be taken. After a while matters were arranged, and each constable was told off to watch a particular man. All were ultimately marchedjback to Waiwera, accompanied by about a dozen other Natives, mostly women. All left here at one o'clock this morning in a drizzling rain. They will be tried at Auckland* Court, but the case is sure to be adjourned, i : It is a rather mixed-up affair. I spoke to young Hemara this morning. He says that Campbell's father took Matekino's wife, and Matekino, with the assistance of the Maori women, abducted the girl. Campbell said that if the Maoris took the woman from him he would kill some of his enemies ; hence the reason of the Kaipara Natives securing Miss Campbell. There has been much excitement over the business, but I think when summed up it will amount to a dispute between two mon, with a woman at the bottom of it. The girl Campbell was taken to Auokland. The prisoners are very indifferent as to the issue of the business.

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THE NATIVE OUTRAGE., Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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THE NATIVE OUTRAGE. Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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