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Seventy-three Maoris, headed by four others playing fifes, marched to the courthouse this morning in charge of Sergeant Stagpoole. On reaching the courthouse , they danced a huka, and were joined by nineteen others who had been accommodated for the night in the building, and who danced a haka of sympathy and welcome. While waiting for the opening of the court, their fifes continued to play lively airs, which were continued as the prisoners were taken in batches before the magistrate, Mr Stanford. Mt Ban Edwards, Assessor of the Native Lmd Court, interpreted the first case, which was against four Maoris for trespassing on Mr Cole’s property at Waihi. Mr Cole gave evidence that ho acquired a lease from the Public Trustee, from whom he obtained proper deeds of possession. Ho had been undisturbed for years till a few days ago, when the accused began ploughing the land. In reply to the Court, the accused had nothing to say, but pointed to their white feathers, Te Whiii’s badge. Accused were sentenced to two months’imprisonment, and ordered to find one surety for £23 to keep the peace for twelve months. It has been commonly supposed that Te Whiti instigated the ploughing operations, but on Saturday the prophet’s son came to town with the object of attending the Waitara races, and learnt for the first time of what had been going on. James Butierworth, who enjoys the confidence of the prophet, asserts that Ta Whiti was in complete igoorance of the ploughing, operations. He had, however, prophesied some time ago that the land would all go back into the possession of the Maoris.

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THE NATIVE TROUBLES., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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THE NATIVE TROUBLES. Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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