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Ridiculous Parade of Force. [Per Press Association.] AUCKLAND, Nov. 6. The whole city was thrown into a state of excitement again this morning, by another of Mr Mitchelson's expeditions against the Maoris. At two o'clock an armed force, consisting of Inspector Broham, Sergeants Gamble and Bernard, two constables, Detectives Chrjstal and Ede, and Captain Morrison and thirty-five men of the Permanent Force, accompanied by Mr Lewis, Under-Secretary, left by special train for Mercer en route for Pukekawa, Tawhiao's settlement on the left bank of the Waikato Eiver. The object of the expedition was the arrest of j Heri Kaihau, Tawhiao's secretary, who some mouths ago destroyed a trig station in the Upper Thames district, thus interfering with the surveys which were carried on by Mr Cheal, the Government surveyor. The block on which the trig station was destroyed is Native land, and outside , the 45,000 acres handed over to the Government for advances ; but it was necessary that the surveys should be made in order to have the boundaries correctly denned, and Mr Cheal was appointed to superintend the undertaking. Some of the King's party were opposed to the surveys going on, while other Natives were in favour of them. Ultimately, as it was thought, the matter was amicably settled, it haviug been explained that the trig stations were no infringement of their rights. Heri Kaihau and some of Tawhaio'B adherents were not satisfied, and Heri Kaihau destroyed or, rather, took down the trig station ironwork. He aent to the postmaster at Miranda, and he wrote to Mr Wilkinson, the Government Native Agent, stating he bad done the act. A summons was issued, but Kaihau ignored it. A warrant was issued here, and in the dead of night the Government emissaries were hurrying about, and the railway station, where tho forces were assembled, was a scene of great excitement. Henare Kaihau, brother of the man to be arrested, Heri went to the station to accompany the party, and expressed himself astonished at such preparations. He said only women were at the settlement, and if anyone was sent to tell his brother he would come down. The party left at two, and on their arrival at Mercer there was made a great display. They reached the settlement soon after daybreak, but the Natives did not even leaTe their work in a potato field. Kaihau gave himself up to the leaders of the force, and Tawhiao said they were quite satisfied that the Government should sift the whole case to the bottom. The expedition is now on its way back to town. The Star characterises the affair as transparent electioneering tactics, and ridiculeo the whole expedition as unnecessary and injudicious. It compares it unfavourably with the ! policy of Mr Sallance in sending two policemen to Parihaka at a very awkward time.

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ANOTHER RAID ON NATIVES., Star, Issue 7004, 6 November 1890

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ANOTHER RAID ON NATIVES. Star, Issue 7004, 6 November 1890