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THE NORTH ISLAND. MORE MAORI OUTRAGES.

Tho Kate, cutter, Pringle, master, left Auckland on the Bth instant, for Tauranga, Maketu, and Whakatane. On her arrival in Tauranga, Mr James Fulloon arriving from Auckland in the steamer Kangatira, took passage in her to Whakatane. Some stress of weather setting in, the vessel did not reach Maketu before the 20th instant, and left again on the 21st, arriving the same afternoon off Whakatane, there to await the morning's tide to enable her to take the bar. Whilst tho vessel was at anchor communication was made from shore, but no evil tidings or forebodings were ever dreamt of. A little boy belonging to Mr White came on board and remained all night with his father. Early the following morning a canoe containing Te Hemara, a chief the Nga te Patutatae tribe, Hoani, a young scamp of many years note, with a gang of determined savages, pulled off 1 to tho vessel. They found Mr White at breakfast, and having gone through the usual salutations, were desired to sit down and partake of breakfast with them, to which there was no hesitation, which probably tended to stimulate and strengthen these base wretches to expedite their treacherous plot, which lay before them. I ought here to state that all the crew and passengers were on deck, except Mr Fulloon, who was not well, and was at the timo lying asleep in his berth. Unknown to Mr White, the native Iloani slyly crept down into the cabin to see whether there were any firearms. Unfortunately, he found a loaded revolver lying alongside Mr Fulloon, which he immediately seized, and concealed on reaching tho deck, and whilst partaking of Mr White's hospitality, betrayed no unkind or suspicious symptoms of danger. The instant these men and devils had finished their repast^ a signal was given, and in an instant each man was struggling with his victim. Captain Pringlo was the first man killed, afterwords the mate, Jhen a struggle ensued with Mr White and his combatant, but Mr White's little boy, about nine years old, pleaded for mercy, and strange to say these hard-hearted devils became alarmed at the entreaties of the child, and they coaled any furth r attempt either on Mr White, Mr Robinson, or Campbell; but while thus engager 1 , Iloani sneaked to tho companion side of tho cabin and fired a shot from the revolver at Mr Fulloon, whilst he was thus ignorai t of what was going on on deck, being hard asleep the whole timo. The ball entered his arm, upon which he jumped up in his berth and began to feel for his revolver ; while he was doing this two or three balls were fired into his lungs, whioh "feoon put on end to his struggles. The vessel was then seized > and taken into the river, Mr White and his companions being prisoner .

The valuable cargo of the vessel, the property of Mr White, was taken out of her, and then commenced the destruction of the vessel, which, after stripping her of every article that was moveable, was set on fire tind totally destroyed. Through the interference of the principal chief, Te Keepa, who lives about four miles from the Whakatane Heads, Mr White's life and that of his friends, were miraculously saved ; they were taken on by him and left in the charge of that venerable and much respected chief Apanui, whose heart yearned when he saw and heard the doings of his tribe. Mr White and his companions were accommodated with a canoe from this chief, and reached in safety Maketu last night, when information was ot once made before Mr Commissioner Smith, who no doubt will represent the case in a forcible light to the government at Wellington. Later intelligence from Tauranga is to the effect that the cutter Kate and schooner Marinuru have been seized and burnt, and a man named Robinson killed. Mr White is still at Whakatane in the hands of the Chiefs, but is considered to be safe. Capt. Frost of the Success reports that while he was off Awanui, Bay of Plenty, he was boarded by an armed native boat, containing four men, all armed with revolvers, rifles, &c. Captain Frost, as also a passenger named Hooker, borrowed a rifle each from the natives and fired them off. These men reported that a fight had taken place at Awanui, on the 6th instant, between the loyal and rebel natives, during which three Hauhaus were killed. Captain Frost further reports that upon passing Waiapu he observed a pole erected, with two white and one red flag flying upon it.

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THE NORTH ISLAND. MORE MAORI OUTRAGES., West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865

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THE NORTH ISLAND. MORE MAORI OUTRAGES. West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865

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