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INVESTIGATION AT PATUMAHOE AS TO THE DEATH OF A NATIVE.

[prom a correspondent of the new zealander.] As much misconception is abroad respecting the death of tbe Native at Patumahoe, it is due to the-.piiblic jn these exciting times that the facts should be stated, On.Saturday, 13th ult., the settlers were summoned at the instance of Major Speedy, the Re.si.dent Magistrate of Papakura, to enquire into the death ofEretta.a Maori. They promptly attended, and found the Maories in a state of great excitement, Aaran^ing and stating that the Maori had come to his death hy the hands bf a. Pakeha, and all Pakehas niustMeave the district by Monday. ' Fortunately, Archdeacon Mannsell was pasling the neighbourhood, and after a. time he brought tbem to a little reason, when the following statements were elicited ; — On Tuesday a party pf Natives, with doublebarreled guns, proceeded intu : the bush, cattlebunting: tbey slept in the bush tbat night and e-n Wednesday morning proceeded in the direction of" Newmans claimY'and the account they give is, tbat after starling : a herd of wild pattie tbey became tired of rurjniug, and Eretta fclone pursued a beast; sdtn^e .time duiing the day they ; beard a shot,, and. returning, to \ the lettlement at nift^hfy^u^dVihwrjCOi-panion bad not .^efurried.;:; 0h ' Thursdayf, they pro •ceded irj search of him, buj did. floftisuoceed j n finding any trace of liim until Saturday morn* ing, wben he was .discover_d,lyjjng in'Ghamherlain's felled bush with his bead resting on Tiis arm, of course quite dead. ;A , bullet had ploughed Jbe palm of his band and- entered his breast, remaining in his back*. ., not having broken the skip there. ..The. Natives pertinaciously refused however: to let" the medical man examine the wound or trace the ball, or acknowledge the settlers as a tribunal to go jyto the mutter, but persisted in it that he had feeii shot hy a Pakeha ihey happened to see » the bush on Tuesday. Sunday was a calm day. Service performed by the Venerable Archdeacon Mauosell both morning and after »ooii, in Maori and English. . Despatches sent *? G ,V I vev !.' **}' and °y l "c Maories to Isaac, tbe Chief of Papakura.—Monday, the Govern' meat mo* t promply caused D- McLean, Esq., Mr. R„ ga _, an( f several Maori Assesors arrived, with, sundry Maori Chiefs from all the surrounding districts, hut in. the absence of Isaac, the acknowledged head oiPatunaboe, nothing could be done. The Jiaories having described signs of a sctiiHe having taken place whero the body was found a body of 8 of 10' of them, armed with guns' tomahawk;?, &c., &c„ accompanied by three Mttlers proceeded . to the spii^.but discovered nothing whatever to ■ cause suspicion that the man had -been murdered* and no sigus of a Wujfie haying taken place ; and no gun could

be found. On Tuesday a formal Court of ' Inquiry was instituted, consisting of Isaac, i several Native Assessors. Mr. D. McLean, Mr. i Rogan, Rev. Archdeacon Maunseli, and (in the absence of the Resident Magistrate of Waiuku) ' Major Speedy ; and rarely bas an examination ' been conducted with more judgment, temper, and decorum tban was displayed by the Native ' Chiefs during the protracted investigation : — ' better order was never witnessed in a Court of i Justice in England, altbougb tbere were from 150 to 200 Maories present. Not a title of evidence was elicited to cause any suspicion that tbe poor fellow had come to his death unfairly: but ever impartial listener must come to the conclusion tbat tbe unfortunate affair was caused by tbe accidental discbarge of bis own gun or by a stray shot from the gun of. some of his companions at a distance. The investigation would bave been more satisfactory if tbe ball bad been allowed to be extracted and tbe wound examined, as it tben might bave been discovered whether death was immediate or whether the deceased might bave lived some 1 time after receiving tbe wound. | The examination bas terminated by the de cisiou that deceased came to bis death by aci* dent. It is hoped this quiet little settlement ■'; will again assume its wonted peaceful aud i social harmony.

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INVESTIGATION AT PATUMAHOE AS TO THE DEATH OF A NATIVE., Wellington Independent, Volume XV, Issue 1470, 9 November 1860

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INVESTIGATION AT PATUMAHOE AS TO THE DEATH OF A NATIVE. Wellington Independent, Volume XV, Issue 1470, 9 November 1860

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