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Life in Early Poverty Bay

A Doleful Story

A Doleful Story.

A doleful account of his treatment at a runanga held at Te Horo, Waiapu, was told by Henare Paeroa in Te Waka Maori of March 7, 1876. He says that he became intoxicated and on attempting to ride away from the settlement he fell from his horse, which galloped away, leaving him stretched senseless on the beach. Some person, seeing him in that state, coolly drew off his trousers and appropriated them to himself. As he lay in this pitiable condition, a woman named Harata Harete, pitying his condition, came up and covered him with a valuable Native mat. Some time later, she poured water over him, which restored him to consciousness. He then went into the presence of the Natives, who were holding a runanga in the village, to the number of some 300, and begged for a pair of trousers but they only laughed at his misfortune and suffered him to depart in his nakedness.

Late W. T. Best, A Pioneer local Tobacconist.

Late W. T. Best,
A Pioneer local Tobacconist.

Mr. James Rosie.

Mr. James Rosie.