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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Assists to Avenge the Massacre

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Assists to Avenge the Massacre

This awful disaster occurred, of course, after Te Kooti had returned from the Urewera country. Mr. Goldsmith was immediately very worried about the safety of his parents who had stayed behind in Gisborne, so he determined to return to the field of action at once, although his wound was still causing him much trouble, making his left arm useless. A boat was about to leave for Gisborne and he smuggled himself aboard, after being put ashore once, finally landing in Poverty Bay again within a week after the tragedy. Despite his wound, he immediately attached himself to the avenging mixed force of Europeans and friendly Natives, and was engaged mainly in despatch-carrying between the punitive force and headquarters in Gisborne