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 Chapter II: Natives arrive at Mr....
 Chapter III: Dr. Fraser arrives...
 Chapter IV: Return of waggon to...
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Title: Waihoura, or, the New Zealand girl
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Title: Waihoura, or, the New Zealand girl
Alternate Title: New Zealand girl
Physical Description: 127 p., 1 leaf of plates : ill. ; 16 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Kingston, William Henry Giles, 1814-1880
Pott, Young, and Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: Pott, Young & Co.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [1876?]
 Subjects
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Family -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Farmers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Missionaries -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Kindness -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Sick -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Physicians -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Courtship -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Juvenile fiction -- New Zealand   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1876
Genre: novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
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Statement of Responsibility: by William H.G. Kingston.
General Note: Date of publication from inscription.
General Note: Frontispiece printed in colors.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Lucy's arm was thrown round Waihoura's neck whilst she tried
to make herself understood,


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WAIHOURA;

on,


BY
WILLIAM H. G.


KINGSTON.


POTT, YOUNG, & CO.,
COOPER UNION, FOURTH AVENUE.
NEW YORK.















CONTENTS.



CHAPTER I.
PAGE
Arrival of the families of Mr Pemberton, Farmer Greening,
and others, in New Zealand.-Inspect Land.-Encamp
near the Port till they can settle on the land they lve-
selected, 7


CHAPTER II.

Natives arrives at Mr Pemberton's camp.-They bring
with them on a litter a young girl-Waihoura apparently
very ill.-A Doctor sent for, and a lint is built for her
accommodation, 16


CHAPTER III.

Dr Fraser arrives with Mr Marlow a missionary, who re-
cognizes Waihoura.-He persuades her father to allow
her to remain.-Return of Mr Pemberton, who has
selected his land, and begins to settle on it.-The farm
described.-He leaves them again for it accompanied by
Mr Spears.-Waihoura recovers and learns English,
while Lucy learns Maori.-A vessel arrives with sheep,
some of which the Doctor buys, and are looked after by
Toby.-Lucy tries to explain the Gospel to Waihoira, 27








CONTENTS.


CHAPTER IV.
PAGE
Return of waggon to the camp for Lucy and the rest of the
party, who set off for the farm.-Scenery on the road.-
Arrival at farm.-Mr Spears again.-Plans for the future, 51



CHAPTER V.

Life at Riverside.-Waihoura begins to learn the truth.-
Her father, accompanied by several chiefs, comes to take
her to his pah, and she quits her friends at Riverside, 61



CHAPTER VI.

Riverside.-Mr Marlow the missionary, visits the Pember-
tons.-Lucy and her friends visit Ihaka.-A native pah
described.-A Feast.-Native Amusements.-Return to
Riverside, 71



CHAPTER VII.

Prosperous condition of the settlement.-Mr Pemberton
and his sons go out shooting.-Waihoura is observed fly-
ing from Hemipo, who fires and wounds her.-Rescued
by Mr Pemberton, and taken to Riverside.-Val goes for
Dr Fraser.-On their return, Rahana, a native chief,
saves their, lives.-Ihaka arrives with his followers, as
also do Rahana's, to defend the farm, but no enemy
appears, and they, with Waihoura, return to Ihaka's
pall, 80


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CONTENTS.


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CHAPTER VIII.
PAGE
Disturbance among the natives.-Volunteers from the settle-
ments.-MAr Pemberton and Val called away.-The set-
tlers, to their dismay, discover that the young Pembertons
have been carried off, 94



CHAPTER IX.

Lucy and Harry carried off by Hemipo, who takes them
to his pah.-Lucy explains the truth to a native girl who
attends her.-Waihoura appears, and assists them to
escape.-Encounter Hemipo, who is conquered by
Rahana.-Hemipo allowed to go free.-Happy return to
Riverside with Waihoura and her party.-Great rejoic-
ings.-Hemipo becomes a Christian.-Waihoura marries
Rahana, and the settlement flourishes, 105










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WAIHOURA.



CHAPTER I.

Arrival of the families of Mr Pemberton, Farmer Greening and
others, in New Zealand.-Inspect Land.-Encamp near the
Port till they can settle on the Land they have selected.

FINE emigrant ship, her voyage happily
terminated, had just entered her destined
port in the northern island of New Zea-
land. Her anchor was dropped, the crew were
aloft furling sails, and several boats were along-
side ready to convey the passengers to the shore.
All was bustle and excitement on board, each per-
son anxious to secure his own property,-and people
were running backwards and forwards into the
cabins, to bring away any minor articles which
might have been forgotten.
The water was calm and bright, the sky intensely
blue. On either hand were bold picturesque head-
lands running out into the sea, fringed by dark
rocks; while beyond the sandy beach, which bor-
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dered the bay, on a partially cleared space, were
seen numerous cottages, interspersed with tents and
huts, many of the latter rudely constructed of boughs.
Further off arose forests of tall trees, reaching to the
base, and climbing the sides of a range of high
mountains, here and there broken by deep ravines,
with sparkling streams rushing down them, finding
their way into a broad river which flowed into the
bay. Beyond the first range appeared others-range
beyond range, the summits of several towering to
the sky, covered with mantles of snow shining with
dazzling whiteness in the bright rays of the sun. In
several places the forest gave way to wide open
tracts, clothed with fern or tall waving grass.
Here we are safe at last,' exclaimed Valentine
Pemberton, a young gentleman about eighteen, as
he stepped from one of the first boats on to the
ledge of rocks which formed the chief landing-place
of the settlement.
Father, let me help you,' he added, extending
his arm towards a middle-aged fine-looking man who
followed him.
'Now, Lucy, take my hand; the rocks are
somewhat slippery. Harry, you can look out for
yourself.' He addressed his young sister, a fair
sweet-looking girl of about fifteen, and his brother,
a fine active boy, who sprang on to the rock after
him.
'Take care of Betsy, though,' said .Lucy, not
forgetful of her faithful maid, whose attachment to


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WAIHOURA.







THE DISEMBARKATION.


her young mistress had induced to leave home for a
strange land.
'Paul Greening is helping her,' answered Harry.
Mr Pemberton, with his daughter and two sons,
soon made their way to the more even beach, fol-
lowed by Betsy and Paul Greening. Paul's father,
farmer Greening, a sturdy English yeoman, with
his wife and two younger sons, James and little
Tobias, as the latter was called, though as big as his
brothers, were the next to land.
My boys and I will look after your things, Mr
Pemberton,' shouted the farmer. Do you go and
find lodgings for Miss Lucy and Betsy.'
'Thank you, my friend,' said Mr Pemberton,
'but we have made up our mind to rough it, and
purpose camping out under tents until we can get
a roof of our own over our heads. Before we begin
work, however, I wish to return thanks to Him who
has guided and protected us during our voyage across
the ocean. Will you and your family join us V
'Aye, gladly sir,' answered farmer Greening.
'We are ready enough to be angry with those who
are thankless to us when we have done them a kind-
ness, and I have often thought how ungrateful we
are apt to be to Him who gives us everything we
enjoy in this life.'
Mr Pemberton led the way to a sheltered spot,
where they were concealed by some high rocks from
the busy throng on the beach. He there, with his
own children and the farmer's family, knelt down


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and offered a hearty thanksgiving to the merciful
God who had heretofore been their friend and guide,
and a fervent prayer for protection from future
dangers. Then, with cheerful hearts and strong
hands, they returned to the boat, to assist in land-
ing their goods and chattels, while Valentine and
Paul went back to the ship to bring off the remain-
der of the luggage.
Mr Pemberton and farmer Greening, meantime,
set off to get the surveying officer to point out a plot
of ground on which they might encamp, the rest of
the party remaining on the beach to look after their
property.
While they were thus employed, a bustling little
man, in a green velveteen shooting coat, approached
Lucy, who, with Betsy and Mrs Greening were re-
moving the lighter articles of their baggage. Under-
neath a broad-brimmed hat, which he wore far back
on his bullet-like head, covered with short cropped
hair, appeared a pair of round eyes, and a funny
turned up nose.
Oh, Miss Pemberton, I am shocked to see you
so employed !' he exclaimed. 'Let me assist you.
My own things will not be brought on shore to-day,
I am told, and I have no wish to go on board the
ship again to look for them.'
'Thank you, Mr Nicholas Spears,' said Lucy,
who had already discovered that the little man was
never happy unless attending other people's con-
cerns, to the neglect of his own, and had no wish


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WAIHOURA.







MR NICHOLAS SPEARS.


to encourage him in his bad habit. My brother
Harry and our friends here can do all that is neces-
sary.'
'Oh, I beg ten thousand pardons, Miss Lucy,
but I thought that I could be of use to you. It
would be such a pleasure, believe me.'
Mr Nicholas Spears rolled his round eyes about,
and twitched his mouth in such a curious manner
when he spoke, that Lucy could scarcely refrain
from laughing outright.
'If you don't look after your own property, Mr
Spears, I don't think anybody else will,' observed
Mrs Greening. Just let me advise you to go back
in the first boat, and see if any of your goods have
been got out of the hold, or they may be sent on
shore, and you will not know what have become of
them.'
The little man seemed very unwilling to follow
this wise counsel, but hearing his name called by
some of the other emigrants, he hurried away to join
them, and was seen running up and down the beach,
carrying their boxes and parcels.
Most of the other passengers had now come on
shore, and were busily employed in looking after
their property, and conveying it from the beach.
Valentine and Paul had just returned with the
remainder of their goods, and soon afterwards Mr
Pemberton and. farmer Greening returned, accom-
panied by four dark-skinned men, dressed in shirts
and trousers, the few tattoo marks on their faces, and


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the shaggy state of their black hair, showing them to
be of the lower order of natives. They brought also
a small dray, drawn by bullocks, with which to
transport the heavier articles of their luggage.
'Wherever you go, Mr Pemberton, with your
leave, I and mine will go too,' said farmer Greening,
as they walked along. We have been neighbours in
the old country, and you have ever been akind friend
to me, and if I can be of any use to you in choosing
land, which I ought to know something about, why,
you see, sir, it's just what I shall be glad to do.'
Mr Pemberton knew the value of the farmer's
friendship and assistance too well to decline it, and
thanked him heartily.
He had himself gone through many trials. After
enjoying a good fortune derived from West Indian
property, and living the life of a country gentleman,
he found himself, at the time he was about to send
his eldest son to the university, and his second-boy
into the navy, deprived of nearly the whole of his
income. Soon afterwards he lost his wife, a far
greater blow to his happiness, and believing that he
could best provide for his children by emigrating
to one of the colonies, with the small remainder of
his fortune, he had embarked with them for New
Zealand.
A cleared space on some rising ground overlook-
ing the harbour had been selected for encamping.
To this the property of the party was soon con-
veyed.


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WAIHOURA.







THE ENCAMPMENT. 13
Mr Pemberton had brought with him two tents,
the largest of which served as a storehouse for his
goods, and there was also space in it for beds for
himself and his sons, while a much smaller one
was appropriated to the use of Lucy and Betsy,
which Lucy had invited Mrs Greening to share with
them. The farmer and his sons, with the assistance
of the Maoris, as the New Zealanders are called,
were putting up a hut in which they might find
shelter till the land they had- purchased had been
fixed on. It was composed simply of stakes driven
into the ground, interwoven with branches of trees,
beams being secured to the top, while other branches
were placed on them and thatched with long grass,
an operation quickly performed by the Maoris.
Before dark it was in a sufficiently forward state to
afford shelter to the farmer and his sons,-some
heaps of fern, brought in by their active assistants,
serving them for beds. While the pakehas, the
strangers, as the natives call the English, slept at
one end, the four Maoris occupied the other.
Before they lay down to rest Mr Pemberton
invited them into his tent to join in family worship,
a practice he had kept up during the voyage, and
hoped in future to maintain under all. circum-
stances.
'It's a great blessing and advantage, Miss Lucy,
to be associated with a gentleman like the Squire,'
said Mrs Greening, when they returned to their
tent. 'My boys especially might be inclined to








run wild in this strange country, if they hadn't the
good example he sets before them.'
We, I am sure, shall be a mutual help to each
other, Mrs Greening,' answered Lucy. 'Your hus-
band's practical experience in farming will greatly
assist my father and brothers, and I was truly
thankful when I heard that you wished to settle
near us.'
We know what it is to have bad land, with a
high rent to pay,' observed Mrs Greening with a
sigh, and I hope, now that we are to have a farm
of our own, with a kind soil, we shall get on better
than we did in the old country. Few are ready to
work harder than my good man and our boys, and
I have never been used to be idle since I was big
enough to milk a cow.'
The following day Mr Pemberton and the
farmer, accompanied by Valentine and Paul, pre-
pared to set off, with one of the Maoris as a guide,
to inspect a block of land lately surveyed, about ten
miles from the coast, with a fine stream flowing
through it.
Before starting they surveyed from the hill the
road they were to take. At a short distance ap-
peared the outskirts of the forests, composed of the
lofty kauri, or yellow pine, kahikatea, or white pine,
the rimu, with its delicate and gently weeping
foliage, and several others, interspersed by the
shade-loving tree-fern, the most graceful of all fo-
rest trees. From the boughs hung parasites and


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WAIHOURA.







SURVEY OF THE ROAD.


creepers of brilliant hues,-some, like loose ropes
from the rigging of a ship, others, in festoons wind-
ing from stem to stem, uniting far-offtrees with their
luxuriant growth.
How shall you be able to pass through that
thick forest q' asked Lucy, of her father.
We shall have to make good use of our axes, I
suppose,' said Valentine.
We shall find but little difficulty,' observed Mr
Pemberton. Although the foliage is so dense over-
head, there is no jungle or underwood to obstruct
our passage, and in this hot weather we shall have
the advantage of travelling thoroughly shaded from
the rays of the sun. We shall find it far more
fatiguing walking over the fern land, which, at a
distance, looks so smooth and even.'
Mr Pemberton took his fowling-piece; but the
only weapons carried by the rest of the party were
their axes, to mark the trees round the land they
hoped to select. They expected not to be absent
more than three days.
Lucy and Harry accompanied them a short dis-
tance. They found, on their return, Mrs Greening
busily employed with her sons in arranging the hut,
-indeed, the good woman was never idle, and set
an example of industry which some of the other
settlers would have done wisely to follow. Leaving
her boys to go on with the work, she commenced
making preparations for dinner.
'You must let me act as your cook, Miss Lucy,'


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she said. 'You and Betsy will have enough to do,
and it's what I am used to.'
The cooking, however, was of necessity some-
what after the gipsy fashion, a pot being hung from
a triangle over a fire on the ground, and when the
pot was removed the tea-kettle took its place.
They had no difficulty in procuring provisions,
as there were several bakers in the village, and the
Maoris brought in pigs and wild-fowl, and various
roots and vegetables to the market.





CHAPTER II.

Natives arrive at Mr Pemberton's camp.-They bring with
them on a litter a young girl-Waihoura apparently very
ill.-A Doctor is sent for, and a hut is built for her accom-
modation.

-H mother! mother i Miss Lucy Betsy !
do look at the strange savages who are
coming this way,' exclaimed little To-
bias, as he rushed up to the door of the tent the
following morning. 'I never did see such wild
creatures, except once at the fair, and they were
white men painted up to make believe they had
come from foreign parts. There's no doubt about
these, though.'
Lucy and her companions being thus sum-


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moned, hurried from the tent and joined Harry
and the two young Greenings, who were standing
on the brow of the hill, watching a band of twenty
or thirty Maories, who, emerging from the forest,
were coming towards where they stood. At their
head stalked a tall savage-looking warrior. His
face, as he drew near, was seen to be thickly
covered with blue lines, some in spirals, others in
circles and curls of various devices. His black hair
was gathered in a knot at the top of his head, and se-
cured with a polished bone, while several large rings
hung from his ears. Over his shoulders was thrown
a large mat cloak, which almost completely enve-
loped his form. In one hand he carried a musket,
moreon the present occasion to add to his dignitythan
for use, as swords were formerly worn by gentlemen
in Europe. His companions had their faces tattooed,
though in a much less degree than was that of their
leader. Some wore merely long kilts round their
waists, but many had cloaks of matting. The hair
of most of them was cut short, looking like a black
mop at the top of their heads. Savages though
they looked, they walked with a dignity and free-
dom that showed they felt their own consequence
and independence. They were followed by several
women, also clothed in mats, though of a finer tex-
ture than those of the men. Their hair hung
loosely over their shoulders, and several wore a
wreath of flowers or shells, which assisted to keep
it off their eyes. Their faces were but slightly tat-
b


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tooed, the chin and lips only being marked, giving
the latter a curious blue look, which Lucy thought
detracted much from their otherwise comely appear-
ance. They were walking on either side of a small
litter, covered with boughs, and carried by four
young men.
The party of natives advanced as if about to
ascend the hill; but when the chief saw that it was
occupied by the tents, he ordered them to halt at
its base, and they immediately began to make pre-
parations for encamping, while the young men
were sent off towards the woods to collect fuel for
the fires and materials for building huts. The litter
having been placed on the ground, the women
gathered round it, as if much interested in whatever
it contained. The chief himself then approached,
and the boughs being partially removed, Lucy per-
ceived that its occupant was a young girl. The
chief seemed to be speaking to her with tender in-
terest. At length, on seeing Lucy and her com-
panions watching him, he advanced towards them.
'Oh Miss Lucy, let's run away-the savage is
coming, and I don't know what he will do,' cried
Betsy, in great alarm.
'I am sure he will not hurt us, from the gentle
way he was speaking to the young girl,' said Lucy,
holding her ground, though she felt a little nervous.
He looks terribly fierce, though,' observed Mrs
Greening. But it won't do to run away, as if we
were afraid.'


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WAIHOURA.







THE MAORI GIRL.


The chief, whose eye had been fixed on Lucy,
now approached her, and pointing to the litter,
seemed to invite her to come down and speak to
his daughter, for such she felt the girl must be.
'Oh miss, don't go,' cried Betsy. 'You don't
know what they will do ; but Lucy, struck by the
appearance of the occupant of the litter, was eager
to learn more about her, and overcoming any fears
she miglh have felt, at once accompanied the chief.
The women made way for her as she got close
to the litter. On it reclined, propped up by mat-
ting, which served as a pillow, a girl apparently of
about her own age. Her complexion was much
fairer than that of any of her companions, scarcely
darker, indeed, than a Spanish or Italian brunette.
No tattoo marks disfigured her lips or chin; her
features were regular and well-formed, and her eyes
large and clear, though at present their expression
betokened that she was suffering pain. She put out
her hand towards Lucy, who instinctively gave her
her's.
Maori girl ill, berry ill,' she said. Tell pa-
heka doctor come, or Waihoura die-paheka doctor
make Waihoura well.' Although the words may not
have been so clearly pronounced as they have been
written, Lucy at once understood their meaning.
Oh yes, I will send for a doctor,' she answered,
hoping that Dr Fraser, the surgeon who came out
with them in the ship, would be found on shore.
She beckoned to Harry, and told him to run and


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bring Dr Fraser without delay. The chief compre-
hended her intentions, and seemed well pleased
when Harry and Tobias, who also offered to go, set
off towards the village.
As no one addressed her, Lucy guessed rightly
that the Maori girl was the only person of her party
who could speak English, and curious to know how
she had learned it, she asked the question. Wai-
houra learn speak paheka tongue of missionary,'
she answered, 'but near forget now,' and she put
her hand to her brow, as if it ached. 'The doc-
tor will come soon, I hope, and give you medicine
to make you better,' said Lucy, taking the young
girl's hand, which felt hot and feverish. Waihoura
shook her head, and an expression of pain passed
across her countenance. We will pray to God,
then, to make you well,' said Lucy. He can do
everything, so be not cast down, but trust Him.'
The Maori girl fixed her large eyes on her as she
was speaking, evidently trying to understand her
meaning, though apparently she did not entirely
comprehend it.
Savage in appearance as were the people who
surrounded her, Lucy did not feel afraid of them,
while they evidently regarded her with much re-
spect. Betsy having at length gained courage, came
down the hill with Mrs Greening.
'Poor dear,' said the farmer's wife, when she
saw the Maori girl. What she wants is good food,
a comfortable bed, and a little careful nursing. If


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LUCY AND THE SICK GIRL.


we had our house up, I'll be bound we would bring
her round in the course of a few weeks, so that that
painted-faced gentleman, her father, would not know
her again.'
We would make room for her in our tent,'
said Lucy. Or, perhaps, her friends would build a
hut for her close to it; they probably would soon
put one up, and it would be far better for her to
remain with us than to return to her home.' The
chief had been watching them while they were
speaking, and seemed to understand that they were
discussing some plan for his daughter's benefit.
He spoke a few words to her.
'What say she asked, looking at Lucy, and
then pointing to her father.
We wish you to stop here and let us nurse
you,' said Lucy, trying still further to explain her
meaning by signs. The young girl's countenance
brightened, showing that she understood what Lucy
had said, and wished to accept her offer. Perhaps
the remembrance of her stay with the Mlf -...:, '
family brought some pleasing recollections to her
mind.
While they were still speaking, a person was
seen hurrying along the somewhat dusty road which
led from the village, and Lucy soon recognized Mr
Nicholas Spears.
Has not he come yet ?' he exclaimed, as he
drew near. Dr Fraser, I mean. I met Master
Harry, and that big lout Tobias. I beg your par-


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don, Mrs Greening. I did not see you were there,
and so I told them I would find him and send him
on; so I did, for I understood from them that a
princess, or some great person, wanted his services.
If he has not come I must go back and hurry him.
Is that the princess ? She don't look much like
one, however, she may be a princess for all that.
Your servant, Miss, and that old gentleman, with
the curious marks on his face, is her father, I sup-
pose? Your servant, sir,' he added, making the
chief a bow with his broad brimmed hat.
The chief bent his head in acknowledgment,
and seemed somewhat inclined to rub noses with
the little man as a further sign of his good-will; but
Mr Spears sprang back in alarm, evidently thinking
it safer to keep at a distance from the savage look-
ing warrior; observing, however, the confidence
shown by Lucy and her companions, he walked
round them once or twice, gazing at them as if they
had been wild beasts at a show. As he passed again
near Lucy, she reminded him of his promise to look
for Dr Fraser, and much to her satisfaction, off he
set at full speed.
In a short time the doctor was seen coming along
the road, followed by Harry and Tobias.
'Oh, Dr Fraser, I am so glad you are come,' said
Lucy. Here is a sweet interesting Maori girl, and
she is very ill, I fear. Can you do anything for her '
SI am afraid, Miss Lucy, unless she can speak
English, or we have an efficient interpreter, there


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may be some difficulty in ascertaining her disease,
but I will do my best.'
Oh, she understands a little English,' said Lucy,
'and seems very intelligent.'
The doctor approached the litter, and stooping
down, remained some time by the girl's side, asking
her questions, and endeavouring to comprehend her
answers.
Unless I can have her for some time as my
patient, I fear, Miss Pemberton, that I cannot do
much for her,' he said at length. My lodgings are
very small, and I suspect that among the settlers
there are none who would be willing to receive her.'
Lucy then told him of the plan she and Mrs Green-
ing had proposed. That would certainly afford the
best prospect of her recovery,' he answered. 'If
we can explain that to her friends, perhaps they
would be willing to allow her to remain.'
Lucy was very glad to hear this, for she already
felt a deep interest in the young Maori girl.
There is her father,' said Lucy, pointing to the
chief, 'perhaps you can make him understand what
we propose.'
'I will try,' said Dr Fraser, but, if not, I must
get Mr Clifton, the surveyor, who speaks their lan-
guage, to explain it to him.'
The chief, who had been looking on all the time
with an expression of anxiety visible on his stern
countenance, now drew near, and with the assistance
of his daughter, was made to comprehend hi t ,il.ii


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new friends proposed. He stopped some time,
apparently considering the matter, and then having
consulted with several of his companions, he re-
turned, and taking Lucy's hand, placed it in that
of Waihoura, as if confiding her to her care.
But we must make them understand that they
must build her a comfortable house,' said Lucy.
This the doctor managed to do without much diffi-
culty, and leading the chief up the hill, showed the
position in which he wished it to be placed.
The natives, who appeared to render implicit
obedience to their chief, immediately went off to
cut timber. The doctor, meantime, marked the
dimensions of the building, and showed the height
he desired to have it, which was nearly three times
that of the ordinary native huts.
We must have a proper door and a couple of
windows, too,' he remarked. 'The poor girl requires
fresh air more than anything else,-probably she has
been shut up in the smoke and heat of a native hut,
and unless we have one of a very different character,
she will have little chance of recovery.'
Idle and averse to work, as Lucy heard that the
Maoris were, she was pleased to see the rapid way
in which they erected the hut. While some dug
the holes for the posts, and others cut them down,
a third party brought them up the hill. They were
evidently surprised at the size of the building, and
uttered numerous exclamations of astonishment when
the doctor made them understand that it must be in


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WAIHOURA.







BUILDING A HUT.


no respect smaller than he proposed. Harry, with
James and Tobias, got their spades and levelled the
ground for the floor, rendering considerable assist-
ance also in 1; the holes.
Among the articles Mr Pemberton had brought
were several doors and window sashes, intended for
his own cottage. Lucy suggested that these should
be unpacked, and a door and two windows be used
for the hut.
I am sure that my father will not object,' she
said, 'and it will make the house much more com-
fortable.'
'I wish that all our countrymen had as much
consideration for the natives as you show, Miss
Lucy,' observed the doctor, and I feel sure Mr
Pemberton will approve of what you propose doing.'
The door and two windows were accordingly fixed,
the Maoris showing themselves very expert car-
penters.
The doctor having seen that the plan he pro-
posed for the house was likely to be properly carried
out, returned to the town to get some medicine,
while Mrs Greening arranged a comfortable English
bed, in which his patient might be placed.
Before nightfall the hut was completely finished.
Mrs Greening removed her own bedding to it, that,
as she said, she could be at hand to attend to the
young native girl; and Dr Fraser having given her
some medicine, took his departure, promising to
come back early the next morning.


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WAIHOURA.


The chief showed by his manner the perfect
confidence he placed in his new friends, and leaving
his daughter in their charge, he and his companions
retired to the foot of the hill, where they spent the
night round their camp fire.
Lucy sat for some time by the side of Waihoura,
who showed no inclination to go to sleep; she evi-
dently was astonished at finding herself in an Eng-
lish bed, and watched over by a fair paheka girl
instead of her own dark skinned people. She talked
on for some time, till at length her words grew
more and more indistinct, and closing her eyes, to
Lucy's satisfaction, she fell asleep.
Now, do you go back to your tent,' said Mrs
Greening. I'll look after the little girl, and if I
hear any noise I'll be up in a moment and call you
or Betsy; but don't be fancying you will be wanted,
the little girl will do well enough, depend on that.'
Lucy very unwillingly retired to her tent, and
was much surprised when she awoke to find that it
was already daylight.




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CHAPTER III.


Dr Fraser arrives with Mr Marlow, a missionary, who recog-
nises Waihonra.-- e persuades her father to allow her to
remain.-Return of Mr Pemberton, who has selected his
land, and begins to settle on it.-The farm described.-He
leaves them again for it accompanied by Mr Spears.-
Waihoura recovers and learns English, while Lucy learns
Maori.-A vessel arrives with sheep, some of which the
doctor buys, and are looked after by Toby.-Lucy tries to
explain the Gospel to Waihoura.

' I AM not quite happy about her, Miss
Lucy,' said Mrs Greening, when Lucy,
as soon as she was dressed, went into
the hut. 'If she was an English girl I should
know what to do, but these natives have odd ways,
which puzzle me.'
The young Maori girl lay as she had been placed
on the bed, with her eyes open, but without moving
or speaking. There was a strange wild look in her
countenance, so Lucy thought, which perplexed her.
'I wish the doctor were here,' she said; 'if he
does not come soon, we will send Harry to look for
him.'
Little Tobias shall go at once, Miss,' answered
Mrs Greening. The run will do him no harm,
even if he misses the doctor.'
Tobias was called, and taking his stick in hand,
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the young giant set off at a round trot down the
hill.
Lucy sat watching the sick girl, while Mrs
Greening and Betsy made preparations for break-
fast. Every now and then she cast an anxious
glance through the open doorway, in the hopes of
seeing the doctor coming up the hill.
'Oh how sad it would be if she were to die in
her present heathen state; when should she re-
cover, she may have an opportunity of learning the
blessed truths of the gospel,' thought Lucy. 'How
thankful I should feel could I tell her of the love
of Christ, and how He died for her sake, and for
that of all who accept the gracious offers of salva-
tion freely made to them. I must try, as soon as
possible, to learn her language, to be able to speak
to her.'
Such and similar thoughts occupied Lucy's mind
for some time. At length, turning round and look-
ing through the open doorway, she saw several
natives coming up the hill. She recognized the
first as VWaihoura's father. The party approached
the hut, and stopped before the entrance.
Dear me, here comes some of those savage
looking natives,' exclaimed Mrs Greening. What
shall we say to them I hope they are not come
to take the poor little girl away.'
'I will try and make them understand that we
have sent for the doctor, and that if they wish her
to recover, they must let her remain under his


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THE INTERPRETER.


charge,' said Lucy, rising and going to the door.
Though still feeling somewhat nervous in the pre-
sence of the Maoris, her anxiety to benefit Wai-
houra gave her courage, and she endeavoured, by
signs, to make the chief understand what she
wished. She then led him to the bedside of his
daughter, who lay as unconscious as before. He
stood for some time gazing down at her, the work-
ing of his countenance showing his anxiety.
Lucy felt greatly relieved on hearing Toby's
voice shouting out, 'The doctor's coming mother,
I ran on before to tell you, and there's a gentleman
with him who knows how to talk to the savages.'
In a short time the doctor arrived, accompanied
by an Englishman of middle age, with a remarkably
intelligent and benignant expression of countenance.
'Mr Marlow kindly agreed to come with me,'
said Dr Fraser. 'He understands the Maori lan-
guage, and I shall now be able to communicate with
my patient, and to explain to her friends what is
necessary to be done to afford her a prospect of
recovery.'
'I am afraid she is very ill,' said Lucy, as she
led the doctor and Mr Marlow into the hut. The
latter addressed the young girl in a low gentle voice.
At first she paid no attention, but at length her
eyes brightened and her lips moved. Mr Marlow
continued speaking, a smile lighted up her coun-
tenance. She replied, and taking his hand, pressed
it to her lips.


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'I thought so,' he said, turning to Lucy, 'we
are old acquaintances. When still a child, she was
for a short time at my missionary school, but her
father resisted the truth, and took her away.
Through God's providence she may once more
have an opportunity of hearing the message of
salvation. We must endeavour to persuade Ihaka,
her father, to allow her to remain. He loves his
daughter, and though unconscious of the value of
her soul, for the sake of preserving her life, he may
be induced to follow our advice.'
Dr Fraser, through Mr Marlow, put several
questions to Waihoura, and then administered some
medicine he had brought, leaving a further portion
with Mrs Greening, to be given as he directed.
Mr Marlow then addressed Ihaka the chief,
who seemed to listen to him with great attention.
He told him what the English doctor had said, and
urged him, as he loved his daughter, to leave her
under his care. Ihaka at first hesitated, unwilling
to be separated from his child. Mr Marlow pressed
the point with great earnestness, and at length the
chief signified his readiness to comply with the
doctor's advice.
'Tell him if he restores my daughter, I and my
people will be friends to him and the pahekas, for
his sake, for ever,' he said, pointing to Dr Fraser.
'The life of your daughter, as well as that of
all human beings, is in the hands of the great God
who rules this world, and allows not a sparrow to


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fall to the ground without knowing it,' answered
Mr Marlow. 'The doctor is but His instrument,
Sand can only exert the knowledge which has been
given him. To that loving God we will kneel in
Sprayer, and petition that she may be restored to
Healthh'
Saying this, Mr Marlow summoned the English
lads; and Betsy, who had hitherto kept at a dis-
tance, and kneeling on the ground, offered up an
earnest prayer to God, that if it was in accordance
with His will, and for the benefit of the young
Maori girl, He would spare her life. All present
earnestly repeated the Amen,' with which he con-
cluded his prayer. The savages, during the time,
stood round in respectful silence; and, though not
understanding the words uttered, were evidently
fully aware of the purpose of what had been said.
Ihaka once more entering the hut, Waihoura
recognized him. Taking her hand, he beckoned
Lucy and Mrs Greening to approach, and placed it
in theirs, as if confiding her to their charge.
'Please, sir,' said Mrs Greening to Mr Marlow,
tell the chief we will do the best we can for his
little girl. She is a sweet young creature, and I
little expected to find such among the savages out
here.'
They have hearts and souls, my dear lady, as
we have, and though their colour is .li.:..,t to
ours, God cares for them as He does for us.'
The chief seemed content, and after again ad-


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dressing the missionary, he and his people took
their departure.
'The savages are all going mother,' exclaimed
little Tobias some time afterwards, as he came
puffing and blowing up the hill. 'I could not
feel quite comfortable while they were near us, and
I am glad that we are rid of them.'
'We should not judge from outside looks,
Tobias,' remarked Mrs Greening. As the good
missionary said just now, they have hearts and
souls like ours, and I am sure that chief, fierce and
savage as he looks, loves his daughter as much as
any English father can do.'
Dr Fraser and Mr Marlow had before this
returned to the town, promising to come back in
the evening to see how their patient was getting
on.
The consumption of firewood in the camp was
considerable, as Mrs Greening kept up a good fire
in the open air for the cooking operations. Harry
and Tobias had brought in a i1 -11 ; the morning,
and Harry's hands and clothes gave evidence how
hard he had laboured.
'We shall want some more wood before morn-
ing,' observed Mrs Greening, turning to her sons.
'I am ready to go again,' said Harry, if James
will stay in the camp.'
'No; Master Harry, its my turn to go if you
will stop behind,' said James.
'If you wish it I'll stay,' replied Harry. 'One


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THE SENTINEL.


of us ought to remain, or strangers coming up to
the camp might be troublesome, and I would not
permit that.'
While James and Tobias set off with axes in
their hands, and pieces of rope to bind their -_.:. -.
Harry got his gun, and began to march up and
down on guard. He evidently considered himself
like a sentinel in the presence of an enemy. Now
he looked on one side of the hill, now on the other.
No person could have entered the camp without
receiving his challenge.
He had thus been passing up and down for
some time, when he caught sight, in the distance, of
some persons emerging from the forest.
'Here they come,' he shouted out, 'Papa and
Valentine, Mr Greening and Paul, and the two
natives who went with them.' He was examining
them with his spy-glass. Yes, its them, and they
will soon be here. Pray get supper ready, Mrs
Greening, depend upon it they will be very hungry
after their long march.'
Mrs Greening, aided by Betsy, at once got her
pots and saucepans on the fire.
'Harry, though feeling much inclined to run
down and meet the party, restrained his eagerness.
'A sentry must not quit his post,' he said to him-
self, 'though no harm will happen, I'll keep to
mine on principle.'
In a short time Mr Pemberton, with his com-
panions, appeared at the foot of the hill. Lucy ran


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down to meet them, eager to welcome her father,
and to tell him about Waihoura.
SI am glad you can be of assistance to the
young girl, and it is most desirable that we should
be able to show our friendly disposition towards the
natives,' he observed.
Oh, I do so hope she will recover,' said Lucy.
' But I am afraid that some time must pass before
she is well enough to be moved.'
'That would decide me in a plan I propose,'
said Mr Pemberton. 'Greening and I have settled
our ground, and I hope that we may be put in pos-
session of it in a day or two; we will then leave you
here with Harry and Tobias, while we go back and
build our houses, and make preparations for your
reception.'
'Lucy had expected to set out as soon as the
ground was chosen; but as she could not hope that
Waihoura would be in a fit state to be moved for
some time, she felt that the arrangement now pro-
posed was the best.
Mr Pemberton and farmer Greening were
highly pleased with the ground they had selected.
We propose to place our houses on the slope
of a hill, which rises within a quarter of a mile of
the river,' he observed. 'Greening will take one
side and I the other. Our grounds extend from
the river to the hill, and a little way beyond it;
when the high road is formed, which will, from the
nature of the country, pass close to our farm, we


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GROUND SELECTED.


shall have both land and water communication.
Close also to the foot of the hill, a village probably
will be built, so that we shall have the advantage
of neighbours. Among other advantages, our land
is but slightly timbered, though sufficiently so to
afford us an ample supply of wood for building,
and as much as we shall require for years to come
for fencing and fuel. From the spot I have chosen
for our house, we have a view over the country in
this direction, so that, with our telescope, we can
distinguish the vessels, as they come into the har-
bour, or pass along the coast.'
'We shall have plenty of fishing too, Harry,'
exclaimed Valentine. 'And we may, if we go a
little distance, fall in with wild boars and plenty of
birds, though there are none which we should call
game in England.'
'Oh! how I long to be there, and begin our
settlers' life in earnest,' said Harry. 'I hope the
little savage girl will soon get well enough to move.'
'I wish we could be with you also to help you
in the work,' said Lucy. 'How can you manage to
cook without us I'
'Valentine and Paul have become excellent
cooks, and though we shall miss your society, we
shall not starve,' observed Mr Pemberton.
SOur camp life is a very pleasant one,' remarked
Valentine. 'For my part I shall be rather sorry
when it is over, and we have to live inside a house,
and go to bed regularly at night.'


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This conversation took place while they were
seated at supper on the ground in front of the
large tent. It was interrupted by the arrival of
Mr Fraser, accompanied by Mr Marlow, to see
Waihoura.
She is going on favourably,' said the doctor,
as he came out; 'but she requires great care, and I
feel sure that had you not taken charge of her, her
life would have been lost. Now, however, I trust
that she will recover. Mr M\ il,,..- will let her
father understand how much he is indebted to you,
as it is important that you should secure the friend-
ship a chief of his power and influence.'
In two days Mr Pemberton and farmer Green-
ing were ready to start for their intended location.
Each had purchased a strong horse, and these were
harnessed to a light dray, which Mr Pemberton had
bought. It was now loaded with all the articles
they required, and sufficient provisions and stores
to last them till their cottages were put up, and
they could return for the rest of the party. By
that time it was hoped that the young Maori girl
would be in a fit state to be moved.
I will not let her, if I can help it, go back to
her own people,' said Lucy. 'She will become, I
am sure, attached to ts. I may be of use to her,
and she will teach me her language, and it will be
interesting to learn from her the habits and customs
of the natives.'
Yes, indeed, it would be a pity to let the poor


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START FOR THE NEW LOCATION. 37
little girl turn again into a savage,' observed Mr
Greening. I can't fancy that their ways are good
ways, or suited to a Christian girl, and that I hope,
as Miss Lucy says, she will turn into before long.'
It had been arranged that Lucy and Betsy
should take up their abode in the large tent, in
which there was now sufficient room for their accom-
modation, the small one being packed up for Mr
Pemberton's use.
The dray being loaded, the farmer went to the
horses' heads, and the young men, with the two
Maoris, going on either side to keep back the
wheels, it slowly descended the hill.
'We shall not make a very rapid journey,'
observed Valentine. But we shall be content if
we come to the end of it in time without a break
down.'
Harry felt very proud at being left in charge of
the camp, and Tobias promised that there should
be no lack of firewood or water, while he could cut
the one, and draw the other from the sparkling
stream which ran at the foot of the hill.
We shall do very well, never fear, sir,' said Mrs
Greening to Mr Pemberton, 'and as soon as you
and my good man come back, we shall be ready to
start.'
Just as her father had wished Lucy good-bye,
Mr Spears, with a pack on his back,- and a stout
stick in his hand, was observed coming up the hill.
'Just in time, neighbour,' he exclaimed, as he









came up to Mr Pemberton. 'I found out, at the
surveyor's office, where you had selected your land,
and I made up my mind at once to take a piece of
ground close to it. As I am all alone, I have only
bought a few acres, but that will be enough to
build a house on, and to have a garden and paddock.
With your leave I'll accompany you. There are
several more of our fellow passengers who will
select land on the same block when they hear that
you and I have settled on it, and we shall soon
have, I hope, a pleasant society about us. We shall
all be able to help each other, that's the principle
I go on.'
Mr Pemberton told Mr Spears that he was very
willing to have him as a companion on the journey,
and that he was glad to hear that a settlement was
likely soon to be formed near him. He was well
aware that the differences of social rank could not
be maintained in a new colony, and he had made
up his mind to be courteous and kind to all around
him, feeling assured that all the respect he could
require would thus be paid him by his neighbours.
He at once gave a proof of his good intentions.
'Your pack is heavy, Mr Spears, and we can
easily find room on our waggon for it,' he said, and
taking off the pack, he secured it to the vehicle
which they had just then overtaken.
Thank you, good sir, thank you,' answered Mr
Spears, as he walked forward, with a jaunty elastic
step, highly pleased at being relieved of his some-


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WAIHOURA.







LEARNING LANGUAGES.


what heavy burden. One good turn deserves
another, and I hope that I may have many oppor-
tunities of repaying it.'
Mr Pemberton had promised Lucy to send over,
from time to time, to let' her know what progress
was made, and to obtain intelligence in return from
her. Notwithstanding this, she looked forward
eagerly to the day when he would come back to
take her and the rest of the party to their new
abode. Though she did her best to find employ-
ment, the time would have hung somewhat heavily
on her hands had she not had Waihoura to attend
to.
The Maori girl, in a short time, so far recovered
as to be able to sit up and try to talk. She seemed
as anxious to become acquainted with English as
Lucy was to learn her language. They both got
on very rapidly, for though Waihoura had some
difficulty in pronouncing English words, she seldom
forgot the name of a thing when she had once
learned it. She would ask Lucy to say the word
over and over again, then pronouncing it after her.
At the end of a week she could speak a good many
English sentences. Lucy made almost as rapid
progress in Maori, she having the advantage of
several books to assist her, and at length the two
girls were in a limited degree able to exchange
ideas.
No one in the camp, however, was idle. Harry,
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to night in manufacturing some article which he
thought likely to prove useful. Betsy either went
with Tobias to cut wood, or bring up water, or
assist Mrs Greening, and frequently accompanied
her into the town when she went marketing; and
sometimes Tobias, when he was not wanted to cut
wood, went with his mother.
One day he came back with the information
that a vessel, which had come to an anchor in the
morning, had brought over from Australia several
head of cattle, and a large flock of sheep.
'I wish father were here, he would be down on
the shore, and buying some of them pretty quickly,'
he exclaimed.
'Could we not send to let him know,' said
Lucy. 'Harry, I heard papa say, too, that he
wished to purchase a small flock of sheep as soon
as he could find any at a moderate price. I should
so like to have charge of them. I have always
thought the life of a shepherd or shepherdess the
most delightful in the world.'
Harry laughed. 'I suspect when it began to
rain hard, and your sheep ran away and got lost in
the mountains and woods, you would wish yourself
sewing quietly by the fireside at home, and your
sheep at Jericho,' he exclaimed, continuing his
laughter. Still I should be very glad if we could
get the sheep, though I am afraid they will all be
sold before we can receive papa's answer.'
While the conversation was going on, Dr Fraser


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WAIHOURA.







PURCHASE OF SHEEP.


arrived to see Waihoura. Harry told him that he
would very much like to send to his father to give
notice of the arrival of the sheep.
Would you like to turn shepherd V asked the
doctor.
'I should like nothing better, for I could take
my books with me, or anything I had to make, and
look after the sheep at the same time; it would
suit me better than Lucy, who has a fancy to turn
shepherdess, and have a crook, and wear a straw
hat set on one side of her head, surrounded with a
garland, just as we see in pictures.'
'I suspect Miss Lucy would find home duties
more suited to her,' said the doctor; 'but if you,
Harry, will undertake to look after a small flock of
sheep, I think I may promise to put one under
your charge, and to give you a portion of the in-
crease as payment. I was thinking of buying a
hundred sheep, but hesitated from not knowing
any one I could trust to to keep them. From what
I have seen of you, I am sure you will do your best;
and as your father and farmer Greening will pro-
bably purchase some more, they will run together
till they are sufficiently numerous to form separate
flocks. If you will write a letter to your father I
will send a messenger off at once,' said the doctor.
' Indeed, so certain am I that they would wish to
purchase some, that I will, when I go back, make
an offer for a couple of hundred in addition to mine.'
The next day the doctor told them that he


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had purchased the sheep as he had proposed, and he
brought a letter from Mr Pemberton thanking him
for doing so, and saying that they had made such
good progress in their work, that they hoped, in
another week, to come back for the rest of the
party.
I am rather puzzled to know what to do with
the sheep in the meantime,' said the doctor. I
cannot entrust them to natives, and there is not a
European in the place who has not his own affairs
to look after. What do you say, Harry, can you
and Tobias take care of them V'
'I cannot quit my post,' answered Harry,
though he was longing to go and see the sheep.
'If -they were sent up here, I could watch them,
but I am afraid they would not remain on the hill
while there is better pasture below.'
Tobias could take charge of them, sir,' said
Mrs Greening. 'And if we had our old dog
"Rough," I'll warrant not one would go astray.'
'Rough,' who had accompanied farmer Green-
ing all the way from England, had mysteriously
disappeared the morning of their arrival; he could
not be found before they had quitted the ship, and
they had since been unable to discover him.
That is curious,' said the doctor; for this
morning, when I bought the sheep, a man offered
me a shepherd's dog for sale. I told him that
should he not in the meantime have found a pur-
chaser, I would treat with him in the evening after


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I had seen the dog. Should he prove to be
" Rough," I will not fail to purchase him.'
Tobias, on hearing this, was very eager to ac-
company Dr Fraser.
The old dog will know me among a thousand,
and the man will have a hard job to hold him in,
he observed, grinning from ear to ear.
The doctor, after he had seen Waihoura, told
Lucy she need have no further anxiety about her
friend, who only required good food and care com-
pletely to recover.
'I must get Ar Marlow to see her father, and
persuade him to allow her to remain with you, and
he may assure him very truly that she will probably
fall ill again if she goes back again to her own
people,' he said.
Tobias accompanied the doctor into the town in
the hopes of hearing about his favourite 'Rough.'
He had not been long absent, when back he came
with his shaggy friend at his heels.
'Here he is mother, here he is Master Harry,'
he shouted. 'I know'd how it would be, the
moment he caught sight of me, he almost toppled
the man who held him down on his nose, and so
he would if the rope hadn't broken, and in another
moment he was licking me all over. The doctor
gave the man a guinea; but I said it was a shame
for him to take it, and so did everybody, for they
saw that the dog knew me among twenty or thirty
standing round. The man sneaked off, and Rough "


' ROUGH.'


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came along with me. Now I must go back and
bring the sheep round here to the foot of the hill.
There's some ground the surveyor says that we may
put them on till we can take them to our own run,
but we must give Rough his dinner first, for I'll
warrant the fellow has not fed him over well.'
'Rough' wagged his stump of a tail to signify
he understood his young master's kind intentions,
and Mrs Greening soon got a mess ready, which
'Rough' swallowed up in a few moments, and
looked up into Toby's face, as much as to say, what
do you want with me next V
Come along "Rough," I'll show you,' said
Toby, as he set off at a round trot down the hill.
The party at the camp watched him with no
little pleasure, when a short time afterwards, he,
with the aid of Rough,' was seen driving a flock of
sheep from the town past the hill to a meadow
partly enclosed by a stream which made its way
into the sea, a short distance off. 'Rough' ex-
hibited his wonderful intelligence, as he dashed
now on one side, now on the other, keeping the
sheep together, and not allowing a single one to
stray away. It was a difficult task for Toby and
him, for the sheep, long pent up on board ship,
made numberless attempts to head off into the in-
terior, where their instinct told them they would
find an abundance of pasture. Without the assist-
ance of ough,' Toby would have found it impos-
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RECOVERY OF WAIHOURA. 40
when there, he and his dog had to exert all their
vigilance to keep them together. Harry was sorely
tempted to go down to assist. 'I must not quit
my post though,' he said. 'As soon as I am re-
lieved, then I'll try if I cannot shepherd as well as
Toby. It seems to me that "Rough" does the
chief part of the work.'
The doctor had engaged a couple of natives to
assist Toby in looking after the sheep, but he was
so afraid of losing any, that he would only come up
to the camp for a few minutes at a time to take his
meals, and to get Rough's' food. The Maoris
had built him a small hut, where he passed the
night, with the flock lying down close to him, kept
together by the vigilant dog. The Maoris were,
however, very useful in bringing firewood and
water to the camp.
Waihoura was now well enough to walk about.
Lucy had given her one of her own frocks and
some other clothes, and she and Betsy took great
pains to dress her in a becoming manner, they
combed and braided her dark tresses, which they
adorned with a few wild flowers that Betsy had
picked, and when her costume was complete, Mrs
Greening, looking at her with admiration, exclaimed,
'Well, I never did think that a little savage girl
could turn into a young lady so soon.' Waihoura,
who had seen herself in a looking-glass, was evi-
dently very well satisfied with her appearance, and
clapped her hands with delight, and then ran to








Lucy and rubbed her nose against her's, and kissed
her, to express her gratitude.
'Now that you are like us outside, you must
become like us inside,' said Lucy, employing a
homely way of speaking such as her Maori friend
was most likely to understand. We pray to God,
you must learn to pray to Him. We learn about
Him in the Book through which He has made Him-
self known to us as a God of love and mercy, as
well as a God of justice, who desires all people to
come to Him, and has shown us the only way by
which we can come. You understand, all people
have disobeyed God, and are rebels, and are treated
as such by Him. The evil spirit, Satan, wishes to
keep us rebels, and away from God. God in His
love desires us to be reconciled to Him; but we all
deserve punishment, and He cannot, as a God of
justice, let us go unpunished. In His great mercy,
however, He permitted another to be punished for
us, and He allowed His well-beloved Son Jesus
Christ, a part of Himself, to become the person to
suffer punishment. Jesus came down on earth to
be obedient in all things, because man had been
disobedient. He lived a holy pure life, going about
doing good, even allowing Himself to be cruelly
treated, to be despised and put to shame by the
very people among whom He had lived, and to
whom He had done so much good. Then, because
man justly deserves punishment, He willingly under-
went one of the most painful punishments ever


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LUCY TEACHING WAIHOURA.


thought of, thus suffering instead of man. When
nailed to the cross, His side was pierced with a
spear, and the blood flowed forth, that the sacrifice
might be complete and perfect. Then He rose
again, to prove that He was truly God, and that all
men will rise from the dead; and He ascended into
heaven, there to plead with the Father for all who
trust Him, and to claim our freedom from punish-
ment, on the ground that He was punished in our
stead.'
'Jesus sent also, as He had promised, the Holy
Spirit to dwell on earth with His people, to be
their Comforter, their Guide and Instructor, and to
enable them to understand and accept His Father's
loving plan of salvation, which He had so fully and
completely carried out.'
'Do you understand my meaning,' said Lucy,
who felt that she had said more than Waihoura
was likely to comprehend.
She shook her head. Lucy not bad woman;'
pointing to Mrs Greening, not bad; Maori girl
bad, Maori people very bad,' she answered slowly.
'God no love Maori people.'
But we are all bad when compared to Him-
all unfit to go and live in His pure and holy pre-
sence,' exclaimed Lucy. 'And in spite of their
wickedness, God loves the Maori people as much
as He does us; their souls are of the same value in
His sight as ours, and He desires that all should
come to Him and be saved.'


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Why God not take them then, and make them
good .' asked Waihoura.
Because He in His wisdom thought fit to create
man a free agent, to give him the power of choosing
between the good and the evil. Why He allows
evil to exist, He has not revealed to us. All we
know is that evil does exist, and that Satan is the
prince of evil, and tries to spread it everywhere
throughout the world. God, if He chose, could
overcome evil, but then this world would no longer
be a place of trial, as He has thought fit to make it.
He has not left man, however, without a means of
conquering evil. Jesus Christ came down on earth
to present those means to man; they are very simple,
and can very easily be made use of; so simple and
so easy that man would never have thought of them.
Man has nothing to do in order to get rid of his
sins, to become pure and holy, and thus fit to live
in the presence of a pure and holy God. He has
only to put faith in Jesus Christ, who, though free
from sin, as I have told you, took our sins upon
Himself, and was punished in our stead, while we
have only to turn from sin, and to desire not to sin
again. We are, however, so prone to sin, that we
could not do even this by ourselves; but Christ,
knowing our weakness, has, as He promised, when
He ascended into heaven, sent His Holy Spirit to
be with us to help us to hate sin, and to resist sin.'
Lucy kept her eyes fixed on her friend to try
and ascertain if she now more clearly understood her.


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LUCY ON PRAYER.


Waihoura again shook her head. Lucy felt con-
vinced that her knowledge of English was still too
imperfect to enable her to comprehend the subject.
' I must try more than ever to learn to speak
Maori,' she said, 'and then perhaps I shall better
be able to explain what I mean.'
'Maori girl want to know much, much, much,'
answered Waihoura, taking Lucy's hand. 'Maori
girl soon die perhaps, and then wish to go away
where Lucy go.'
Ah, yes, it is natural that we should wish to
be with those we have loved on earth, but if we
understand the surpassing love of Jesus, we should
desire far more to go and dwell with Him. Try
and remember, Waihoura, that we have a Friend
in heaven who loves us more than any earthly
friend can do, who knows how weak and foolish
and helpless we are, and yet is ever ready to listen
to us, and to receive us when we lift up our hearts
to Him in prayer.'
'IMaori girl not know how to pray,' said Wai-
houra, sorrowfully.
'I cannot teach you,' said Lucy, but if you
desire to pray, Jesus can and will send the Holy
Spirit I told you of. If you only wish to pray, I
believe that you are praying, the mere words you
utter are of little consequence, God sees into our
hearts, and He knows better than even we our-
selves do, whether the spirit of prayer is there.'
'I am afraid, Miss Lucy, that the little girl
d


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can't take in much of the beautiful things you have
been saying,' observed Mrs Greening, who had all
the time been listening attentively. But I have
learned more than I knew before, and I only wish
Tobias and the rest of them had been here to listen
to you.'
I am very sure my father will explain the
subject to them more clearly than I can do,' said
Lucy, modestly. 'I have only repeated what he
said to me, and what I know to be true, because I
have found it all so plainly set forth in God's Word.
My father always tells us not to take anything we
hear for granted till we find it there, and that it is
our duty to search the Scriptures for ourselves. It
is because people are often too idle, or too ignorant
to do this, that there is so much false doctrine and
error among nominal Christians. I hope Mr Mar-
low will pay us a visit when we are settled in our
new home, and bring a Maori Bible with him, and
he will be able to explain the truth to Waihoura
far better than I can. You will like to learn to
read, Waihoura, and we must get some books, and
I will try and teach you, and you will teach me
your language at the same time.
Lucy often spoke on the same subject to her
guest; but, as was to be expected, Waihoura very
imperfectly understood her. With more experience
she would have known that God often thinks fit to
try the faith and patience even of the most earnest
and zealous Christians who are striving to make


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RETURN TO THE CAMP.


known the truth of the gospel to others. The faith-
ful missionary has often toiled on for years among
the heathen before he has been allowed to see the
fruit of his labours.




CHAPTER IV.

Return of waggon to the cr.anp for Lucy and the rest of the
party, who set off for the farm.-Scenery on the road.-
Arrival at farm.-Mr Spears again.-Plans for the future.

HERE comes the waggon,' shouted Harry,
as he stood on the brow of the hill
waving his hat. There's farmer Green-
ing and Val. Papa has sent for us at last.'
Harry was right, and Val announced that he had
come for all the lighter articles, including Lucy and
her companions, who were to set out at once with
farmer Greening, while he, with a native, remained
to take care of the heavier goods.
The waggon was soon loaded, leaving places
within it for Lucy and Waihoura, Mrs Greening
and Betsy insisting on walking.
Now Val, I hand over my command to you,
and see that you keep as good a watch as I have
done,' said Harry, as he shook hands with his
brother. I must go and take charge of the sheep.'
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had assumed. There's the right stuff in the little
fellow,' he said to himself, as he watched him and
young Tobias driving the sheep in the direction the
waggon had taken.
Lucy was delighted with the appearance of the
country, as they advanced, though she could not
help wishing very frequently that the road had
been smoother; indeed, the vehicle bumped and
rolled about so much at times that she fully ex-
pected a break down. Waihoura, who had never
been in a carriage before, naturally supposed that
this was the usual way in which such vehicles
moved along, and therefore appeared in no degree
alarmed. She pointed out to Lucy the names of
the different trees they passed, and of the birds
which flew by. Lucy was struck with the beauty
of the fern trees, their long graceful leaves spring-*
ing twenty and thirty feet from the ground; some,
indeed, in sheltered and damp situations, were twice
that height, having the appearance of the palm
trees of tropical climates. The most beautiful tree
was the rimu, which rose without a branch to sixty
or seventy feet, with graceful drooping foliage of a
beautiful green, resembling clusters of feathers;
then there was the kahikatea, or white pine, resem-
bling the rimu in foliage, but with a light coloured
bark. One or.two were seen rising ninety feet high
without a branch. There were numerous creepers,
some bearing very handsome flowers, and various
shrubs; one, the karaka, like a large laurel, with


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golden coloured berries in clusters, which contrasted
finely with the glossy greenness of its foliage. Some
of the fruits were like large plums, very tempting in
appearance; but when Lucy tasted some, which the
farmer picked for her, she was much disappointed
in their flavour. The best was the poro poro, which
had a taste between that of apple peel and a bad
strawberry.
Birds were flitting about from tree to tree; the
most common was the tui, with a glossy black
plumage, and two white feathers on the throat like
bands, and somewhat larger than an English black-
bird, which appeared always in motion, now dart-
ing up from some low bush to the topmost bough
of a lofty tree, when it began making a number of
strange noises, with a wonderful volume of tone.
If one tui caught sight of another, they commenced
fighting, more in sport, apparently, than in earnest,
and ending with a wild shout they would throw a
summer-set or two, and then dart away into the
bush to recommence their songs and shouts. There
was a fine pigeon, its plumage richly shaded with
green purple and gold, called the kukupa. Occa-
sionally they caught sight of a large brown parrot,
marked with red, flying about the tops of the tallest
trees, and uttering a loud and peculiar cry, this was
the kaka. Waihoura pointed out to Lucy another
bird of the parrot tribe, of a green plumage, touched
with gold about the head, and which she called the
kakarica.


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BIRDS.









As the waggon could only proceed at a snail's
pace, they had made good but half the distance,
when they had to stop for dinner by the side of a
bright stream which ran through the forest. The
horses, which were tethered, cropped the grass, and
Mrs Greening unpacked her cooking utensils.
While dinner was getting ready, Waihoura led
Lucy along the bank of the stream to show her
some more birds. They saw several, among them
an elegant little fly-catcher, with a black and white
plumage, and a delicate fan-tail, which flew rapidly
about picking up sun-flies, this was the tirakana.
And there was another pretty bird, the makomako,
somewhat like a green linnet. Several were singing
together, and their notes reminded Lucy of the soft
tinkling of numerous little bells.
They had seen nothing of Harry and Tobias
with the sheep since starting, and farmer Greening
began to regret that he had not sent one of his
elder sons to drive them.
Never fear, father,' observed Mrs Greening,
'our little Tobias has got a head on his shoulders,
and so has Master Harry, and with "Rough" to
help them, they will get along well enough.'
Mrs Greening was right, and j st as the horses
were put too, ough's' bark was heard through the
woods. In a short time the van of the flock ap-
peared, with a native, who walked first to show the
way. Though 'Rough' had never been out in the
country before, he seemed to understand its charac-


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TRAVELLING.


ter, and the necessity of compelling the sheep to
follow the footsteps of the dark-skinned native be-
fore them.
It's capital fun,' cried Harry, as soon as he
saw Lucy. 'We have to keep our eyes about us
though, when coming through the wood especially,
but we have not let a single sheep stray away as
yet.'
Well, boys, our fire is still burning, and my
missus has cooked food enough for you all,' said
farmer Greening. So you may just take your
dinner, and come on after us as fast as you can.'
'We will not be long,' answered Harry. Hope.
mother, you have left some bones for "Rough"
though,' said Toby. He deserves his dinner as
much as any of us.'
'Here's a mess I put by for him to give when we
got to the end of our journey,' answered Mrs Green-
ing, drawing out a pot which she had stowed away
in the waggon. She called to Rough," who quickly
gobbled it up. The waggon then moved on, while
Harry and his companions sat round the fire to dis-
cuss their dinner. Rough,' in the meantime, vigi-
lantly keeping the sheep together.
The remainder of the journey was found more
difficult than the first part had been. Sometimes
they had to climb over steep ranges, when the
natives assisted at the wheels, while Mrs Greening
and Betsy pushed behind; then they had to descend
on the other side, when a drag was put on, and the


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wheels held back. Several wide circuits had to be
made to avoid hills on their way, and even when
over level ground, the fern in many places was so
very thick that it was rather hard work for the
horses to drag the waggon through it.
'This is a rough country,' observed Mrs Green-
ing, as she trudged on by her husband's side. I
didn't expect to see the like of it.'
Never fear, dame,' answered the farmer. 'In
a year or two we shall have a good road between
this and the port, and a coach-and-four may be run-
ning on it.'
At length the last range was passed, and they
reached a broad open valley, with a fine extent of
level ground. In the distance rose a hill, with a
sparkling river flowing near it, and thickly wooded
heights. Further on beyond, it appeared a bold
range of mountains, their highest peaks capped with
snow.
This is, indeed, a beautiful scene,' exclaimed
Lucy.
'That's our home, Miss,' said the farmer, point-
ing to the hill. If your eyes could reach as far,
you would just see the roof of your new house
among the trees. We shall come well in sight of
it before long.'
The waggon now moved on faster, as the fern
had been cut away or trampled down, and the horses
seemed to know that they were getting near home.
Mr Pemberton and the farmer's sons came down


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THE SETTLEMENT.


to welcome them, and to conduct them up to the
house.
Lucy was surprised to find what progress had
already been made. The whole of it was roofed
over, and the room she was to occupy was com-
pletely finished. The building was not very large.
It consisted of a central hall, with two bed-rooms
on either side, and a broad verandah running en-
tirely round it, behind it were some smaller de-
tached buildings for the kitchen and out-houses.
In front and on one side a space was marked off for
a flower garden, beyond which, extending down the
side of the hill to the level ground, was a large
space which Mr Pemberton said he intended for the
orchard and kitchen garden. On that side of the
house were sheds for the waggons and horses, though
now occupied by the native labourers.
'They consider themselves magnificently lodged,'
said Mr Pemberton. And they deserve it, for they
worked most industriously, and enabled me to put
up the house far more rapidly than I had expected.
I believe, however, that they would have preferred
the native wahr6, with the heat and smoke they
delight in, to the larger hut I have provided for
them, and I have been sometimes afraid they would
burn it down with the huge fire they made within.'
Farmer Greening's cottage, which was a little
way round on the other side of the hill, was built
on a similar plan to Mr Pemberton, but it was not
so far advanced.


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SYou must blame me, Mrs Greening, for this,'
said Mr Pemberton. Your husband insisted on
helping me with my house before he would begin
yours, declaring that he should have the advantage
of having mine as a model. I hope, therefore, that
you will take up your abode with us till yours is
finished, as Harry and I can occupy the tent in the
meantime.'
Mrs Greening gladly accepted the invitation;
she thought, indeed, that she should be of use to
Lucy in getting the house in order. The sitting-
room was not yet boarded, but a rough table had
been put in it, and round this the party were soon
seated at tea.
'Beg pardon, I hope I don't intrude, just looked
in to welcome you and my good friend Mrs Green-
ing to "Riverside." Glad to find that you have
arrived safe. Well, to be sure, the place is making
wonderful progress, we have three families already
arrived in the village, and two more expected to-
morrow, and I don't know how many will follow.
I have been helping my new friends to put up their
houses, and have been obliged to content myself
with a shake-down of fern in the corner of a shed;
but we settlers must make up our minds to rough
it, Mr Pemberton, and I hope to get my own house
up in the course of a week or two.'
These words were uttered by Mr Nicholas Spears,
who stood poking his head into the room at the door-
way, as if doubtful whether he might venture to enter.


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THE TEA PARTY.


'I thank you for your kind inquiries, Mr Spears,'
said Mr Pemberton, who, though he could not feel
much respect for the little man, treated him, as he
did everybody else, with courtesy. If you have not
had your tea come in and take a seat at our board.
We have but a three-legged stool to offer you.'
This was just what Mr Spears wished; and
sitting down he began forthwith to give the party
all the news of the settlement. From his account
Lucy was glad to find that two families, one that
of a naval, the other of a military officer, who had
just arrived in the colony, had taken land close to
theirs, and were about to settle on it.
Although the midsummer day was drawing to a
close, Harry and Toby, with the sheep, had not yet
made their appearance. Paul and James went off
to meet them, and take the flock where they were
to remain for the night, so as to relieve the boys of
their charge. There was a fine bright moon, so
they would have no difficulty in finding their way.
Not long afterwards Harry's voice was heard, echoed
by Toby's, shouting to the sheep, and the two boys
rushed up to the house.
Here we are, papa,' cried Harry. We have
brought the sheep along all safe, and now Paul and
James have got charge of them, we may eat our
supper with good consciences.'
Mrs Greening quickly placed a plentiful meal
before the two young shepherds, who did ample
justice to it.


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WAIHOURA.


We must get some cows, farmer, if we can pro-
cure any at a moderate price, when you next go
back to town,' said Mr Pemberton.
'That's just what I was thinking,' answered the
farmer.
'And some pigs and poultry,' added Mrs Green-
ing. I should not think myself at home without
them, and Miss Lucy and Betsy will be wanting
some to look after.'
'And a few goats, I suspect, would not be amiss,'
observed the farmer. I saw several near the town,
and I hear they do very well.'
Waihoura, who was listening attentively to all
that was said, seemed to comprehend the remark
about the goats, and made Lucy understand that
she had several at her village, and she should like
to send for some of them.
Supper being over, Mr Pemberton, according to
his usual custom, read a chapter in the Bible, and
offered up evening prayer; and after Mr Spears had
taken his departure, and the rest of the family had
retired to their respective dormitories, heaps of fern
serving as beds for most of them, Mr Pemberton
and the farmer sat up arranging their plans for the
future. The latter agreed to return to town the
next day to bring up the remainder of the stores,
and to make the proposed purchases.
Although they all knew that at no great distance
there were several villages inhabited by savages, till
lately, notorious for their fierce and blood-thirsty


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LIFE AT RIVERSIDE.


character, they lay down to sleep with perfect con-
fidence, knowing that the missionary of the gospel
had been among them, and believing that a firm
friendship had been established between them and
the white occupants of their country.





CHAPTER V.

Life at Riverside.-Waihoura begins to learn the truth.-Her
father, accompanied by several chiefs, comes to take her to
his pah, and she quits her friends at Riverside.

HE settlement made rapid progress. In
the course of a few weeks Mr Pember-
ton's and farmer Greening's houses were
finished, their gardens dug and planted; and they
had now, in addition to the sheep, which Harry
and Toby continued to tend, several cows and pigs
and poultry. Lucy, assisted by Betsy, was fully
occupied from morning till night; she, however,
found time to give instruction to Waihoura, while
Mr Pemberton or Valentine assisted Harry in his
studies. He seldom went out without a book in his
pocket, so that he might read while the vigilant
' Rough' kept the sheep together. Several other fa-
milies had bought land in the neighbourhood, and
had got up their cottages. Some of them were
very nice people, but they, as well as Lucy, were so


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constantly engaged, that they could see very little
of each other.
The Maoris employed by Mr Pembe t .. r 1, i 1.,h ,i
to Ihaka's tribe, and through them he heard of
his daughter. He had been so strongly urged by
Mr Marlow to allow her to remain with her white
friends, that he had hitherto abstained from visit-
ing her, lest, as he sent word, he should be tempted
to take her away. Lucy was very glad of this, as
was Waihoura. The two girls were becoming more
and more attached to each other, and they dreaded
the time when they might be separated.
SMaori girl wish always live with Lucy-never,
never part,' said Waihoura, as one evening the two
friends sat together in the porch, bending over a
picture-book of Scripture subjects, with the aid of
which Lucy was endeavouring to instruct her com-
panion. Lucy's arm was thrown round Waihoura's
neck, while Betsy, who had finished her work, stood
behind them, listening to the conversation, and
wondering at the way her young mistress contrived
to make herself understood. God does not always
allow even the dearest friends to remain together
while they dwell on earth,' replied Lucy to Wai-
houra's last remark. I used to wish that I might
never leave my dear mother; but God thought fit
to take her to Himself. I could not have borne the
parting did not I know that I should meet her in
heaven.'
What place heaven ?' asked Waihoura.


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LUCY AND WAIHOURA.


Jesus has told us that it is the place where we
shall be with Him, where all is love, and purity, and
holiness, and where we shall meet all who have
trusted to Him while on earth, and where there
will be no more parting, and where sorrow and
sickness, and pain, and all things evil, will be un-
known.
Maori girl meet Lucy in heaven said Wai-
houra, in a tone which showed she was asking a
question.
I am sure you will,' said Lucy, if you learn to
love Jesus and do His will.'
Waihoura was silent for some minutes, a sad
expression coming over her countenance.
SMaori girl too bad, not love Jesus enough,' she
said.
No one is fitted for heaven from their own
merits or good works, and we never can love Jesus
as much as He deserves to be loved. But He knows
how weak and wayward we are, and all He asks us
is to try our best to love and serve Him, to believe
that He was punished instead of us, and took our
sins upon Himself, and He then, as it were, clothes
us with His righteousness. He hides our sins, or
puts them away, so that God looks upon us as if we
were pure and holy, and free from sin, and so will
let us come into a pure and holy heaven, where no
unclean things-such as are human beings- of them-
selves can enter. Do you understand me '
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Lucy again to explain her meaning. At length her
countenance brightened.
'Just as if Maori girl put on Lucy's dress, and
hat and shawl over face, and go into a pakeha house,
people say here come pakeha girl.'
SYes,' said Lucy, inclined to smile at her friend's
illustration of the truth. But you must have a
living faith in Christ's sacrifice; and though the
work and the merit is all His, you must show, by
your love and your life, what you think, and say,
and do, that you value that work. If one of your
father's-poor slaves had been set free, and had re-
ceived a house and lands, and a wife, and pigs, and
many other things from him, ought not the slave to
remain faithful to him, and to try and serve him,
and work for him more willingly than when he was
a slain e' That is just what Jesus Christ requires of
those who believe in Him. They were slaves to
Satan and the world, and to many bad ways, and
He set them free. He wants all such to labour for
Him. Now He values the souls of people more
than anything else, and He wishes His friends to
make known to others the way by which their souls
may be saved. He also wishes people to live happily
together in the world; and He came on earth to
show us the only way in which that can be done.
He proved to us, by His example, that we can only
be happy by being kind, and gentle, and courteous
to others, helping those who are in distress, doing
to others as we should wish they would do to us.


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LUCY AND WAIHOURA.


If, therefore, we really love Jesus, and have a living
active faith in Him, we shall try to follow His
example in all things. If all men lived thus, the
gospel on earth would be established, there would
be really peace and good will among men.'
Very different here,' said Waihoura. Maori
people still quarrel, and fight, and kill. In pakeha
country they good people love Jesus, and do good,
and no bad.'
I am sorry to say that though there are many
who do love Jesus, there are far more who do not
care to please Him, and that there is much sin, and
sorrow, and suffering in consequence. Oh, if we
could but find the country where all loved and tried
to serve Him If all the inhabitants of even one
little island were real followers of Jesus, what a
happy spot it would be.' Waihoura sighed.
SLong time before Maori country like that.'
I am afraid that it will be a long time before
any part of the world is like that,' said Lucy. But
yet it is the duty of each separate follower of Jesus
to try, by the way he or she lives, to make it so.
Oh, how watchful we should be over ourselves and
all our thoughts, words and acts, and remembering
our own weakness and proneness to sin, never to be
trusting to ourselves, but ever seeking the aid of the
Holy Spirit to help us.'
Lucy said this rather to herself than to her com-
panion. Indeed, though she did her best to explain
the subject to Waihoura, and to draw from her in
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return the ideas she had received, she could not help
acknowledging that what she had said was very im-
perfectly understood by the Maori girl. She was
looking forward, however, with great interest, to a
visit from Mr Marlow, and she hoped that he, from
speaking the native language fluently, would be able
to explain many points which she had found beyond
her power to put clearly.
The work of the day being over, the party were
seated at their evening meal. A strange noise was
heard coming from the direction of the wahre, which
the native labourers had built for themselves, a short
distance from the house. Harry, who had just then
come in from his shepherding, said that several
natives were collected round the wahre, and that
they were rubbing noses, and howling together in
chorus. I am afraid they have brought some bad
news, for the tears were rolling down their eyes, and
altogether they looked very unhappy,' he remarked.
Waihoura, who partly understood what Harry had
said, looked up and observed-
o bad news, only meet after long time away.'
Still she appeared somewhat anxious, and continued
giving uneasy glances at the door. Valentine was
about to go out to make inquiries, when Ihaka,
dressed in a cloak of flax, and accompanied by se-
veral other persons similarly habited, appeared at
the door. Waihoura ran forward to meet him. He
took her in his arms, rubbed his nose against hers,
and burst into tears, which also streamed down her


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cheeks. After their greeting was over, Mr Pember-
ton invited the chief and his friends to be seated,
fully expecting to hear that he had come to announce
the death of some near relative. The chief accepted
the invitation for himself and one of his companions,
while the others retired to a distance, and sat down
on the ground. Ihaka's companion was a young
man, and the elaborate tattooing on his face and arms
showed that he was a chief of some consideration.
Both he and Ihaka behaved with much propriety,
and their manners were those of gentlemen who
felt themselves in their proper position; but as
Lucy noticed the countenance of the younger chief,
she did not at all like its expression. The tattoo
marks always give a peculiarly fierce look to the
features; but, besides this, as he cast his eyes round
the party, and they at last rested on Waihoura,
Lucy's bad opinion of him was confirmed.
Ihaka could speak a few sentences of English,
but the conversation was carried on chiefly through
Waihoura, who interpreted for him. The younger
chief seldom spoke; when he did, either Ihaka or
Iiis daughter tried to explain his meaning. Occa-
sionally he addressed her in Maori, when she hung
down her head, or turned her eyes away from him,
and made no attempt to interpret what he had said.
Mr Pemberton knew enough of the customs of the
natives not to inquire the object of Ihaka's visit, and
to wait till he thought fit to explain it. Lucy had
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come to claim his daughter, and she trembled lest
he should declare that such was his intention. Her
anxiety increased when supper was over, and he
began, in somewhat high-flown language, to express
his gratitude to her and Mr Pemberton for the care
they had taken of Waihoura. He then introduced
his companion as Hemipo, a Rangatira, or chief of
high rank, his greatly esteemed and honoured friend,
who, although not related to him by the ties of
blood, might yet, he hoped, become so. When he
said this Waihoura cast her eyes to the ground, and
looked greatly distressed, and Lucy, who had taken
her hand, felt it tremble.
Ihaka continued, observing that now, having
been deprived of the company of his daughter for
many months, though grateful to the friends who
had so kindly sheltered her, and been the means of
restoring her to health, he desired to have her return
with him to his pah, where she might assist in keep-
ing the other women in order, and comfort and con-
sole him in his wahre, which had remained empty
and melancholy since the death of her mother.
Waihoura, though compelled to interpret this
speech, made no remark on it; but Lucy saw that
the tears were trickling down her cheeks. VMr
Pemberton, though very sorry to part with his
young guest, felt that it would be useless to beg her
father to allow her to remain after what he had said.
Lucy, however, pleaded hard that she might be per-
mitted to stay on with them sometime longer. All


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she could say, however, was useless; for when the
chief appeared to be yielding, HIemipo said some-
thing which made him keep to his resolution, and
he finally told Waihoura that she must prepare to
:' ""! 1- him the following morning. He and
Hemipo then rose, and saying that they would sleep
in the wahre, out of which it afterwards appeared
they turned the usual inhabitants, they took their
departure.
Waihoura kept up her composure till they were
gone, and then throwing herself on Lucy's neck,
burst into tears.
Till I came here I did not know what it was
to love God, and to try and be good, and to live as
you do, so happy and peaceable, and now I must go
back and be again the wild Maori girl I was before
I came to you, and follow the habits of my people;
and worse than all, Lucy, from what my father said,
I know that he intends me to marry the Rangatira
Hemipo, whom I can never love, for he is a bad
man, and has killed several cookies or slaves, who
have offended him. He is no friend of the pakehas,
and has often said he would be ready to drive them
out of the country. He would never listen either to
the missionaries; and when the good Mr Marlow
went to his pah, he treated him rudely, and has
threatened to take his life if he has the opportunity.
Fear only of what the pakehas might do has pre-
vented him.'
Waihoura did not say this in as many words, but


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she contrived, partly in English and partly in her
own language, to make her meaning understood.
Lucy was deeply grieved at hearing it, and tried to
think of some means for saving Waihoura from so
hard a fate. They sat up for a long time talking on
the subject, but no plan which Lucy could suggest
afforded Waihoura any consolation.
'I will consult my father as to what can be
done,' Lucy said at last; or when Mr Marlow comes,
perhaps he can help us.'
'Oh no, he can do nothing,' answered Waihoura,
bursting into tears.
We must pray, then, that God will help us,'
said Lucy. He has promised that He will be a
present help in time of trouble.'
'Oh yes, we will pray to God. He only can
help us,' replied the Maori girl, and ere they lay
down on their beds they together offered up their
petitions to their Father in heaven for guidance and
protection; but though they knew that that would
not be withheld, they could not see the way in
which it would be granted.
Next morning Waihoura had somewhat re-
covered her composure. Lucy and Mrs Greening
insisted on her accepting numerous presents, which
she evidently considered of great value. Several of
the other settlers in the neighbourhood, who had
become acquainted with the young Maori girl, and
had heard that she was going away, brought up their
gifts. Waihoura again gave way to tears when the


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moment arrived for her final parting with Lucy ; and
she was still weeping as her father led her off, sur-
rounded by his attendants, to return to his pah.





CHAPTER VI.

Riverside.-Mr Marlow the missionary, visits the Pembertons.
-Lucy and her friends visit Ihaka.-A native Pah de-
scribed. A Feast. Native Amusements. Return to
Riverside.

HE appearance of Riverside had greatly
improved since Mr Pemberton and farmer
Greening had settled there. They had
each thirty or forty acres under cultivation, with
kitchen gardens and orchards, and Lucy had a very
pretty flower garden in front of the cottage, with a
dairy and poultry yard, and several litters of pigs.
Harry's flock of sheep had increased threefold, and
might now be seen dotting the plain as they fed on
the rich grasses which had sprung up where the
fern had been burnt. There were several other farms
in the neighbourhood, and at the foot of the hill a
village, consisting of a dozen or more houses, had
been built, the principal shop in which was kept by
Mr Nicholas Spears. The high road to the port
was still in a very imperfect state, and the long
talked of coach had not yet begun to run. Com-


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munication was kept up by means of the settlers'
waggons, or by the gentlemen, who took a shorter
route to it on horseback.
Mr Marlow at length paid his long promised
visit. Lucy eagerlyinquired if he had seeniWaihoura.
I spent a couple of days at Ihaka's pah on my
way here,' he replied, 'and I am sorry to say that
your young friend appears very unhappy. Her
father seems resolved that she shall marry Hemipo,
notwithstanding that he is a heathen, as he has
passed his word to that effect. I pointed out to
him the misery he would cause her; and though
he loves his child, yet I could not shake him. He
replied, that a chief's word must not be broken, and
that perhaps Waihoura's marriage may be the means
of converting her husband. I fear that she would
have little influence over him, as even among his
own people he is looked upon as a fierce and vin-
dictive savage.' Poor Waihoura !' sighed Lucy.
' Do you think her father would allow her to pay
us another visit I should be so glad to send and
invite her.'
I am afraid not,' answered Mr Marlow. Ihaka
himself, though nominally a Christian, is very luke-
warm; and though he was glad to have his daugh-
ter restored to health, he does not value the advan-
tage she would derive from intercourse with civilized
people. However, you can make the attempt, and
I will write a letter, which you can send by one of
his people who accompanied me here.'


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LUCY VISITS A PAH.


The letter was written, and forthwith despatched.
In return Ihaka sent an invitation to the pakeha
maiden and her friends to visit him and his daughter
at his pah. Mr Marlow advised Lucy to accept it.
The chief's pride possibly prevents him from
allowing his daughter to visit you again, until,
according to his notions, he has repaid you for the
hospitality you have shown her,' he observed. You
may feel perfectly secure in going there; and, at all
events, you will find the visit interesting, as you
will have an opportunity of seeing more of the
native customs and way of living than you other-
wise could.'
Mr Pemberton, after some hesitation, agreed to
the proposal, and Valentine undertook to escort
his sister. Harry said he should like to go; but
then about the sheep-I cannot leave them for so
long,' he said. James Greening offered to look after
his flock during his absence. A lady, Miss Osburn,
a very nice girl, who was calling on Lucy, expressed
a strong wish to accompany her.
'I think that I am bound to go with you, as I
have advised the expedition, and feel myself answer-
able for your safe conduct,' said Mr Marlow. I
may also prove useful as an interpreter, and should
be glad of an opportunity of again speaking to Ihaka
and his people.'
A message was accordingly sent to the chief,
announcing the intention of Lucy and her friends
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The road, though somewhat rough, was con-
sidered practicable for the waggon, which was ac-
cordingly got ready They were to start at daybreak,
and as the pah was about twelve miles off, it was
not expected that they would reach it till late in
the afternoon. Two natives had been sent by Ihaka
to act as guides, and as they selected the most level
route, the journey was performed without accident.
About the time expected they came in sight of
a rocky hill rising out of the plain, with a stream
running at its base. On the summit appeared aline
of palisades, surmounted by strange looking figures,
mounted on poles, while in front was a gateway,
above which was a larger figure, with a hideous
countenance, curiously carved and painted. The
natives pointed, with evident pride, at the abode of
their chief.
As the path to it was far too steep to allow of
the waggon going up it, Lucy and her friend got
out to ascend on foot. As they did so, the chief
and a number of his people emerged from the gate-
way, and came down to meet them. The usual
salutations were offered, and the chief, knowing the
customs of his guests, did not offer to rub noses.
Lucy inquired anxiously for Waihoura. She was,
according to etiquette, remaining within to receive
her visitors.
After passing through a gateway, they found a
second line of stockades, within which was a wide
place occupied by numerous small wahres, while at


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A CHIEF'S DWELLING.


the further end stood two of somewhat larger size,
ornamented with numerous highly carved wooden
figures. On one side was a 1.,,;.1]r,.. raised on
carved posts, with a high-pitched roof-it was still
more highly ornamented than the others, in gro-
tesque patterns, among which the human face pre-
dominated. This latter was the chief's store-house,
and it was considerably larger and handsomer than
his own abode. The dwelling-houses were of an ob-
long shape, about sixteen feet long and eight wide,
with low walls, but high sloping roofs ; the doors
were so low that it was necessary to stoop when
entering. The roofs were thatched with rampo, a
plant which grows in the marshes; and the walls
were of the same material, thickly matted together,
so as to keep out both rain and wind.
As the party advanced, Waihoura appeared from
her wahre, and throwing her arms on Lucy's neck,
began to weep as if her heart would break. She
then conducted her friends into the interior, while
the chief took charge of Mr Marlow, Valentine, and
Harry.
Waihoura's abode was clean and neat, the ground
on each side covered thickly with fern, on the top of
which mats were placed to serve as couches. Here
the Maori girl begged her guests to be seated, and
having recovered her composure, she thanked Lucy
warmly for coming, and made inquiries about her
friends at Riverside. She smiled and laughed, and
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the same person she had been a few minutes before.
She became very grave, however, when Lucy asked
if her father still insisted on her marrying Hemipo.
SHe does,' she answered, in a sad tone. But
I may yet escape, and I will, if I can, at all risks.'
She pressed her lips together, and looked so
firm, that Lucy hoped that she would succeed in
carrying out her resolution.
Their conversation was interrupted by a sum-
mons to a feast, which the chief had prepared, to do
honour to his guests. In the centre of the pah a
scaffold was erected, with bars across it, on which
were hung up various fish, pieces of pork, and wild
fowl, while on the top were baskets full of sweet
and ordinary potatoes, and a variety of other vege-
tables and a number of women were employed in
cooking, in ovens formed in the ground. These
ovens were mere holes filled with hot stones, on the
top of which the provisions were placed, and then
covered up with leaves and earth.
In deference to the customs of their white friends,
the natives had prepared seats for them, composed
of fern and mats, in the shade of the chief's wahre,
while they themselves sat round, at a respectful dis-
tance, on the ground, in the hot sun.
When all were arranged, the chief, wrapped in
his cloak, walked into the centre, and marching
backwards and forwards, addressed the party, now
turning to his guests, now to his countrymen, the
rapidity of his movements increasing, till he appeared


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MIR MARLOW'S ADDRESS.


to have worked himself into a perfect fury. Wai-
houra, who sat by Lucy's side, begged her and her
friend not to be alarmed, he was merely acting
according to custom. Suddenly he stopped, and
wrapping his cloak around him, sat down on the
ground.
Mr Marlow considered this a good opportunity
of speaking to the people, and rising, he walked
into their midst. His address, however, was very
different to that of the chief's. He reminded them
that God, who rules the world, had given them all
the food he saw there collected; that He desires to
do good to the bodies of men, and to enable them
to live in happiness and plenty; but that He loves
their souls still more, and that He who had pro-
vided them with the food was ready to bestow on
them spiritual blessings, to feed their souls as well
as their bodies : that their bodies must perish, but
that their souls must live for ever-He had sent
the missionaries to them with His message of love,
and He grieved that they were often more ready to
accept only the food for their bodies, and to reject
that which He offers for their souls. Much more
he spoke to the same effect, and explained all that
God, their Father had done for them when they
were banished for their sins, to enable them again to
become His dear children. Earthly fathers, he
continued, are too often ready to sacrifice their child-
ren for their own advantage, regardless of their hap-
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winced when he heard these remarks, and fixed his
eyes on the speaker, but said nothing. Other
chiefs, who had come as guests, also spoke. Lucy
was glad to find that Hemnipo was not among
them.
The feast then commenced, the provisions were
handed round in neat clean baskets to each guest.
Ihaka had provided plates and knives and forks for
his English friends, who were surprised to find the
perfect way in which the fish and meat, as well as
the vegetables, were cooked.
After the feast, the young people hurried out of
the pah towards a post stuck in the ground, on one
side of a bank, with ropes hanging from the top ; each
one seized a rope, and began running round and
round, now up, now down the bank, till their feet
were lifted off the ground, much in the way English
boys amuse themselves in a gymnasium. In another
place a target was set up, at which the elder boys
and young men threw their spears, composed of
fern stems, with great dexterity. Several kites,
formed of the flat leaves of a kind of sedge, were
also brought out and set flying, with songs and
shouts, which increased as the kite ascended higher
and higher. A number of the young men exhi-
bited feats of dancing, which were not, however,
especially graceful, nor interesting to their guests.
When the sun set the party returned to the pah.
Mr Marlow, accompanied by Val, went about
among the people, addressing them individually,


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LUCY'S RETURN HOME.


and affording instruction to those who had expressed
an anxiety about their souls.
Ihaka had provided a new wahre for his visi-
tors, while Waihoura accommodated Lucy and Miss
Osburn in her hut.
Lucy had hoped to persuade Ihaka to allow his
daughter to return with her, but he made various
excuses, and Waihoura expressed her fears that she
was not allowed to go on account of Hemipo, who
objected to her associating with her English friends.
Next morning the party set out on their return,
leaving Waihoura evidently very miserable, and
anxious about the future. They had got a short
distance from the pah, when a chief with several
attendants passed them, and Lucy felt sure, from
the glimpse she got of his features, that he was
Hemipo, especially as he did not stop, and only of-
fered them a distant salutation. Mr Marlow again
expressed his regret that he had been unable to
move Ihaka. Still, I believe, that he is pricked in
his conscience, and he would be glad of an oppor-
tunity of being released from his promise,' he re-
marked. The chief considers himself, however, in
honour bound to perform it, though he is well aware
that it must lead to his daughter's unhappiness. I
do not, however, suppose that he is biased by any
fears of the consequences were he to break off the
marriage, though probably if he did so Hemipo
would attack the fort, and attempt to carry off his
bride by force.'


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WAIHOURA.


When the party got back to Riverside, their
friends were very eager to hear an account of their
visit, and several regretted that they had not accom-
panied them.
Who would have thought, Miss Lucy, when
we first came here, that you would ever have slept
inside one of those savage's huts ?' exclaimed Mrs
Greening. 'My notion was, that they would as
likely as not eat anybody up who got into their
clutches ; but I really begin to think that they are
a very decent, good sort of people, only I do wish
the gentlemen would not make such ugly marks on
their faces-it does not improve them, and I should
like to tell them so.'



CHAPTER VII.

Prosperous condition of the settlement. -Mr Pemberton and his
sons go out shooting.--Waihoura is observed flying from
Hemipo, who fires and wounds her.-Rescued by Mr Pem-
berton and taken to Riverside.-Val goes for Dr Fraser.-
On their return, Rahana, a native chief, saves their lives.-
Ihaka arrives with his followers to defend the farm, as
also do Rahana's, but no enemy appears, and they, with
Waihoura, return to Ihaka's pah.

HE little settlement went on prosperously,
the flocks and herds increased, and more
land was brought under cultivation; the
orchards were producing fruit, and the kitchen
gardens an abundance of vegetables.


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MR PEMBERTON OUT SHOOTING.


There had been outbreaks of the natives in the
northern part of the island, but those in their
immediate neighbourhood were supposed to be
peaceably disposed, and friendly towards the Eng-
lish.
Lucy had been for some time expecting to hear
from Waihoura, and she feared, from the last account
she had received from her, that the marriage the
poor girl so much dreaded with Hemipo, might soon
take place.
I am afraid it can't be helped,' observed Mrs
Greening, who was trying to console her. 'After
all, he is her own countryman, and maybe she will
improve him when they marry.'
'Oh, but I mourn for her because he is a heathen,
and a cruel bad man,' said Lucy, and I am sure she
is worthy of a better fate.'
Mr Pemberton and Valentine had shortly after
this gone out with their guns to shoot some wild
fowl which had visited the banks of the river. The
young Pembertons and Greenings had built a boat,
and as the birds appeared more numerous on the
opposite side, Harry, who met them, offered to
paddle them across. While Harry remained in the
canoe, they proceeded up a small stream which ran
into the main river. They were approaching the
border of the forest. Although the foliage, entwined
by creepers, was so dense towards the upper part of
the trees that the rays of the sun were unable to
penetrate through it, the lower part was open and
f


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free from underwood, thus enabling them to pass
among the trees without difficulty, and to see for a
considerable distance into its depths.
'We shall find no birds there,' observed Val.
'Had we not better turn back and continue along
the bank of the main stream .'
They were just about to do as Val proposed,
when they caught sight of a figure running at full
speed through the forest towards them.
'It is a woman, I believe,' exclaimed Val. Yes,
and there is a man following her. She is endeavour-
ing to escape from him. She is crying out, and
making signs for us to come to her assistance. She
is Waihoura !'
As he spoke, the savage stopped, then levelled
his rifle and fired. Waihoura shrieked out, and
running a few paces further towards them, fell.
'I must punish the villain,' exclaimed Val,
dashing forward.
Stay, my boy,' said Mr Pemberton, he deserves
punishment, but not at our hands,-let us try and
assist the poor girl.'
They hurried to where Waihoura lay. The
bullet had wounded her in the shoulder. Mean-
time the savage had retreated, and when they looked
round for him, he was nowhere to be seen.
'We must take the poor girl to the house and
endeavour to obtain surgical assistance for her,' said
Mr Pemberton.
They lifted her up and bore her along towards


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WAIHOURA WOUNDED.


the river. Valentine shouted for Harry, who quickly
came up with the canoe.
Waihoura was too much agitated to speak, or to
tell them by whom she had been wounded. Still
her countenance exhibited an expression rather of
satisfaction than of alarm. Harry having secured
the canoe, ran on before his father and brother to
prepare Lucy for the arrival of her friend. Waihoura
was carried into the house, and placed on the bed
she had formerly occupied, while Harry ran on to
get Mrs Greening to assist in taking care of her.
Left with Lucy and Betsy, Waihoura soon re-
covered her composure.
'I have escaped from him,' she said, in her
broken English. 'I have done what I long intended.
Hemipo came for me to my father's pah, and I was
delivered in due form to him, and so my father's
honour was satisfied. I went quietly for some dis-
tance, as if I was no longer unwilling to accompany
him, and then, watching my opportunity, I ran off,
hoping to make my escape without being discovered.
He saw me, however, and followed, though I was
already a long way off. I hoped to reach the river
and swim across to you, when he was nearly over-
taking me. Just then, as he caught sight of your
father and brother, in his rage and disappointment
he fired at me, and would have killed me had they
not come up to prevent him.'
Such was the meaning of the account Waihoura
gave Lucy, as she and Betsy were endeavouring to


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staunch the blood which continued to flow from the
wound. As soon as Mrs Greening arrived, she
advised Val to set off and obtain Dr Fraser's assist-
ance.
We may be able to stop the blood, but the
hurt is a bad one, and if the bullet is still in the
wound, will need a surgeon to take it out,' she ob-
served.
Valentine required no second bidding. Harry,
indeed, had already got a horse ready. He galloped
away, taking the shortest cut across the country to
the fort. Valentine had to spend some time in
searching for Dr Fraser, who had gone off to a
distance, and when he returned he had a patient to
whom it was absolutely necessary he should attend.
I'll not be a moment longer than I can help,'
exclaimed the doctor. 'I felt great interest in that
pretty little native girl. There's one comfort, that
the natives seldom suffer from fever through injuries.
You ride back and say I am coming.'
I would rather wait for you,' answered Valen-
tine. Though he was sorely annoyed at the delay,
it enabled him to give his horse a feed, and to rest
the animal, so that there was not so much time lost
as he supposed.
At length the doctor was ready, and they set off
to take the way by which Valentine had come. They
had gone rather more than half the distance, and
were approaching a defile between two high hills,
covered thickly with trees, and wild rugged rocks on


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DANGER IN THE WAY.


either side. They were just about to enter it when
a Maori, who, by the way he was dressed, appeared
to be a chief, was seen hurrying down the side of
the hill towards them, and beckoning to them to
stop.
He wishes to speak to us,' said Valentine, shall
we wait for him 1'
'I hope that his intentions are friendly,' observed
the doctor. These fellows have been playing some
treacherous tricks to the settlers in the north, and it
is as well to be prepared.'
His manner does not appear to be hostile,'
observed Valentine. I will ride forward to speak
to him.'
Valentine had not gone many paces before he
met the native, who hurriedly addressed him in
broken English.
'Go back and take another path,' he exclaimed.
'If you go forward you will be killed, there's a bad
chief, with several men, lying in wait to shoot you.
I have only just discovered their intentions, and
hurried forward to give you warning.'
'Can you tell us who the chief is asked
Valentine, not feeling very willing to believe the
stranger's statement.
'His name does not matter,' answered the young
stranger. He supposes me to be his friend, and
begged me to assist him, so that I do not wish further
to betray him, but I could not allow you to suffer.'
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man says, and we should be unwise not to take his
advice,' observed the doctor.
Valentine warmly thanked the stranger, who
offered to lead them by a path he was acquainted
with, which would enable them to escape the am-
bush and reach the river side with little loss of
time. He accordingly led them back for some dis-
tance, and then striking off to the right over the
hills, conducted them through another valley, which
in time took them out on to the open plain.
You are safe now,' he said. ide on as fast
as you can, so that your enemy may not overtake
you.'
'I should like to know who you are, that we
may thank you properly for the benefit you have
done us,' said Valentine, and I am sure Ihaka's
daughter, on whose account Dr Fraser is going to
our settlement, will desire to express her gratitude.
She is sorely wound ed, and I fear in much danger.'
Wounded and in danger,' exclaimed the young
stranger. How has she received an injury ?'
'She was basely shot at by a Maori,' answered
Val.
'The chief told me that it was your sister who
was ill, and that you having grossly insulted him,
he was determined to revenge himself on you.' He
stopped for a few moments as if for consideration.
'I will accompany you,' he said. 'If I go back I
shall not be able to resist accusing him of his treach-
ery, and bloodshed may be the consequence.


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Come along then, my friend,' said the doctor,
'you are fleet of foot, and will keep up with our
horses.'
The stranger, a fine young man, one of the hand-
somest natives Valentine had as yet seen-his face
being, moreover, undisfigured by tattoo marks,-on
this ran forward, and showed by the pace he moved
at, that he was not likely to detain them.
It was dark when they reached Riverside, but
Lucy had heard the sound of their horses' feet, and
came out to meet them.
'I am so thankful you have come, doctor,' she
exclaimed. 'Waihoura is, I fear, suffering much
pain, and we have been able to do little to relieve
her.'
The doctor hurried into the house. His report
was more favourable than Lucy had expected. He
quickly extracted the bullet, and promised, with the
good constitution the young girl evidently possessed,
that she would soon recover.
Valentine invited the young stranger to remain,
and he evidently showed no desire to take his de-
parture.
'I wish to stay for your sakes as well as my
own,' he said, and I would advise you to keep a
vigilant watch round the house during the night.
The man who has committed so foul a deed as to
shoot Ihaka's daughter, must from henceforth be
Rahana's foe, and I now confess that it was Hemipo
who intended to waylay and murder you. I am


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myself a Rangatira, chief of a numerous tribe. My
father ever lived on friendly terms with the English,
and seeing the folly of war, wished also to be at
peace with his neighbours, and I have desired to fol-
low his example. Among our nearest neighbours was
Hemipo, who, though one I could never regard with
esteem, has always appeared anxious to retain my
friendship. Hitherto I have, therefore, frequently
associated with him, but from henceforth he must
be to me as a stranger. He is capable, I am con-
vinced, of any treachery, and when he finds that
you have escaped him on this occasion, will seek
.another opportunity of revenging himself.'
This was said partly in English and partly in
Maori.
Mr Pemberton, following the advice he received,
sent to farmer Greening and several other neigh-
bours, asking their assistance in guarding Waihoura,
thinking it possible that Hemipo might attack the
place and attempt to carry her off. Among others
who came up was Mr Spears, with a cartouche-box
hanging by a belt to his waist, and a musket in his
hand.
Neighbors should help each other, Mr Pem-
berton,' he said as he made his appearance, 'and so
I have locked up the shop, and shall be happy to
stand sentry during the night at any post you may
assign me. Place me inside the house or outside, or
in a cow-shed, it's all the same to me. I'll shoot
the first man I see coming up the hill'


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PRECAUTIONS.


Valentine suggested that Mr Spears was as likely
to shoot a friend as a foe, and therefore placed him,
with a companion, in one of the sheds, strictly en-
joining him not to fire unless he received an order
to do so.
From the precautions taken by Mr Pemberton,
it was not likely that Hemipo would succeed even
should he venture on an attack, especially as every
one in the settlement was on the alert.
The night passed off quietly, and in the morn-
ing Dr Fraser gave a favourable report of WVaihoura.
A messenger was then despatched to Ihaka, to inform
him of what had occurred. He arrived before sun-
set with several of his followers, well-armed, and at
once requested to have an interview with his daugh-
ter. On coming out of her room he met Mr Pem-
berton, and warmly thanked him for having again
preserved her life.
'From henceforth she is free to choose whom
she will for a husband,' he observed. I gave her,
as I was bound to do by my promise, to Hemipo;
but she escaped from him, and as he has proved
himself unworthy of her, though war between
us be the result, I will not again deliver her to
him.'
Lucy, who overheard this, was greatly relieved.
Not knowing the customs of the Maoris, she was
afraid that the chief might still consider him-
self bound to restore Waihoura to her intended
husband.


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'I must go at once and tell her,' she said. I
am sure that this will greatly assist her recovery.'
She knows it. I have already promised her,'
said Ihaka. And I will remain here and defend
her and you, my friends, from Iemipo,-though
boastful as he is, I do not believe that he will ven-
ture to attack a pakeha settlement.'
Rahana, who had hitherto remained at a distance,
now came forward, and the two chiefs greeted each
other according to their national custom, by rubbing
their noses together for a minute or more. They
then sat down, and the young chief gave Ihaka an
account of the part he had taken in the affair.
'We have ever been friends,' answered Ihaka,
'and this will cement our friendship closer than
ever.'
They sat for some time talking over the matter,
and Rahana agreed to send for a band of his people
to assist in protecting their friends, and afterwards
to escort Waihoura to her home.
Till this time, the only natives who frequented
the settlement were the labourers employed on the
farm, but now a number of warriors might be seen,
with rifles in their hands, some seated on the hill-
side, others stalking about among the cottages.
They all, however, behaved with the greatest pro-
priety, declining even to receive provisions from the
inhabitants, both Ihaka's and Rahana's people
having brought an abundant supply. Though
scouts were sent out in every direction, nothing was


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WAIHOURA'S RETURN HOME.


heard of Hemipo, and it was supposed that he had
returned to his own village-either being afraid of
meeting those he had injured, or to hatch some plan
of revenge.
Dr Fraser, who had gone home when he consi-
dered Waihoura out of danger, returned, at the end
of a fortnight, and pronounced her sufficiently re-
covered to undertake the journey home, to which
Thaka was anxious to convey her, as she would be
there safer from any design Hemipo might enter-
tain, than in the unprotected cottage at Riverside.
Lucy, although she would gladly have had her remain
longer, felt that this was the case. The Maori girl
warmly embraced her before taking her seat on the
covered litter constructed for her conveyance, and
willingly gave a promise to return to Riverside as
soon as her father considered it safe for her to do
so. The young chief had constituted himself her
chief attendant, and when they set out placed him-
self by her side, which he showed no intention of
quitting. It appeared that they had hitherto been
strangers to each other, but Lucy, having observed
the admiration with which he had regarded Wai-
houra the first time they met, pleased with his
manners, could not help hoping that he might
become a Christian, and a successful suitor of her
friend. She watched the party as they took their
way along the road, till they were lost to sight
among the trees; and from the judicious precautions
they took of throwing out scouts, she trusted that


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they would escape being surprised even should
Hemipo be on the watch for them, and would reach
their destination in safety.
As soon as they were gone the settlement re-
turned to its usual quiet state.
After the character they had heard of Hemipo,
Mr Pemberton considered it prudent to keep a watch
at night, and to advise the Greenings, as well as his
own sons, to carry arms in their hands, and never to
go singly to a distance from the house.
Day after day passed by, till at length they be-
gan to feel that such precautions were unnecessary,
and by degrees they abandoned the habit, only oc-
casionally taking their guns when they went out to
shoot birds, or when the traces of a wild pig, which
happened to stray from the mountains, were disco-
vered in the neighbourhood. Few countries in the
world are so destitute of game or animals of any
description, or of noxious reptiles, as New Zealand;
the only reptile, indeed, being a harmless lizard,
while the only wild beasts are the descendants of
pigs originally introduced by Europeans, which
having escaped from their owners to the forests
where they roam at large.
Unhappily, although many of the natives lived
on the most friendly terms with the English, and
had made considerable advancement in civilization,
a large number still, at that period, retained much
of their former savage character, and, instigated
perhaps by evilly-disposed persons, from time to


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time rose in arms against the English, and though
inferior in numbers to the settlers, were enabled, in
their mountain fastnesses, to resist the attacks of
well-trained troops sent against them. They some-
times descended on the unprepared settlements,
murdered the inhabitants, and committed many
fearful atrocities. Of late years, however, finding
resistance vain, they have submitted to the English
Government, and as they possess equal rights and
privileges with the settlers, and are treated in every
respect as British subjects, it may be hoped that
they will become, ere long, thoroughly civilized and
contented with their lot, so infinitely superior to
that of their former savage state. At the time,
however, that the occurrences which have been
described took place, although cannibalism and
their more barbarous customs were almost aban-
doned, still a number of the tribes were hostile
to the English, and also carried on a fierce warfare
among themselves. Our friends at Riverside were
destined shortly to feel the ill effects of this state of
things.




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THE NATIVES.


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CHAPTER VIII.


Disturbance among the natives.-Volunteers from the settle-
ment.--Mr Pemberton and Val called away.-The settlers,
to their dismay, discover that the young Pembertons have
been carried off.

UCY had made tea, and her father and
brother, who had come in from their
work, had just taken their seats, when
Mr Spears, announced by Betsy, popped his head in
at the door.
'Beg pardon, Mr Pemberton, for intruding, but
I thought you would like to have this letter at
once,' he said, handing an official-looking envelope.
' I have sent several others of similar appearance to
a number of gentlemen in our neighbourhood, and
I suspect they mean something.'
Lucy observed that her father's countenance as-
sumed a grave expression as he read the document;
after requesting the bearer to sit down and take a
cup of tea.
More disturbances among the natives V' asked
Mr Spears. I hope, though, that they will keep
quiet in these parts.'
Yes, I am sorry to say that they have risen in
much greater numbers than heretofore, and matters
look very serious,' answered Mr Pemberton. The
Governor has requested me to assist in organizing a
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VOLUNTEERS.


body of volunteers to co-operate with the loyal na-
tives in this district, and to keep in check any of
the Maories who may be inclined to rebel, while
the troops are engaged with the main body of the
insurgents. I am afraid this will compel me to be
absent from home for some time.'
'May I go with you .' exclaimed Harry. I
should so like to have some soldiering.'
No, you must stay at home to take care of
Lucy and the farm,' answered Mr Pemberton.
' Val, you are named, and though I would rather
have left you in charge, we must obey the calls of
public duty. Farmer Greening will assist Harry
Paul and James will probably accompany me.'
'Put my name down as a volunteer,' exclaimed
Mr Spears. I'll have my musket and cartouche-
box ready in a trice. I shall be proud to go out
and fight my country's battles.'
Take my advice, Mr Spears, and stay at home
to look after your shop and the settlement-some
must remain behind to guard it,' said Mr Pem-
berton.
I am ready for the field, or for garrison duty,'
answered the little man, rising, and drawing him-
self up. 'I must go back with the news to the
village the people are suspecting that there is
something in the wind.'
Mr Pemberton and Valentine soon made the
necessary preparations for their departure, and
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other settlers, set out on their expedition. As the
natives in their immediate neighbourhood had al-
ways appeared very friendly, they had no anxiety
about the safety of Riverside.
Time passed on; news reached the settlement
that the volunteers had on several occasions been
engaged, and that the insurgents still made head
against them. Lucy could not help feeling anxious
at the prolonged absence of her father and brother;
but as they wrote word that they were well, she kept
up her spirits, hoping that the natives would soon
be convinced of the uselessness and folly of their
rebellion, and that peace would be established.
She also received visits from Mary Osburn and
other friends, and Mrs Greening never failed to
look in on her two or three times in the day, while
her husband kept his eye on the farm, and assisted
Harry in managing affairs. Lucy had hoped that
by this time it would be safe for Waihoura to pay
her a visit, and she had sent a message inviting her
to come to Riverside. In reply, Waihoura ex-
pressed her thanks for the invitation, but stated
that as her father was absent with many of his
people, taking a part in the war, she could not ven-
ture to quit home. She also mentioned that
Hemipo was supposed to have joined the rebels, as
he had not for some time been seen in the neigh-
bourhood.
A short time after this, as Harry was standing
on the bank of the river, near which his sheep were


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THE WARNING.


feeding, he observed a small canoe gliding down
the stream. A single native was in it, who, as
soon as he saw him, paddled up to where he stood.
The stranger leaped on shore, and asked Harry, in
Maori, pointing to the hill, whether he did not be-
long to that place. As Harry understood very
little Maori, he could but imperfectly comprehend
what the man, who appeared to be delivering a
message, was saying. The stranger, perceiving
this, tried to help his meaning by dumb show, and
Harry heard him repeat the name of Hemipo seve-
ral times. The man placed himself on the ground,
and shut his eyes, as if he was asleep, then he
jumped up, and, moving away, ran up to the spot,
and pretended to be lifting up a person whom he
carried to the canoe. He did this several times,
then he flourished his arms as if engaged with a
foe, leaping fiercely about from side to side, and
then jumped into his canoe and began to shove it
off, as if he was going to paddle up the stream.
He returned, however, again coming up to Harry,
and, with an inquiring look, seemed to ask whether
he was understood Harry asked him to repeat
what he had said, and at length made out, as he
thought, that the stranger wished to warn him that
the settlement would be attacked at night, while
the inhabitants were asleep, by Hemipo, whose ob-
ject was to carry them off as prisoners, but when
this was likely to take place he could not discover.
The stranger, who was evidently in a great hurry to
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