Our Maoris

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...to Thee, take me'; and another prayer of hers was, ' This is my prayer for this people, that they may be kept by Thee in this world.' These were her last words." CHAPTER VIII. WAIKATO. 1852. N 1852 the Judge was asked to go as one of the Government Inspectors of native schools, and I gladly accompanied him. A cart was engaged to take me and our belongings for the first fourteen miles, as far as any road went. It had become very bad, and our driver, a cautious Scotchman, at every deep rut or boggy bit, would turn to me and say," I doubt if Jimmy will do it"; and when he bravely floundered through, he would mutter," I doubt if Jimmy'll do it going back." It was pleasant to change to the light litter; the men trotted along across the plain with me in a far easier way. When we got to a wide, well-known creek, called the Slippery Creek, from the uncertain footing, they were full of jokes, and called out to those who had already crossed to stand at ease and see our downfall into the water. The next day was very rainy, and the road was up and down steep wooded hills. The droppings from the branches came like a shower-bath on us as we pushed our way through the trees. We stopped to dine in the mid-day, and the men lit a roaring fire in an open space, and we warmed ourselves and dried our clothes. Our way led afterwards along a narrow muddy pig track. The poor fellows slipped and stumbled with me, and I felt like a daughter of the Pharaohs to oppress them so heavily. But they were good-tempered, and never grumbled, except at the cook, whose mess of flour had been made too thin, and they chaffed him unmercifully as the cause of every slip. We halted just before sunset in a dismal valley beside a stream. A great tree lay across the path, and our men soon...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672143
  • 9781236672148