Abstract
Volume 1, No. 7
18591001


 
[p.1] Almanac
Notice giving publication and subscription details
The French and Austrian War
Reports the making of peace between France and Austria.
Describes a battle at Solferino, the turning point of the war, which resulted in many casualties.
Discusses the plight of those left as widows and orphans after such events.
pp.1-2 Taranaki
From Kipa Ngāmoke
Reports the meeting of a council to judge a group accused of fighting.
Records the speeches of each offender as they vow to turn from their wrongdoing.
Includes a whakataukī [proverb] a portion of a waiata [song].
From Kipa Ngāmoke and Poharama Te Whiti
Assures Pakeha that the afore-mentioned council was not linked to conflict with Pakeha but dealt with fighting amongst their own Taranaki people.
From Te Waitere [John Whiteley?]
Praises the efforts of Taranaki people to resolve their problems.
Asks readers to pray for everlasting peace.
pp.2-3 Belief in mākutu [spells]
Reports the death of a man named Wikirīwhi who, before he died, believed that he was the victim of a spell. Refers to his relatives searching for and killing the one believed to have cast the spell. Argues that Maori Christians should not believe in such practices. States that Maori gods are merely fabricated, and that God alone had power over life and death.
Includes scriptural quotations.
[This story is also reported in the newspaper Te Karere Maori in the same month.]
pp.3-4 The Church after Christ
Outlines the state of Christianity and persecution in Africa, Egypt and Rome in the first four centuries after Christ's death
Chapter 3
Kings after Trajan, Emperor of Rome
List of kings.
Great persecutions of the church
Discusses early martyrs.
Letter from Waata Paratene, Whāingaroa
Compares the state of Paratene's ancestors who had no measure of good and evil before Christianity came [to New Zealand] with the current time. Includes a whakataukī [proverb].
Mills
Advertisement for Kipihona and Warahe [Gibson and Wallace?] of Parnell who build machinery and mills, and survey waterways.