| The Jubilee, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1898.  Te Tiupiri, Pepuere 1, 1898,
describe it. These 300 Maoris, both men
and women, and most of them tatooed, were
half naked, to give more freedom to their
limbs. They range themselves in a body,
patiently wait for the signal, as their chiefs
are supposed to be out reconnoitering, and
from behind a fence they burst on them like
red-hot shells. Then the principal chief
waved his hands over them and breathed on
them, and as if by magic they are all turned
to fiends, highly charged with magnetism.
He commences a little harangue; then comes
the response from the whole body of thema
most unearthly yell. This is the defiance.
Oh! it was terrible. They begin to work
their bodies and limbs slowly at first, just to
get up steam. Now they are getting very
excitable, their eye balls roll fearfully, and
they scream dreadfully. Up and down go
their feet, while they slap their thighs with
their left hand, all beautifully to time to a
most dismal chant. They soar up to a tre-
mendous crescendo, and gradually fall in
' diminuendo, while they surge about like the
restless ocean this way and that way, their
tongues rolling about, with froth at the mouth,
quaking and drawing in their breath hideously.
Up fly their weapons in the air, and the fierce-
ness and hate that shone from them was
sublime. The applause that fell from the on-
lookers was deafening. Some of these very
living Maoris were only a few years back
cannibals. Afterwards come the Poi dance
by young Maori girls, and this was very
pretty. Now for the sham fight from the
Volunteers. The Mounted Rifles formed the
attacking force. The defenders were composed
of the Boys' School Cadets and 100 Navals,
under the command of Lieut. M. Niel, of
Aramoho. The fight was opened by the
Naval scouts, engaging the Mounted Rifles
very creditably The march-past was creditably
done. At four in the afternoon the shades of
eve were stealing on, so the Royal Salute was
fired with hats in the air, three ringing cheers
for Victoria, and the sun went down on one of.
the most pleasant days that I can remember.
The Town Council of Whanganui spent £100
on fireworks, which were manufactured in the
colony. In the evening a grand illuminated
procession went through the principal streets.
Noticeable was a tableau representing an
incident at the battle of the Alma; also a fine
one of the course where the firework display
took place; the rockets and set pieces were
very fine, especially one to Queen Victoria,
and while it was burning the National Anthem
. was sung. Then came a view of the town
illuminations, which were very good indeed,
especially the town lamp with its large crown.
The bridge, too, was very brilliant. And it
came to pass as I journeyed down to the quay
that I lighted on a certain old building, which
was used in the old days as a coach factory.
On looking within I saw that the Maoris were
at it again. They were still grievously
tormented with Taipo (their devil). They
were giving the poor, old wood floor pepper,
(poor things, they'd had a little drink on this
memorable occasion). After waiting for the
cable which conveyed to us the cheering news
of the National Anthem at St. Paul's, London,
the bonfires blaze away on the mountains, and
the church bells are ringing peal after peal.
So in the small hours on my homeward way I
pass the Maori encampment.... I
pause... all is hushed to. sleep. The
beautiful moon is shedding its soothing rays
on them. It is calm, and delightfully quiet.
For, Io! the evil spirit has departed from out
of them. [The contributor of the above
interesting, account of a New Zealand Jubilee
is a brother of Mr W. Bull, Spring-road,
Kempston, and of Mr H. Bull, Harpur-street,
Rapaki, Hanuere 25, 1898.
KI TE ETITA O TE TIUPIRI.
'. EHOA tena koe ki te pai koe mau e panui tenei
kupu ki to nupepa.
I raro i te tahi motini i paahitia e te Runanga o
te Kotahitanga ki Papawai, e penei ana me tatau te
tokomaha o nga tangata Maori katoa o nga motu e
rua nei, kia mohiotia ai, kai te tipu ranei te iwi Maori,
kai te heke haere ranei, ko te take o tenei whakaaro
he mea kua ki tea tauanga a nga Pirihimana ku a
taha ake nei e 39, 000 te nui o nga Maori katoa o
Nui Tireni me penei te tikanga o te tatau, kia
mama ai. ma ia Komiti Runanga ranei e whiriwhiri
te tahi o ratou hei tatau i tona kainga i tona kainga
ki a poto katoa nga tane, nga wahine me nga
tamariki, me tuhi nga ingoa me te hapu ki o koutou
pukapuka tuturu, hei a koutou ano takato ai era
pukapuka, e ngari me tuhi ki te whika penei e 20
tane 15 wahine 30 nga tamariki tane e 20 tamariki
tane e 20 tamariki wahine huihui katoa e 85 me
pena te tatau mehemea kei era kainga etahi o
koutou e noho ana me tuhi atu ki to reira pukapuka,
he mea koi papangarua a koutou tuhituhi i nga ingoa
ka oti taua mahi me tuku atu ki to koutou komiti o
- runga ake, ara ki te Tiamana ki te mema tane
wahine ranei o te Runanga o te Kotahitanga, ma
ratou e whaka atu ki te Tiamana o te Runanganui
i te taima kua tu te hui, e ngari kia pono te mahi.
H. TARE TIKAO