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The Jubilee, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1898. [2] 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 them—a

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,

Bedford. ]

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.

•Heoti ano

H. TARE TIKAO