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shout. They then hurried me along to the fire, where I was immediately stripped of my hat, jacket, waistcoat, and shoes. My knife and tobacco box were taken from me, and I was pulled about in the rudest manner.
The women, in particular, treated me in a very rough way, and seemed to manifest toward me most savage feelings. After this, several of the chiefs went aside, and talked a good deal to themselves. I supposed they were holding a council, to determine what should be done with me. I had very little doubt they would resolve to kill me, and one of them came for ward, with a short war club in his hand, I believe for that purpose. But another chief interfered and my life was spared.
They then brought some meat in a basket, and they all sat down, and began to eat. I knew that these people made it a practice to eat human flesh, and I have very little doubt but what they were then eating the body of some captive taken in war. They offered me some of the meat, but I refused it with a shudder. They then gave me some potatoes, which had been roasted in the fire, and these 1 found very good.. .
After remaining here for two or three hours, the savages went away, and took me with them. We went to a village, about two miles distant, and here I was kept for two days. On the third day, the storm had entirely abated. All at once, there was a great bustle in the village; then the men all went off, and left me in charge of some of the women.
I had now no doubt that our vessel had returned, for I observed that all the men ran toward the shore. I endeavoured by signs, to inquire of the women, if the vessel had come back, but I could not make them understand me.
I resolved to wait a little while, till the vessel' had probably anchored, and then try to make my escape by running. Aster waiting about two hours, I prepared to make the attempt. Taking advantage of the moment, when the faces of the women who guarded me, were turned away, I sprang up, and rushed out of the cabin, or hut, in which I was confined.
It chanced that there was an old woman, with a roasted dog in her arms, just outside of the hut. I ran violently against her, and she and the roasted dog, rolled over and over on the ground. A great cry was now raised, and at least twenty women, set out in full chase.
Accustomed to active exercise, these women ran with considerable speed. But I easily kept before them. Some of them, however, picked up stones and sticks as they ran, and hurled them at me with great swiftness. One of the stones hit my shoulder, but it did not hurt me much.
I continued my flight and was soon at a distance from the whole pack, who, however, came yelling along behind. When I got upon the hill near the shore, I saw with inexpressible delight, that the vessel was at anchor, at no great distance.
The savages, to the amount of fifty or sixty, stood along the beach; but I resolved to rush through them, plunge into the water, and take my chance of escape by swimming. Accordingly, I set out to run down the hill that sloped to the water.
I had proceeded about half way, when the savages discovered me. Several of them came toward me, and placed themselves in a situation to stop me. Whenl came pretty near them however, I turned a little aside, and passed them. • I had nearly reached the shore, when a tall savage placed himself immediately before me, with a club in his hand. Knowing that my life depended upon the exertion of that moment, I sprang upon him, and striking him in the breast with both my fists, I laid him sprawling upon the ground.
Not stopping to look round, I leaped from a rock into the water, and swam for my life. Several stones thrown by the savages, came plashing around me. But a boat was immediately put off from the vessel, and I reached it in safety.
The ship leaves New Zealand. More about the people.
Massacre of Marion and his companions. Story of John Rutherford.
WHEN I reached the boat, I was very much exhausted, and for two or three hours I could hardly speak. Immediately after I got on board the ship, the sails were hoisted, and we began our voyage to England. I learned that soon after I fell over the precipice, considerable search was made for me ; but at length night set in, and the prospect of a storm obliged the commander of the vessel to put to sea, lest she should be driven upon the rocks in the gale.
As soon as the storm was over, he returned to the island, and thus l escaped. If I had been left with these barbarous people, it is probable they would have killed me, and eaten my flesh.
There are Missionaries now at New Zealand, and they are teaching the people that it is their duty to be kind, gentle, forgiving, industrious, and charitable. It is very pleasant to know that they listen to the missionaries, and are beginning to see the advantages of being Christians, rather than savages.
I will now tell you one or two stories, which will show you the character of these islanders, and enable you to perceive how great a blessing Christianity will be to them.
A great many navigators have been sent by the English and French governments, at various times, to make discoveries in the Pacific ocean. Captain Cook, whom I have mentioned before, came to New Zealand two or three times.