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ner. When the Frenchmen got on board their boats, there were at least one thousand of the natives crowded on the beach, ready to rush upon them. But the Frenchmen pushed off into the water, and then they loaded their guns and fired among the rabble.
Stupified and astonished, the savages stood still, and a great many of them were killed.
Soon after this, the French sent a strong party ashore, to make a search for Marion. They went to a village where Tacouri, a chief, lived. They saw him running away with Marion's cloak over his shoulders. They went into his house, and there they found pieces of human flesh, some of which were roasted. They also found some articles belonging to Marion and his friends.
Having burnt this village, and some others, they returned to the ships, and on the 14th of July, they sailed away, They named the place where these dreadful things happened, the Bay of Treachery.
I will now tell you the story of John Rutherford. He was born at Manchester, England, in 1796. He went to sea when he was very young, and performed a number of voyages.
Being on board an English vessel at Hawaii, he was taken sick on one of the Sandwich islands. When he got well, he entered on board an American vessel called the Agnes.
After touching at several places, the vessel arrived at New Zealand, in March, 1816. She finally put in to a place, called Poverty Bay, on the southeastern part of the northern island. As soon as the vessel had dropped anchor, a great many canoes came off to the ship from every part of the bay, each containing about thirty women, by whom it was paddled. Very few men made their appearance that day ; but many of the women remained on board all night, employing themselves chiefly in stealing whatever they could lay their hands on: their conduct greatly alarmed the captain, and a strict watch was kept during the night.
The next morning one of the chiefs came on board, whose name they were told was Aimy. He was in a large war-canoe, about sixty feet long, carrying above a hundred of the natives, all provided with quantities of mats and fishing-lines.
These were made of the strong white flax of the country, with which they wished to trade with the crew.
The captain made an arrangement with this chief, to go ashore with some of his men, to fill some casks of water, which the people on board the ship wanted very much. While he was gone, the natives brought on board a number of pigs, and at the close of the day above two hundred had been purchased, with a quantity of fern root to feed them on.
During the night, the thieving was renewed, and carried to a more alarming extent, for it was found in the morning that some of the natives had not only stolen the lead off the ship's stern, but had also cut away many of the ropes, and carried them off in their canoes. not till daybreak, too, that the chief returned with his second cargo of water; and it was then observed that the ship's boat he had taken with him leaked a great deal; on which the carpenter examined her, and found that
many of the nails had been drawn out of her planks.
About the same time, Rutherford detected one of the natives in the act of stealing a piece of lead," which when I took from him,"
says he, in his book, “he grinded his teeth, and shook his tomahawk at me." “The captain, now paid the chief for fetching the water,
giving him two muskets, and a quantity of powder and shot—arms, ammunition, and iron tools being the only articles these people will trade for.
There were at this time about three hundred of the natives on the deck, with Aimy, the chief, in the midst of them; every man was armed with a green stone, slung with a string around his waist. This weapon they call a ‘inery’; they use it for the purpose of killing their enemies, by striking them on the head.
Smoke was now observed rising from several of the hills; and the natives appearing to be mustering on the beach from every part of the bay, the captain grew much afraid, and desired us to loosen the sails, and make haste down to get our dinners, as he intended to put to sea immediately. As soon as we had dined, we went aloft among the sails. At this time, none of the crew were on deck except the captain and the cook, the chief mate being employed in loading some pistols at the cabin table.
The natives seized this opportunity of commencing an attack upon the ship. First, the chief threw off the mat which he wore as a cloak, and, brandishing a tomahawk in his hand, be