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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. It was 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,—66which 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
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 mery'; 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
and, brandishing a tomahawk in his hand, be
gan a war-song, when all the rest immediately threw off their mats likewise, and, being entirely naked, began to dance with such violence, that I thought they would have stove in the ship's deck.
The captain, in the meantime, was leaning against the companion, when one of the natives went unperceived behind him, and struck him three or four blows on the head with a tomahawk, which instantly killed him. The cook, on seeing him attacked, ran to his assistance, but was immediately murdered in the same manner. I now sat down with tears in my eyes, and trembling with terror.
I next saw the chief mate come running up the companion ladder, but before he reached the deck, he was struck on the back of the neck, as the captain and the cook had been. He fell with the blow, but did not die immediately. A number of the natives now rushed in at the cabin door, while others jumped down through the skylight, and others were employed in cutting away some of the rigging.
At the same time, four of our crew jumped overboard off the foreyard, but were picked up hy some canoes that were coming from the shore, and immediately bound hand and foot. The natives now mounted the rigging, and drove the rest of the crew down, all of whom were made prisoners. One of the chiefs beckoned to me to come to him, which I immediately did, and surrendered myself.
We were then put altogether into a large canoe, our hands being tied; and the New Zealanders searching us, took from us our knives, pipes, tobacco-boxes, and various other articles. The two dead bodies, and the wounded mate, were thrown into the canoe along with us. The mate groaned terribly, and seemed in great agony, the tomahawk having cut two inches deep into the back of his neck; and all the while one of the natives, who sat in the canoe with us, kept licking the blood from the wound with his tonguepor
Meantime, a number of women who had been left in the ship had jumped overboard, and were swimming to the shore, after having cut the vessel's cable, so that she drifted, and ran .aground on the bar near the mouth of the river. Many of the canoes went to the land loaded with plunder from the ship; and numbers of
the natives quarrelled about the division of the spoil, and fought and slew each other.
While all this was going on, we were detain-' ed in the canoe; but at last, when the sun was set, they conveyed us on shore to one of the villages, where they tied us by the hands to several small trees. The mate had expired before we got on shore, so that there now remained only twelve of us alive.
A number of large fires were kindled on the beach, for the purpose of giving light to the canoes, which were employed all night in going backward and forward between the shore and the ship, although it rained the greater part of the time.
About ten o'clock in the morning the savages set fire to her; after which they all mustered together on a piece of ground near the village, where they remained standing for some time ; but at last they all sat down except five, who were chiefs, for whom a large ring was left vacant in the middle. The five chiefs, of whom Aimy was one, then approached the place where we were, and after they had stood consulting together for some time, Aimy released me and another, and, taking us into the