|Newspaper Title||Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA : 1877 - 1927)|
|Trove Title||Maoriland Ho! Nature's Enchanting Wonder Isle. A Weird and Entrancing Romance|
A Weird and Entrancing
BY ATUA WE STB URr. \
CH A rn;ll HI.-Cosrisi'Ei).
" V.'liat post in this fair domain would your Uracious Majesty deign to 'jestow iijmil vour humble servant ?" Bald Feliton Hmwo, witli mock humility, when ho waa able to speak.
" Posiii!" rclioi'.il Brady, stopping m liir, walk, "By my fay, I'd makoyea gi'ierai on tho upot, a»' raise an array i>f M novi women on sobers for yo j an', by the piper, here's I'litama would beyer drum-major, and walk beforo the t'orco like u gander heforo the gceso ; eh, old
buv ?" And with a wild *' wurtoo " tho lilflo joker, in mi ecstacy of dovilmont, ?sprang three fact iu tho air, but missing his footing he ramo down on the hard ground with a dull tliud.
A (hi,lieu pullinv at this moment at tracted tho attention of the visitors. At the entrance to tho shod stood a tall, heavy, jiativo womaii, with her arms akimbo, surveying tno littlo manintnntiy. Such a burly, muscular Amazon, white, broivti or black, nmio of them had ever beheld in their lives. ller liugo facc, framed by a rusty colored Iteeoe which had probably never known comb or shears since her birth, was tattooed all over, and, save for a very scanty kilt about hor waist and a necklace of shark's teeth around hor bulky throat, aht) was as devoid of clothing as a dolphin.
The moment Burke Brady observed tho lady tho droll sportive humor faded from liis face altogether, and ho became sud denly meek and crestfallen, which made him look more comical than before.
" Ocho hone 1 it's l'utama herself ;? divil a one else. I'm undone; bedad I am. What will I do?" ho muttered hurriedly to himself, at the same time looking right and left, as if he meditated flight.
Pttiama, with a grin, which almost dis located her jaws, walked coolly up to the crestfallen Brady, »ud throwing her great anus arcjimd his neck, gave him a con vulsive hug, which, undoubtedly, would have proved fatal to any ordinary man.
" Hiily piper I Oil! och !" roared Brady, lustily, and struggled gallantly to £reo himself. " Let go yerhonlt. What d'ye mauo wid your tricks-in the pre sence of the gentlemen no less ? Arrah! elop yo'r humbuggm'-do. Shure, I'm ashamed of yc, and so I am 1"
Tim virago gnzed upon him with ama tory glances, und again treated him to another fond embracc, which left poor Brady breathless.
*' Musha, but this is illigant treatment," ho exclaimed ruefully, "tobe followed about an* squeezed like a ball of wool or a cork cheese 'jDtil the lifo is nearly out o' me. What d'ye luaue, eh?"
The Maori muttered something in her guttural tones.
" Your darliut, oh ?"' repeated Brady, indignantly ; " it's Jong sorry I'd be to bo your darlint. any how ; d'ye mind that Mow V Troth, I'll be out of this uurther iug place this \cry night."
^ Again the Amazon spoke to him.
" llo wid yi> to tho rirer, it it?" he repeated. " No, iny honey, I will not. Place, Mr Bell, send her out of that," cried lie, appealing to that gentleman.
Tho pood missionary declined to inter fere butween the lovers, and Brady, wax ing desperate, mado a sudden dart out of the slicd, but Putama caught him, and, despito his struggles, carried him to the bank of tho river, and there seat ing herself beside him, and placing one of her mus cular urins about liis waist, she held him
in "converse sweet" until tlio sun went down behind the western hilts.
Tho character of Burke Brady, in liis role of missionary, may soem a strange one, yet ho i« but a typo of many scattered through the Maori tribes of New Zealand, following the same functions. To be suc cessful as a teacher among tho natives, (ho instructor liimsulf must possess some direct qualification to win the admiration uf bis pupils. In Urady'a case, although
the fellow was not more than five feet high, he hadinliniie assurance, combined with courage, and a ready wit. He was the fleetest runner iu the district, Maori or I'.ikelia, and could leap higher and further than Awari, who wjs accounted chief athlclo among his people. Added to these gifts Brady could speak the language like a native, and, when he had nothing better to do, spent his time trans lating funny Irish ditties into Maori for tho especial benefit of his flock.
Tho little fellow's liihtory, as told by Mr Boll, was brief enough, but to the point. Brady's father, an immigrant, settled on the Waikato. Ono night tho Maories came and killed the whole fatojly, save Burke, who happened to be away from home at tho time. The boy was only twelvo years old when these things hap pened, but he went boldly to the chief of the tribe who had murdered his parents, .lid demanded retribution.
Hoko, the Maori, was the tallest and tho fiercest of his rice. Ho listened ijuielly until the lad had his say. Then hespoko to tho following effect:-"The A'frn (youth) in not wise to come to the wolf's den. Tho X'akehas are robbers every ono ; they deserve to die; Hako does not spare. Lot the Koro listen. Five mmulossliatl be given liiiu to roturn the road by which he came. At the end of that time the fleetest warriors of my people shall start in pursuit. If the Kero is token ho shall die the death. I have spoken."
Young Brady took the hint and fled. At thu end of the time allotted ten of the swiften of lfako's men started after him, but the Kcro out-ran them all, and es caped.
From that timo forth Burke Brady was known amongst tho Maoriesatt the " Fly iog Pig."