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The Adventures of Kimble Bent


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Chapter I
The Deserter
On the banks of the Tangahoé—The runaway soldier—A Maori scout—Off to the rebel camp
pp. 16
Chapter II
Kimble Bent, Sailor and Soldier
Kimble Bent's early life—An Indian mother—Service in the American Navy—Departure for England—“Taking the Shilling”—British Army life—The flight to America—A sinking ship—Rescue, and landing in Glasgow—Back to the Army again—Soldiering in India—The 57th ordered to New Zealand—The Taranaki Campaign—A court-martial—At the triangles
pp. 721
Chapter III
The Camp of the Hauhaus
In the Maori country—Arrival at a Hauhau pa—Maori village scenes—The ceremonies round the sacred flagstaff—“Riré, riré, hau!”—The man with the tomahawk—A white slave—The painted warriors of Keteonetea—The blazing oven
pp. 2233page xiv
Chapter IV
In the Otapawa Stockade
The return from Keteonetea—The hill-fort at Otapawa—A korero with the Hauhaus—Bent's one-eyed wife—“The wooing o' 't”—Bent is christened “Ringiringi”.
pp. 3442
Chapter V
Te Ua, Priest and Prophet
Te Ua and his gods—The Pai mariré faith—“Charming” the British bullets—Bent's interview with the prophet—His life tapu'd—Preparing for battle—Life in the forest pa
pp. 4354
Chapter VI
The Storming of Otapawa
British forces attack the stockade—The bayonet charge—Flight of the Hauhaus—Through the forest by torchlight—Doctoring the wounded—The tangi by the river
pp. 5565
Chapter VII
Bush Life with the Hauhaus
Wild days in the forest—The Hauhau hunters—Maori woodcraft—Bird-snaring and bird-spearing—The fowlers at Te Ngaere—The slayer of Broughton—Another runaway soldier, and his fate—The tomahawking of Humphrey Murphy
pp. 6677page xv
Chapter VIII
The Hauhau Council-Town
Life in Taiporohenui—A great praying-house—The ritual of the Niu—Singular Hauhau chants—“Matua Pai mariré”—Bent's new owner, and his new wife—The tattooers—Another white renegade
pp. 7891
Chapter IX
A Forest Adventure
The two eel-fishers—Bivouac in the bush—A murderous attack—The Waikato's tomahawk—“Ringiringi's” escape
pp. 92101
Chapter X
The War-Chief and His Gods
The war-chief Titokowaru—Ancient ceremonies and religion revived—Uenuku, the god of battle—Titokowaru's mana-tapu—Bent makes cartridges for the Hauhaus—A novel weapon
pp. 102107
Chapter XI
“The Beak-of-the-Bird"
The stockade at Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu—In the Wharékura—Singular Hauhau war-rites—The “Twelve Apostles”—The enchanted taiaha—The heart of the pakeha: a human burnt-offering—An ambuscade and a cannibal feast
pp. 108118page xvi
Chapter XII
The Attack on Turuturu-Mokai Redoubt

Hauwhenua's war-party—A night march—Attack on Turu-turu-Mokai Redoubt—A heroic defence—The heart of the captain—Touch-and-go—Relief at last
pp. 119133
Chapter XIII
The Killing of Kane

Bent and Kane brought before Titokowaru—Kane's flight—Captured by the Hauhaus—A traitor's end
pp. 134138
Chapter XIV
Adventures at Te Ngutu-O-Te-Manu

In the midst of dangers—Bent stalked by Hauhaus—Old Jacob to the rescue—“Come on if you dare!”—The white man's new Maori name—Government forces attack and burn Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu—A new use for hand-grenades
pp. 139144
Chapter XV
A Battle in the Forest; and the Death of Von Tempsky

The second fight at Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu—Titokowaru's prophecy—Tutangé and his sacred war-mat—Bent's narrow escape—Government forces defeated—How von Tempsky fell—A terrible retreat—Colonial soldiers' gallant rearguard fight
pp. 145179page xvii
Chapter XVI
The Cannibals of the Bush

After the battle—The slain heroes of Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu—A terrible scene on the marae—What Bent saw from his prison-hut—The sword of “Manu-rau”—A funeral pyre—Priestly incantations—A soldier's body eaten—Why the Hauhaus became cannibals
pp. 180194
Chapter XVII
Skirmishing and Fort-Building

Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu abandoned—On the march again—Skirmishing on the PateaPakeha in pickle—A new stockade—Bent the pa-builder
pp. 195200
Chapter XVIII
The Fight at Moturoa Stockade

Kätené's vigil—Attack on the stockade—Major Hunter's death—A Hauhau warrior's desperate feat—Over the palisades—Government forces repulsed—A rear-guard fight—An unanswered prayer—Scenes of terror—Tihirua's burnt-offering—A soldier's body eaten
pp. 201225
Chapter XIX
The Tauranga-Ika Stockade

Another fighting-pa built—Scouting and skirmishing—The watcher on the tower—McDonnell and Titokowaru—How Trooper Lingard won the New Zealand Cross—Hairbreadth escapes—Pairama and the white man's leg
pp. 226239page xviii
Chapter XX
A Scouting Adventure

The passage of the Okehu—A night's vigil—Mackenzie the scout—“Maoris in the bush!”—The watchers in the fern—A race for life
pp. 240254
Chapter XXI
The Fall of Tauranga-Ika

Shot and shell—The fort abandoned—Flight of the Hanhaus—The chase—The fight at Karaka Flat—Mutilation of the dead—The ambuscade at the peach-grove—The sergeant's leg—Rewards for Hauhau heads
pp. 255261
Chapter XXII
The Forest-Foragers

Fugitive Hauhaus—Hard times in the bush—The eaters of mamaku—Bent's adventure—Lost in the woods—Rupé to the rescue—The tapu'd eels
pp. 262269
Chapter XXIII
A Battle in the Fog

The surprise of Otautu—An early morning attack—Kimble Bent's dream—“Kia tupato!”—A gallant defence—Brave old Hakopa—Flight of the Hauhaus
pp. 270276page xix
Chapter XXIV
The Head-Hunters

The skirmish at Whakamara—Hauhaus on the run—Government head-hunters—Major Kemp's white scout—Sharp work in the bush—Barbarism of the Whanganui—Kupapas—Smoke-drying the heads—A present for Whitmore—The heads on the tent floor—End of the war
pp. 277292
Chapter XXV
The Land of Refuge

The flight from Rukumoana—Retreat to the Waitara—The Kawau pa—Life in the Ngatimaru country—Rupé and his white man—A Maori Donnybrook fair—A tale of a taniwha
pp. 293305
Chapter XXVI
Bush Life on the Patea

The return to Rukumoana—The forest-village—Bird-snaring and bird-spearing—Bent the canoe-builder—His third wife
pp. 306310
Chapter XXVII
Hiroki: the Story of a Fugitive

Hiroki, the slayer of McLean—Strange faces at Rukumoana—A forest chase—A meeting and a warning—Hiroki's wild bush life and his end
pp. 311320page xx
Chapter XXVIII
Out of Exile

Canoeing on the Patea—The voyage to Hukatéré—The white man's world again—Bent the medicine-man—Makutu, or the Black Art—Bent's later day—The end
pp. 321332
Appendix pp. 333336