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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 36 of 1880.—Petition of Thomas Short

No. 36 of 1880.—Petition of Thomas Short.

Petitioner was a storekeeper, publican, and bonâ fide settler at Mahurangi Heads, in the Province of Auckland, when the Maori prisoners escaped from Kawau. He says that these persons did great damage to his property, and he claims compensation.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That this is one of a class of petitions for compensation frequently brought before the House, and which Parliament has hitherto refused to entertain; the Committee has therefore no special recommendation to make.

20th August, 1880.